The trapezoidal box arrived from Mexico (Missouri) a few weeks ago, but we just recently had the time to open it up and begin looking at the parts for a Zenith 740 SuperDuty rudder. Three hours later- we didn't have a kit, we had a rudder! Yup - it really was that easy. From the pre-punched, match-holed parts to the included pneumatic squeezer with custom-machined nose-pieces, the kit was as complete as they come, and easy to assemble. All we had to add were a couple of handfuls of clecos and cleco pliers. Sebastien Heintz, owner, president, and chief bottle washer of Zenith, wanted us to experience the level of engineering that is going into the latest kits from his company, and I was happy to get a chance to see how they go together. Continue reading "Three-Hour Rudder"
Now what do you suppose is in such an odd-shaped box? I figure that UPS and FeedEx drivers (not to mention the long-suffering local mail carriers) have given up trying to guess what shows up with such frequency at homebuilder's houses across the globe. Especially when you reach than final few percent before final inspection, you'll be placing orders for fittings, nuts, screws, and what-knots several times a week - and they all show up at the door or mailbox these days. Continue reading "What Do You Suppose..."
Last week, just as I was girding to launch into the savage hinterlands of central Florida where Sebring is situated, I got a note from Sebastien Heintz, of Zenith Aircraft. At the Sport Aviation Expo, he wanted me to build a rudder from one of the company's new match-hole kits because he wished to make a point that might not be obvious. Continue reading "Sport Expo: Building Airplanes Is Getting Easier"
Zenith Aircraft's popular hands-on kit building workshops are returning to the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo next month.
The Zenith workshops are aimed at the first-time airplane builder and have become popular with sport aviation enthusiasts who are considering whether or not to build their own aircraft, but are unsure if they have the required skills, work-space and tools. Skills learned at this workshop are applicable to any metal design. Continue reading "Zenith Workshops Return to Sebring 2018"
You're invited! Join Zenith Aircraft Company at the Open Hangar Days and Fly-In at the kit factory in Mexico, Missouri on September 22 & 23! All aviation enthusiasts are invited to drive or fly-in for the activities. Starting on Friday morning there are two full days of activities planned. Come for the free educational seminars on building and flying your own airplane, and learn about new avionics and engine technology for sport aircraft. Continue reading "Zenith Open Hangar Days"
As I pushed the throttle in, lifted off of Wittman Field's runway 36(L) and pulled in to a right turn for a heading of 150, I caught a glimpse of AirVenture 2017 in the glare shield mirrors. Vibrant, full of airplanes, and crawling with people, the festivities would last two more full days, but my head and memory cards were full, and it was time to head west. Looking ahead, I picked out the three cub-like airplanes between me and the seaplane base, leveled off at 500' AGL and felt the acceleration that made those cubs look like stars in a special-effects hyper-speed sequence as I went by them on the right. It was another beautiful morning in Wisconsin!