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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…

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

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.…

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

STOL Competition Winners!

Congratulations to Deane Philip and to Jock Struthers for taking first and second place in the annual "Healthy Bastards STOL competition" in New Zealand on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Here is a photo of Deane in his…

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

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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 …

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

AOPA members prefer Experimentals

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) membership prefers Experimental aircraft to factory-builts.

I was surprised to read today that, according to an …

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 18, 2013 at 4:00pm — 9 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.…

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

STOL CH 750 builder Guy Savoie

Zenith builders and pilots are made up of a very interesting group of individuals, and continue to be a source of inspiration.  Here's a brief story of one of them that was recently featured in the news:

In his eighties, Guy Savoie is building his own…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on May 7, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

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.] 

 

ZENITH INTRODUCES NEW DESIGN AT SUN’N…

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

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

Airspeed Calibration - Flying the Ground Course

The December 2012 issue of EAA Experimenter has a detailed article on calibrating your airspeed indicator, the latest article is a series on flight testing your homebuilt aircraft by Ed Kolano, a very experienced and knowledable flight test pilot.  In the past we have stressed the importance of proper airspeed calibration for your light aircraft.

I encourage all builders, owners and pilots to…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on December 5, 2012 at 4:22pm — No Comments

The Evolution of Plans Making. Kitplanes magazine, January 2013

Following is a short article I wrote for Kitplanes magazine on the evolution of aircraft blueprints (plans) over the years:

Aircraft plans (also called drawings or blueprints) are the single…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on December 3, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

From Point A to Zenith: EAA Employee STOL CH 750 project takes off

From Point A to Zenith: EAA Employee STOL CH 750 project takes off

The following was published on the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) website. Photos are courtesy of EAA:…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on October 5, 2012 at 4:14pm — 3 Comments

STOL CH 750 Factory Demo #1 ...after the storm

Here's an update on our original STOL CH 750 Factory Demonstrator airplane, N750ZZ.  This is the airplane that was flipped over in the Sun'n Fun "tornado" last year.

First, let's review briefly:  This was the Zenith booth right after the tornado passed through at Sun'n Fun 2011 on March 31.  Even though this looks like a war zone, we thank God that no one was physically injured:…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 31, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Preview: 2012 Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAY and BUILDER FLY-IN GATHERING

Here's a preview of our planned activities for the upcoming Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering.  

This year we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Zenith Aircraft Company, and this will be our 21st annual event!  Plan to join us on …

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 15, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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!…

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

FOLLOW UP: 2012 EAA AirVenture "Oshkosh" Fly-In Convention

Here's the follow up report on a successful 2012 EAA AirVenture "Oshkosh" Fly-In Convention.  Attendance appeared to be good, with strong interest in our aircraft.  We enjoyed meeting with both new and old Zenith builders!

 

Zeniths at AirVenture 2012 - Summary Video Clip:

 

Flight to Oshkosh: Roger flies the Zenith CH 650:…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 2, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

PREVIEW: 2012 EAA AirVenture "Oshkosh" Fly-In Convention: July 23 - 29

We're ready for our next big adventure at "AirVenture!  - Here is a summary of some of the planned Zenith activitiesWe hope you can join us!

I'll be updating this page as I receive new information.…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 16, 2012 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Iowa State University engineering students complete Zenith kit plane

The following is excerpted from Innovate Online, the online publication of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University (Ames,…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on June 15, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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