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Fly In To Summer Builder Fly-In Gathering: Saturday, June 18, 2016

You're invited to join us for our "Fly In To Summer" Builder Fly-In Gathering at the Zenith Aircraft Factory.

This will be our ninth annual "Fly in to…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on May 26, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Noseweel strut and bungee installation

Here's a video outlining the installation of the nosewheel strut and the bungee installation:

Here's the link for the Bungee Installation tool: http://j.mp/bungee-tool

More videos:…

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Added by Roger Dubbert on August 12, 2015 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Training On Grass: For Fun And Safety

It has become old hat to complain about the decline of General Aviation. We can rant about the costs, how airports have been fenced off, or any number of ailments.

This tract is a little about one of those symptoms, a little about how to make flying more fun, and about making flying safer.

There is a vicious circle, a fully developed spin that we must recover from. Something that used to be ordinary, but is now feared.

Something that is fun, but potentially…

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Added by John Marzulli on April 14, 2016 at 2:55pm — 18 Comments

First Flight

Special Thanks to Doug Dugger for performing the First Flight on my 701 this last Friday.  He and Steve Smith flew down to my cow pasture runway to perform the first flight.  All Went perfectly.  What a joy to see five years of work go…

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Added by Roger Wibbels on April 4, 2016 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Flying the SAM Aircraft for the first time

Since announcing that we'd purchased the assets of SAM Aircraft earlier this year, Zenith Aircraft demo pilot Roger Dubbert and I recently traveled to Zenair Ltd. in Midland, Ontario, Canada to fly the prototype aircraft (that my brother Nicholas had previously flown back from Quebec). The purpose of…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 18, 2016 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

EAA Chapters & Schools Building Together

Some people say they have been involved in aviation for as long as they can remember. Wouldn't it be great to be involved in something that would help give today's children the opportunity to say the same thing in the future?…

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Added by Rebecca Riley on February 2, 2016 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

750 Seat Upholstery Part 2

I later added a Velcro strap to hold headsets.  Seat cushions are positioned in the seat pan with Velcro also.

As with all my fabrication, I had it Cat scanned to be sure there were no defects.…

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Added by JEFF COCHRAN on January 25, 2016 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

750 Seat Upholstery

I have been flying for several years with just some Noral seat cushions from Aircraft Spruce.  The 3” seat bottom was okay but the 2” back was always slipping between the back support bars.  I ended up adding a stadium cushion and a lumbar pad without much better results.  After reading several of the seat discussions on the forums, I decided to build my own upholstered seats.  As usual, I studied the work of my hero, John Austin, and copied his and others’ seats.  But in this…

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Added by JEFF COCHRAN on January 25, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Zenith Aircraft Vinyl Upholstery Kits

Zenith Aircraft Upholstery Kits

We are introducing the new upholstery kit seats manufactured by Zenair Ltd. (in Canada).  The vinyl embroidered Zenith logo upholstery…

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Added by Rebecca Riley on December 14, 2015 at 12:00pm — 17 Comments

Travels of N601WF

With two more big trips accomplished this year I compiled some simple statistics for my flights in my 601XLB.  Some numbers are approximate.

  • 8 years and 5 months of operation
  • 760 flights
  • 161,700 statue miles
  • 1,800 hours
  • 6,840 gallons of fuel
  • 23.6 statue miles per gallon (average)
  • 90 statue miles per hour (average)
  • 3 countries operated in
  • 19,800 max altitude reached

Its been a great…

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Added by Stephen R. Smith on November 16, 2015 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

2015 Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAY and BUILDER FLY-IN

Thanks to all who participated at the 24th annual Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day and Fly-In 2015. Great planes and awesome company! Check out the photos of the activities, including the STOL Competition, the Zenith Banquet and the Open Hangar Day!

(If you have photos and/or videos of the event, please share with…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on August 21, 2015 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Builders Banquet Big Surprise!

So now it's time to announce the big surprise for the Zenith Builders Banquet for 2015.

 

Fellow builder Walt Snyder has announced that he will be giving away the major door prize this year.

 

Walt says "Dutch Cycles would like to express their appreciation to Zenith Aircraft and their recognition and inclusion of women in aviation by offering a chance to win a Dutch Cycle Ladies Vintage bicycle.

A chance to win your choice of Vintage Ladies Bicycle is made…

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Added by Joe Scheibinger on July 17, 2015 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Zenith Aircraft at Oshkosh AirVenture 2015

We're planning for yet another Oshkosh AirVenture: July 20 - 26, 2015.  This year will be full of activities once again - we hope you can join us!

Here is a summary of the planned Zenith activities. Whether you're a current builder or owner, or just looking at starting on your own project, there's always something for…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on June 25, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

STOL Competition Winners!

2015 Update

Congratulations to Chris AndersonJock Struthers, and to Deane Philip for taking first, second and third place in the third annual "…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 3, 2014 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Flight from the Florida coast to Haiti

I have compiled the following photos and account of Jeff Badgero's recent flight from Florida to Haiti. 

Jeff and Carol Badgero are missionaries with H.O.P.E. Missions who have been working in the …

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Christopher Ward's Zenith CH 750 Cruzer project - Horizontal Tail

Earlier this month, we opened up our factory to Christopher Ward and members of EAA Chapter 429 of Jefferson City (MO) to give Chris and his helpers to get a chance on progressing on the construction of a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer.

Christopher attended our regular Zenith Workshop earlier in the year,…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on December 18, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Preview: 2014 Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAY and BUILDER FLY-IN GATHERING

Following is a brief preview of our planned activities for the upcoming Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering on September 19 & 20, 2014 at the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri.  View the Event Page for "official" details and to…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on September 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

One Week Wonder - Prologue

It all started in a dark, damp, fuel and oil perfumed hangar.  The dim moonlight seeped through a crack in the hangar doors, picking out, with an eerie glimmer, a shiny spinner.  A large brown and black spider could be made out as it crawled along the strut towards the pitot tube of another unsuspecting aircraft, as they waited for they next flight.   That hangar held within it the 'Spirit Of Building Aircraft', also know as the SOBA.  That spirit, the very source of creativity and…

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Added by Jonathan Porter on August 20, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Preview: 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In: July 28 - August 3

  • Be sure to "Like" the Zenith Facebook page to receive daily updates. Receive all of our Facebook updates by selecting Get Notifications (after clicking the Liked button on the Zenith page).…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 21, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

From Ghana to Oshkosh 2014

It's confirmed! Oshkosh 2014 here we come! 

Patricia and I will be there! We will be spending our time at the One Week Wonder Event - and hope to see our fellow Zenith builders too!  We will be more than happy to answer face-to-face all those questions about building and flying in West…

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Added by Jonathan Porter on July 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

New from Zenith:

Weather Maps


Custom Instrument Panels
for your Zenith
:

Custom instrument panels are now available directly from Zenith Aircraft Company exclusively for Zenith builders and owners. Pre-cut panel, power distribution panel, Approach Fast Stack harnesses, Dynon and Garmin avionics, and more.


New Custom Upholstery Kits for your Zenith Aircraft:

Zenith Vinyl Upholstery Kits


New Zenith Apparel from EAA:


Zenair Floats


Flying On Your Own Wings:
A Complete Guide to Understanding Light Airplane Design, by Chris Heintz.

Builder & Pilot Supplies:

Zenith transition training

and Sport Pilot:

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