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"

What Do You Suppose...

mystery delivery by UPS from Zenith Aircraft

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..."