Zenith Open House and Fly-In

Zenith Aircraft Company is hosting its 27th annual Open Hangar Day & Fly-In on September 22 at its factory at Mexico Memorial Airport in Mexico, Missouri. The annual open house and fly-in event is a homecoming for many Zenith Aircraft customers from across the Midwest (and the entire U.S.) with many flying in to Mexico, Missouri, with their completed Zenith aircraft (whose parts were made at the Zenith Aircraft factory). The Open Hangar Day activities include factory tours, aircraft building and flying demonstrations, and activities for visitors of all ages. Continue reading "Zenith Open House and Fly-In"

Short-Winged Zenith

We all know that competition between kit companies can be fierce, and Zenith Aircraft LLC seems to be taking a stab at what many pilots refer to as the "short wing RV crowd" The term is loosely used to describe the original RV designs, noted for short wings when compared to the broader span cruise wings of later designs. Continue reading "Short-Winged Zenith"

Three-Hour Rudder

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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"