Sebastien Heintz's Blog (130)

Building an Airplane as a Group Project

Just this week, two EAA Chapters, that are actively building Zenith kits as a group project, are in the news! 

EAA Hotline featured this project (nearing completion) in Virginia…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 17, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Quality Sport Planes OPEN HOUSE and West Coast Zenith Fly-In 2017

I'm posting this a little late, but here's a video recap of the May 2017 Quality Sport Planes OPEN HOUSE and West Coast Zenith Fly-In, hosted by Doug Dugger at his facility at the Cloverdale Municipal Airport in Cloverdale, California (about an hour north of San Francisco).

Below, flying in Doug's newly completed Zenith CH 750 Cruzer powered by a…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on June 13, 2017 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Sun'n Fun 2017: Tail winds both ways

Here's my report of the 2017 Sun'n Fun fly-in held last week (April 4 - 9) in Lakeland, Florida, with photos and videos of the trip to and from Lakeland from the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri. Watch the videos for additional info (with narration) and check out some of our Facebook posts of the trip and the…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 14, 2017 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2017

Following is my report on the 2017 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, held last week in Sebring (central Florida), with photos and videos of the trip to and from Sebring from the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri.  Watch the video (below), "Recap of the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2017," for a further summary of the 2017 event.…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 1, 2017 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Happy Birthday Chris Heintz!

Today, November 21, is Chris' 78th birthday. While most of you know Chris or are familiar with him and his work, I know many new Zenith builders and owners are not as familiar (since his retirement about six years ago) so below I am sharing an article written by aviation writer and friend Jim Cavanaugh in 2011 for the "Zeniths to Oshkosh" celebrations honoring Chris Heintz at EAA AirVenture.…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 21, 2016 at 3:00pm — 28 Comments

Preview: ZENITH OPEN HANGAR DAYS & FLY-IN 2016

Roger and I went flying this morning in the Zenith CH 650 to summarize the events at the upcoming 25th annual Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days and Fly In coming up in a couple of weeks at the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri:

Here's more info on the events from …

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 9, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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

Sebring 2016

Here are a few photos and videos of the trip to and from the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, January 20 - 23, 2016, in Sebring (central Florida).

For us, the trip itself is usually the highlight of attending these shows, and the trip allows us to spend quality time flying the planes that we spend our days building, and allows us to experience first-hand the cross-country capability of our fun light airplanes. (To this…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

EAA calls on members to redouble efforts to reform aeromedical certification

[The following is reprinted from the EAA website]…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 27, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

EAA One Week Wonder on Tour in Central Florida: March 2015

Here's a summary of my three days with the EAA One Week Wonder airplane in central Florida earlier this week. 

On Wednesday, we flew by the shortest paved runway (a nice R/C field, just a few hundred feet long) and later that night I had the chance to fly over the longest runway I'd ever seen (NASA's shuttle landing runway at Kennedy Space Center, three miles long!).…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 26, 2015 at 4:30pm — 7 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 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In: July 28 - August 3

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

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 2:30pm — 15 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 — 23 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

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

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 — 8 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

New from Zenith:

25th Anniversary: 1992 - 2017


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:

How to videos from HomebuiltHELP.com

Developed specifically for Zenith builders (by a builder) these videos on DVD are a great help in building your own kit plane by providing practical hands-on construction information. Visit HomebuiltHelp.com for the latest DVD titles.

 

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