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Hints for Homebuilders video series from EAA

Roger and I recently completed a series of short how-to videos for the EAA Hints for Homebuilders channel, a builder resource available to EAA members.  Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Communities & Homebuilt Community Manager, and Jim Soyk, EAA Senior Videographer and Editor (pictured below) visited us at the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 18, 2014 at 2:56pm — 8 Comments

Support the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act

U.S. Senate Introduces GA Pilot Protection Act, Companion to House Bill

EAA - March 11, 2014 - Three U.S. senators Tuesday introduced the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act as a companion bill to one unveiled in the House of Representatives in December, which includes a provision…


Added by Zenith.Aero on March 14, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Short Take-Off and Landing in the Pacific aboard the USS Carl Vinson

Last week I had the the privilege of visiting a working U.S. Navy carrier out at sea as part of an EAA group. Fifteen of us were given a first-hand look at life aboard an aircraft carrier and Navy life at sea.  This was truly a unique and unforgettable experience.…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 8, 2014 at 1:00pm — 24 Comments

Zenith STOL "on-road"

We often see "off-road" (or "off-airport") photos of the STOL CH 701, so here we share a few "on-road" photos:

Here on short final:

Now, on the road:…


Added by Zenith.Aero on October 25, 2013 at 4:05pm — 4 Comments

Zenith STOL on The Aviators TV

The Aviators TV show features the Zenith STOL CH 801 in the current season (Season 4), episode 2. Following are some screen shots and caption, on location in rural Quebec, Canada, earlier this year:


No runway? No problem! We challenge the limits faced in the world of bush flying in this amazing…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on October 21, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Return of the ONE WEEK WONDER!

At the Zenith Builders Banquet (as part of the annual 2013 …


Added by Sebastien Heintz on October 3, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Bob and Steve's 12 Day Flying Adventure Through 7 Western States

In October of 2012 my friend Bob and I flew our airplanes through 7 western states.  During our 12 day adventure we covered a total of 4,053 statute miles.  Along the way we flew through high mountains, valleys and canyons.  This was low-slow flying at its best. Often we were below 500 feet…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on September 21, 2013 at 2:03pm — 7 Comments

2013 Zenith Banquet a Success

2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Another Great Year for Zenith

A huge thank you to everyone that came to the Zenith banquet at EAA this year! We had 173 builders from all over the world attend. If you would like to see more pictures of the event and pictures of the Zenith display, you can…


Added by Joe Scheibinger on August 5, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

PREVIEW: 2013 EAA AirVenture "Oshkosh" Fly-In Convention: July 29 - August 4

We're nearly ready for our next big adventure at "AirVenture!  We hope you can join us!

Here is a summary of some of the planned Zenith activities


Zenith Builder Dinner and…


Added by Zenith.Aero on July 20, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Zenith ‘Engine Day’ at Oshkosh: Thursday, August 1, 2013

Zenith Aircraft Co. will host its second “Engine Day” at the company’s exhibit at AirVenture in Oshkosh on Thursday, August 1 from 10 am to 2 pm. The company will have a number of Zenith aircraft with different installed engines on display, as well as representatives from a number of engine manufacturers.

In 2012, Zenith hosted its first “Engine Day” at Oshkosh, with a handful of different powerplants and their representatives on hand. “We didn’t know what the response would be,” said…


Added by Zenith.Aero on July 18, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Zenair Open House - Nice turn-out of people and planes!

The annual Zenair Open House and Fly-in took place at Huronia Airport on Saturday July 6, 2013. The weather was perfect all day, with many pilots attending from far and wide. Nine Zenair designs were on hand including the new…

Added by Michael Heintz on July 9, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Back on the air - Ustream

Solved some technical issues....so back on the air live.  Retired now so spending quite a few hours/week on this project.  Camera is currently focused on the seat area.  The channel is mostly for my kids/grandkids, but you're welcome to visit.     ustream.tv/channel/stevebetsy

Added by Steve Michael Johnson on June 17, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fly In To Summer Builder Fly-In Gathering: Saturday, June 22, 2013

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


Added by Sebastien Heintz on May 23, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Zenith CH 750 CRUZER

[The following is our official "Press Release" for our new design. We plan to share more information soon about the new design and kit.] 




Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 8, 2013 at 6:30pm — 36 Comments

Zenith 701 Humanitarian Pod

Our drop tests went 100% to plan.  We now start working on how to get our new project to reach the tougher parts of West Africa with the 750 platform (more load, more range!).  Thank you Zenith and Rotax for making it possible!…


Added by Jonathan Porter on April 18, 2013 at 10:32am — No Comments

Zenith STOL CH 701 Air Drops help African communities grow...

Those who know what we do will remember that we are authorised to drop health education materials to rural communities using our specially modified, Rotax 912iS powered, STOL CH 701 aircraft.  As part of this we made the first ever aerial supply drops into the Afram…


Added by Jonathan Porter on March 18, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Flight to and from Sebring, Florida (from the Zenith factory in Mexico, Missouri)

Here are four video clips of the trip to the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Florida:


Part 1: Flying the STOL CH 750 and the Zenith CH 650 south.... The STOL CH 750 as seen from the Zenith CH 650.

Southern Missouri and western Tennessee. January 15, 2013.


Part 2: Arrival at Sebring Regional Airport, as seen from the Zenith…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 15, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Updated X-Plane Flight Simulator Files for Zenith Aircraft

February 14, 2013 Update:

We've posted updated X-Plane flight simulator files for both the STOL CH 750 and now for the Zenith CH 650-B!  The new files take advantage of great new flight simulator technology and are optimized for X-Plane X (version 10.20) which now support 64-bit computing power!…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 11, 2012 at 9:00am — 19 Comments

Article Reprint: Safety Is No Accident: Zenith’s aircraft are high-utility contenders. So how’s their record?

The following article was published a few years ago in Kitplanes magazine.  While all of us may not agree with all of the author's observations, it's shared here to help Zenith builders, owners and pilots increase their awareness of safety issues in operating their homebuilt kit plane.  We invite you to share your comments below.

Kitplanes magazine, November 2010 Issue…


Added by Zenith.Aero on March 1, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Copperstate 2012 - 4 days of flying with friends - 259 pictures - plenty of fun

This year was my 4th trip to Copperstate, the annual fly-in held at the Casa Grande Arizona airport (KCGZ).  The fly-in is fine, but for me the trip is the main event.

The flight this year was a total of 1,926 miles.  We spent two days flying each way.  I say we.  On the trip down I flew my Zodiac, keeping Doug Dugger of …


Added by Stephen R. Smith on November 17, 2012 at 4:00pm — 14 Comments

New from Zenith:

Coming to AirVenture 2014:

Weather Maps

Custom Instrument Panels
for your Zenith

Custom instrument panelsare 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.

Zenith T-shirts and Hats:

Zenair Floats

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

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