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Zenith aircraft custom guitar to be auctioned at AirVenture

Here's a chance to own a piece of history! 

As part of the Zeniths to Oshkosh activities, this handcrafted custom guitar is being auctioned to support the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 15, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

CH 650 Kit Evaluated by FAA

In a letter dated June 24, 2011, Terry Allen, manager of the FAA Production and Airworthiness Division, stated that the Evaluation Team determined that the kit will “allow an amateur builder to meet the major portion requirement of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts, § 21.191(g),” known as the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on June 28, 2011 at 5:03pm — 4 Comments

Island hopping in the Caribbean

Flying the Zodiac in Guadeloupe

Following are a few more great video clips flying in Guadeloupe.  This time, the videos are from a Zodiac CH 601, landing at the unique island airports.  The first one is landing the CH601 on the Terre-de-Haut Island, which is the largest island that makes up the "…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on May 8, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

"Building On A Budget" and Choosing the Right Engine for Your Plane

The April 2011 issue of Kitplanes magazine has an excellent article on "budget building."  Written by the former editor of EAA Sport Aviation magazine Scott Spangler and featuring Wayne Clagg and his now famous Zenith STOL CH 701 airplane, which was…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 28, 2011 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Flying at Lake Tahoe

Last month, Roger, my brother Mat and I visited Buzzy Devoll of Buzzair Flight Academy located Carson City, Navada.  Buzzy and his wife, Aumie, operate the full-service flight school with a nice new Zodiac CH 601 XL-B S-LSA trainer which is available for flight training, check-rides, and aircraft rental for flying in the scenic area around Lake Tahoe.…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 25, 2011 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Sun'n Fun 2011 Follow Up Report

Following is a brief summary of our eventful week at Sun'n Fun which ended this past Sunday.  The following post was sent out as part of a Zenith Aircraft E-mail Updates sent out earlier today to Zenith builders and enthusiasts. …


Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 6, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Call for entries: CH 650 Paint Scheme Design Competition


As we're completing our new CH 650 B demonstrator plane, we're…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 9, 2011 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

STOL Flying In Brazil

I've just returned from a short trip to Brazil to visit the Zenith Aircraft dealer AVIAÇÃO Brasileira Ltda.

One of the highlights of my trip was the opportunity to fly Waldomiro's recently completed …


Added by Sebastien Heintz on December 16, 2010 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

New Builder Completions

The following is from the Kitplanes magazine website:

Philip Smith’s Zenith CH 701


Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 27, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Building and flying adventures from around the world...

The internet never ceases to amaze me in how it allows us to better communicate and share information. Aside from the obvious convenience (of e-mail and websites), it's a great tool to share photos and video clips. Fast internet (something we still cannot obtain at our factory in Mexico, Missouri) and services such as YouTube makes sharing high quality video clips easy for novices. Of course, there's a whole lot of garbage out there (the vast majority is) but there is still some great content… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 14, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Zenith STOL CH 701, Made in China

I recently came across an email titled "Zenith STOL CH 701, Made in China, $68.00" only to discover it was for a wooden hand made desk top model of the airplane... and not a full-size version like the one pictured below (also a STOL CH 701, made in China):

This photo…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 10, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Kitplanes magazine article on the safety of Zeniths: "Safety is no accident"

The November 2010 issue of Kitplanes magazine (and it's still September as I write this!) has a story on the safety of Zeniths, presented as part of a series of articles on homebuilt (kit) aircraft safety. As the article's clichéd title states, safety is no accident, so I'm reprinting it here (with the gracious permission of… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 30, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Zenith CH 650 featured in Playboy, October 2010

Playboy magazine is known for its quality articles, right? Well, there's a nice article (and photo!) of the CH 650 in the October issue of the magazine:

Page 31: Click the image above to view a larger image.

How did the CH 650 end up in Playboy… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 25, 2010 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

House resolution recognizing the value of recreational aviation...

This article was recently published on (September 16, 2010):

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a resolution recognizing the value of recreational aviation and backcountry airstrips on America’s public lands.

Resolution 1473 acknowledges the many benefits…

Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 24, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Zenith's 19th annual Open Hangar Day - Follow Up Report

I've already had many of you ask how our Open Hangar Day activities went, so here's my "official summary report" along with some photos. Above is Ulis Temos with his STOL CH 701 which he flew in from Pennsylvannia, with Rotax expert Dean Vogal (squatting).

We started the activities on Friday afternoon following our monthly hands-on "rudder assembly workshop" class and a hotdog & soda lunch… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 21, 2010 at 3:15pm — 1 Comment

Zenith Open Hangar Day / Builder Fly-In Event - Latest Schedule Update

Here's the latest information on our upcoming Open Hangar Day / Builder Fly-In Gathering: We've added Wayne Lanza of Composite Design to the list of participants. Composite Design manufactures the power panel…

Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 13, 2010 at 2:23pm — No Comments

EAA president Rod Hightower in Mexico, MO

The Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) new president, Rod Hightower, was in Mexico, Missouri, this past weekend for the "Mexico AirFest Salute to Veterans Air Show." Rod flew in for the weekend (with his daughter Hillary) in his Stearman, pictured below.…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 30, 2010 at 2:15pm — No Comments

2010 Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day... One Month Away

Our 19th annual Zenith Aircraft Company "Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In" is just one month away!

This year's events is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2010, at the factory located at Mexico Memorial Airport in Mexico, Missouri. All aviation enthusiasts, but especially builders and owners… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 18, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

...from Voice of America radio: "Kurdish Aviator Builds Plane, Flies Over Home Town"

See and listen to Voice of America for an interesting story about a man and his dream (original broadcast on August 12, 2010):


Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 12, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

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