Chris Heintz recipient of the Aeronautical Medal of France

September 10, 2017 - Chris Heintz was the recipient of the Aeronautical Medal of France.
The prestigious Médaille de l'Aéronautique was presented by French minister Ségolène Royal to Chris for his lifelong contributions aviation around the world.

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Comment by Terry Ketron on November 25, 2017 at 9:31am

Happy "EVERY DAY" Chris.

And congratulation on your recognition. You are at least as deserving of your reward as that Lindbergh fellow was.

I met you at Sun-N-Fun the year you built the first 701 there... c1988???  It was fascinating to watch.

Terry Ketron CFI-I

Comment by Giovanni Chiappa on November 25, 2017 at 1:45am

Toutes mes félicitations M Chris Heinz et bon anniversaire.

Giovanni Chiappa

Comment by Wayne Woloshin on November 23, 2017 at 9:36am
Congratulations Chris and Happy Birthday, I love your Flying your Plane.
Comment by Louis Collemiche on November 22, 2017 at 1:21pm
Toutes mes félicitations M Chris Heinz et bon anniversaire.
Louis Collemiche
Comment by Joe Harrington on November 21, 2017 at 9:23pm

Congratulations Chris! And Thank You for your contributions to our sport!

Best Regards,


Comment by Lyndon Leining on November 21, 2017 at 5:37pm


Staying true to your passion to design practical easy to build aircraft for your entire working life is to be admired and respected. I'm sure all of us who have had the pleasure of building one of your aircraft feel grateful for your many contributions. Thank You. 

Lyndon Leining

Comment by Cameron Roe on November 21, 2017 at 3:21pm

Congratulations Chris. Well deserved. 


Comment by Hank Optland on November 21, 2017 at 3:14pm

Dear Chris,

I am really impressed with your contribution to aviation all those years, from the stress analysis on the Concorde, to work at Robin as well as to the Zenith series of aircraft. It is your contribution to the light aircraft that we especially remember!

Your design contribution has had a flow on effect as well. Your light-and-strong design with a decided focus on function-over-form has, in turn, inspired others in the aviation to community to design aircraft with your principles clearly in mind.

WELL DONE, a reward well deserved! Congratulations.

Hank Optland

Comment by Robert B. Sackmann on November 21, 2017 at 1:32pm

Happy Birth Day Chris

Rob Sackmann

Comment by Robert B. Sackmann on November 21, 2017 at 1:30pm

Congratulations Chris, Thank you for the great Designs and contributions to Aviation around the world.

We missed you at Oshkosh 2017.

Take care.


Rob Sackmann

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