PilotMag article: Tribute to Zenith homebuilders

PilotMag, a new glossy aviation magazine that bills itself as "The Magazine for Adventure Flying" has a nice story on Zenith builders in its current issue (September/October 2009). The article, by aviation writer Jim Cavanagh, features some well-known Zenith flyers, including Steve Smith of Santa Rosa, California, Bob Jones of Alaska, and Vince Butner of Marshall, Missouri.

Cavanagh also interviewed several participants at a recent factory workshop, including Juan Espinosa of Ecuador and Lori Douglas of Greenwich, Ohio (both STOL CH 750 builders)

The online version of the article (which is different than the print version) features Steve Smith's great cross-country flying adventures.

The article concludes with the following tribute to kit builders and flyers:
"The one thing that binds this diverse group of people together is not just their love of aviation, rather the spirit they share in creating an airplane that suits their personal needs. They are all in pursuit of some sort of adventure, and they are not the type of people who just throw money at it. They can fly in the style they choose at a price they can afford, and in this sense, control their own destiny. Only with a homebuilt aircraft is this possible.
"That these few people recognize that a homebuilt airplane can give them the life they want at a price they can afford. It is a testament to Homebuilding and Light Sport, and underscores the vision Chris Heintz had when he designed his first airplane nearly forty years ago. There are another four thousand stories like these out there, and there will be many, many more."

PilotMag, September/October 2009 issue, "A Life Better Lived - Building An Airplane That Suits Personal Needs" by Jim Cavanagh, pages 98 - 101.

As "The Magazine for Adventure Flying," PilotMag offers a (much needed) fresh look at pilots and airplanes, focusing on the fun and adventure to be had with aviation. The editors are also seeking adventure flying stories: Their website asks: "Have a great idea for a feature story? Would you like to publish one of your adventure stories in PilotMag? PilotMag is presenting an opportunity for our readers to see your work in print! We are seeking adventure flying stories, exciting destinations and pilots to profile in upcoming issues of PilotMag. Send your story ideas to editorial@pilotmag.com today."

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Comment by Tim Garrett on September 26, 2009 at 8:01am
The part that was available was well written. It sounded like the "got it" about the Zenith builders. Interesting magazine.
Comment by Bob Simmons on September 26, 2009 at 12:42am
Unfortunately the entire article is not available online, even to subscribers. I did subscribe though. I like their 'adventure' focus. Maybe they'll sell me a back issue so I can read this entire article.

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