Preview: 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In: July 28 - August 3

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We're nearly ready for our next big adventure at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture!  

This year will be our biggest year ever at Oshkosh with the return of the One Week Wonder project

We hope that many of you are able to join us!  

We have a challenging and exciting week ahead of us as we work to build a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer in one week in front of the entire aviation community. This will be the biggest opportunity, ever, to promote homebuilding at AirVenture!

We will kick off the project at 8:00 a.m. sharp on Monday, July 28, with EAA's Jack Pelton starting the countdown timer. We invite you to be there for the start of the project!

EAA has erected a large tent where the project will be constructed right on EAA Square (corner of Celebration Way and Knapp Street Road across from EAA Welcome Center), providing an excellent facility to build the airplane, located right in the center of the EAA convention grounds! View Map.

Many of you have already signed up as volunteer builders on this project, and we look forward to seeing many more of you at Oshkosh!  Stop by the One Week Wonder project and pull a rivet.  By doing so, you will get a One Week Wonder pin, be entered in the World’s Largest Builders Log, and receive a photo via email for sharing!

We'll be working on the project throughout the entire week, and if all goes as planned, we will taxi the aircraft on Sunday at approximately 3:00 p.m. (right before the Thunderbirds perform).

We're excited that EAA is hosting this project, and thankful for the opportunity to repeat this feat first accomplished in 1976 by my dad Chris Heintz as the "Eight Day Wonder" (Watch the video of the 1976 project).

Chris Heintz will attend Oshkosh once again this year and he looks forward to seeing many existing Zenith builders and owners once again (and to meeting new builders for the first time!). 

This past weekend Chris was in Midand, Ontario, Canada celebrating Zenair's 40th anniversary, thanking builders for their support for forty years!

Meet with Chris at the Aircraft Spruce & Specialty booth in Hangar A at the times listed below, or come by the Zenith Aircraft booth and the One Week Wonder project tent throughout the week!

Here is a summary of the additional planned planned Zenith activities


Zenith Builder Dinner and Banquet: Organized expertly once again by Zenith builder and Oshkosh resident Joe Scheibinger, we're already looking forward to another great evening:

It's time to make plans to attend the Zenith Builder's Banquet for 2014.

The banquet will once again be held at the Elks Lodge in Oshkosh. This beautiful facility served us well last year and is expandable for our growing Zenith family. We have very comfortable seating for over 250 people, our own private bar, and award winning food. The banquet will be held on Friday, August 1st, 2014. The bar will open at 5:30 and dinner starts at 7:30. Tickets are available for $20 per person. On the menu this year will be the Elks Lodge specialty, Pineapple Rum Glazed Ham and Broasted Chicken, buttered parsley potatoes, green beans, and all the trimmings! Once again this year there will be a very special surprise dessert so make sure you bring your camera, and don't forget all the great aviation door prizes!

Banquet TicketsContact Joe Scheibinger (email: or visit the Zenith Aircraft booth 

Let us know if there's anything specific you'd like added or included in the program for the evening.  We'll have many special guests from around the world (and around the country) attending!


On the evening prior to the Zenith Builder Banquet, we invite you to the EAA HOMEBUILDERS DINNER with special guest Chris Heintz, where we'll talk about One Week Wonder projects both past and present.  This is a casual event where fellow Homebuilders can do a little hangar flying and enjoy some great food and camaraderie. The dinner will be Thursday from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the EAA Nature Center and be catered by La Sure’s Restaurant. Tram service to the Nature Center from Homebuilders Headquarters will start at 5 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Homebuilders Headquarters.

Zenith Display:  Come see us (and the airplanes!) in our regular location in the North Aircraft Display area #641.  In addition to our Zenith CH 650 and CH 750 STOL and CRUZER factory demo planes, we expect a few (surprise) customer planes on display in our booth.


Seminars at Oshkosh:  We have busy Forum Schedule where we'll be sharing information on our light aircraft designs, kit construction, and more.  Here's the current Schedule of Forums. We plan to have Chris Heintz participate as well in the forums! (Check the official program as the schedule is subject to change).


The EAA Homebuilders Hangar will be the site of the Homebuilts in Review seminar on the Zenith CH 750 STOL and Cruzer, The EAA Homebuilders Hangar is located in the old NASA building (in the Homebuilt Area).  The Aviators by Design group will be back this year with their Zenith project onsite and they look forward to meeting with you and talking about their project.

Now, as if we weren't busy enough this year at Oshkosh, we've also been invited to participate in the Valdez STOL demonstrations, to showcase the amazing short take-off and landing capabilities of Chris Heintz' STOL designs. Our own Roger Dubbert will plan to demonstrate short take-offs and landings at Airshow Central sometime during the week at AirVenture! (check to program for actual times)

Finally, don't forget to take a look at our great new shirts and hats available for purchase!  These are exclusive Zenith Aircraft Company shirts, available in new colors and styles:

EAA is also selling a great One Week Wonder T-shirt you'll want to add to your collection.

Flying-In:  If you're flying in, we invite you to park your Zenith in the reserved Zenith row in the homebuilt aircraft area. (Thanks Joe for organizing this!) 

More info about attending AirVenture: Check out the EAA AirVenture website, which has tons of information and resources.

Finally, as we get ready to head out to Oshkosh, check out this video clip from 1976 of Chris Heintz and his drive to Oshkosh to deliver the kit for the Eight Day Wonder project! What fun!

We're looking forward to another fun (and busy!) week in Oshkosh, we look forward to meeting with both new and old Zenith builders and enthusiasts!

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Comment by Efe Cem Elci on July 29, 2014 at 6:15am

And you can follow @ZenithAircraft on Twitter to learn how the One Week Wonder build is coming along, photos of the Zenith booth and Zenith aircraft at Airventure as well as reminders on workshops, forums and other Zenith-related events you will not want to miss, whether you are at the event itself or just following online (in which case you will want to check the live webcam feed from the One Week Wonder tent!).

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