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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

Zenith in Tulsa

Roger and I were in Tulsa earlier this week to show our planes at EAA Chapter 10's monthly meeting.  We flew both the Zenith CH 650 and the STOL…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on May 24, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Door Air Deflectors for the STOL CH 750

Getting ready for summer (and the hot muggy weather that we've come to expect in central Missouri), we decided to remove the doors of our STOL CH 750 once again.

We decided to add air deflectors along the front of the cabin / door frame to maximize comfort with the doors off.  Air (or wind) deflectors are common on European cars - where many folks drive around with their windows open (many cars there are not equipped…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on May 16, 2012 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Pilot magazine Cover Story: Zenith CH 650 Flight Test

The May 2012 issue of Pilot magazine features the sleek Zenith CH…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Zenith Aircraft Drops Health Education

Following is an update article on the work of Medicine on the Move with the Zenith STOL in western Africa.  We've been proud to support Jonathan Porter and his amazing team in Africa, and I hope some of you take an interest in this innovative organization that's "changing lives one flight at the time."

Their educational "…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 18, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

New STOL CH 750 features introduced at Sun'n Fun

Bigger and Better Zenith STOL:

We've made the popular Zenith STOL CH 750 light sport utility kit aircraft even bigger and better!

The STOL CH 750 cabin, which by all measures is already very roomy for a light aircraft, has been increased in size by raising the cabin height…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 28, 2012 at 6:00am — 33 Comments

Sebring 2012: It was all about the trip!

Even though the 2012 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo (January 19 -22, 2012) event ended over a week ago, I only just made it back home from the trip this past Friday (and I didn't spend the week on the beach).  Following is a brief summary of the trip as well as some commentary on the planes and cross-country flying:…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 31, 2012 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

Zenith CH 650 vs. Sonex: "Competitive Comparison"

The following is an unusual post because I don't normally comment negatively about competitors.  Competition is good for any industry, forcing us to be innovative and efficient, and there is a place and market for many different airplane designs (and the companies that manufacture them): The current issue of Kitplanes magazine (December 2011) contains the annual Buyer's Guide with 316 different kit aircraft listed (from nearly as many manufacturers)!

The letter that…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 8, 2011 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

Zenith CH 650 Performance with UL Power engine

We finally had the chance to document some basic performance numbers of our new CH 650 with the UL Power UL350iS engine.  Yesterday was a beautiful autumn day so Zenith demo pilot Roger and I took the CH 650 up for a…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 5, 2011 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

Ugly is only skin-deep

This VW ad from 1966 has become a classic and can still be seen in VW dealerships across the country.  The above is prominently on display as a large framed poster in a shiny new VW dealer in St. Louis. While  the cars have changed since 1966, the basic message remains the same.

Like the VW Beetle, the ad copy has become a classic too.  It caught my attention…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on October 25, 2011 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

STOL Banner Towing

Here's a nice series of photos showing a unique banner towing arrangement from this STOL CH 701 light sport utility plane in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean:

#1:  Take-off from water:

#2: The folded banner is on the floating platform, with the towline hanging between the pick up gates on the platform, and a grapple hook trailing behind the airplane:…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 23, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Follow up report: 20th annual Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAY (September 17, 2011)

Here's my follow-up report from our 20th annual Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering from this past weekend.  Despite some rain and cool weather that kept some visitors away we had a fantastic time and a great turnout, proving once again that it's about the people and the planes, and not the weather!…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 19, 2011 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

Missouri governor visits Zenith Aircraft Company

The following is reprinted from General Aviation News (8/31/2011):

Job creation is closely tied to export growth,…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 1, 2011 at 8:45am — 5 Comments

Zeniths to Oshkosh 2011... Part Four

We were busy throughout the AirVenture week at the Zenith booth, meeting with both existing builders and owners, and showing the demo aircraft to potential new builders. We flew in our two new factory demonstrators: The STOL CH 750 and the low-wing CH…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 8, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Zeniths to Oshkosh 2011... Zenith Builders Banquet (Part Three)

Wednesday will be a day to remember for many years.  It was the day for the Zenith Builders Banquet to honor Chris Heintz.  The location for the banquet was the scenic EAA Nature Center right on the AirVenture grounds under a large tent, big enough to hold all 250 attendees:

EAA's founder Paul Poberezny was the special guest for the evening, and he and Chris spent a…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 5, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Zeniths to Oshkosh 2011...Part Two

With the opening day slated officially as "Chris Heintz Day" at AirVenture, Chris had many activities scheduled during the first couple of days.  My son Calvin, age 17, was tasked with escorting Chris during the…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 3, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Zeniths to Oshkosh 2011... Day One

Following are just some of my photos from Oshkosh 2011.  Many of us will remember this Oshkosh fly-in for many years thanks to the "Zeniths to Oshkosh" initiative which included EAA's official "Chris Heintz Day" activities on July 25, 2011, and the…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 2, 2011 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

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