Hi Everyone!

Here is an update on the festivities for the “Zeniths to Oshkosh” get together for the AirVenture EAA Convention.

The Banquet

This year's Zenith banquet will be one to remember. We will be honoring Chris Heintz for his amazing accomplishments in aviation. The banquet will be held on the grounds of EAA at the Nature Center on Wednesday, July 27th, with cocktails at 6:30 and dinner following at 7:30. Door prizes will follow the banquet. Attending the banquet will be past president and Chairman of the Board of EAA, Tom Poberezny. I will send another newsletter closer to the convention with transportation and parking information. The catering will be performed by Robbins in Oshkosh, with a bar provided by Fratello’s. Tickets for the event will be $20 each. The maximum seating will be 250 and you will be able to purchase your tickets by mail with the information at the bottom of this post.

EAA Zenith Showplane Parking

EAA has confirmed the Zenith showplane parking will be just north of the Homebuilders center on the flight line! So far, we have 30 Zeniths that have confirmed showplane parking, and 10 Zeniths that will be parking in aircraft camping. We have spaces for another 20 Zenith aircraft available. To reserve a spot see the information listed at the end of the newsletter. I will also be providing all the arrival information you will need by E-mail and in future newsletters.


We have sold out an entire floor at Gruenhagen Hall at the University in Oshkosh! We have Zenith builders from all over the world staying in 34 rooms. If you are coming to Oshkosh and need a place to stay, please get hold of me by E-mail or phone and I will find a place for you. Many of my neighbors have asked if they can help by providing rooms during EAA. Even if you can’t find a hotel room, I can take care of your accommodations.

What’s Needed?

We could use some volunteers for the event. We will need 4 volunteers to come to the banquet early and help make sure everything is working smoothly, and to work the registration table. If possible, I would like to have a volunteer who is knowledgeable with the Zenith Company to escort Tom Poberezny during the banquet. Also invited to the banquet will be Paul Poberezny and Adam Smith. Is there anyone who would like to volunteer to work as a photographer for the event, and for Monday’s 11:00 AM EAA presentation to Chris Heintz by EAA on the Aerosqare? If you would like to volunteer, see the information at the end of this message.

We would also like a catchy name for the banquet before we print up the invitations! Do you have any ideas what to call the banquet before I send out our first official press release next week?

Group Arrival by Air

I received a nice letter from Andy Elliot I would like to pass along. If you would like to work with Andy, please contact him at this address listed below:

“I am looking for a few other experienced formation pilots who might like to join me in showing the Bonanza, RV and warbird folks that they are not the only ones who can do it! I'd like to put together a 4-ship for the homebuilt review flights on Monday (and perhaps for an arrival flight on Sunday).

I am putting out a call to any interested pilots with prior military, FFI or FAST training only because there will be minimum time for organization and practice. What would be required is a briefing and at least one practice session away from Oshkosh, perhaps at Dodge County (KUNU), beforehand, most likely Sunday morning. For those of you planning earlier arrivals, it *is* possible to get out of Oshkosh in the morning and back in the same day, especially since we will have reserved :) parking spots.

Anyway, if any of you on the list are qualified and interested, please get back to me off-list. If we get a sufficient response, I'll work the coordination, scheduling and logistics.”

Andy Elliott
298 hrs since 11/08
mobile: 480-695-9568 


Contact Information

To reserve a Zenith showplane parking spot, volunteer your services, reserve accommodations, or send your ideas for the party, please contact Joe Scheibinger at 920-237-1450, or E-mail at backstagelive@gmail.com

To reserve your banquet tickets, please send a check for $20 per person to Joe Scheibinger, 2809 Scenic Drive, Oshkosh, WI, 54904.


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Walter & Karen Cwian get the award for being the first Zenith to show up at Oshkosh in their beautiful 750. Here are some first pictures of Oshkosh taken on Sunday before the convention. Great turnout of Zeniths so far!

Joe - are you going to have rooms at the University again in 2012?  Thanks, John  

Hi John,

Not sure! Lets take a look at this in January and see how many people are interested. I was already told by Gruenhagan that they will not offer the same service as they did last year. Lets see what happens in January.







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