It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Chris Heintz on April 30th, 2021. Best known in aviation circles as a prolific and talented aircraft designer, aeronautical engineer, innovator, builder, entrepreneur, lecturer and author, Chris has touched the lives of thousands throughout his exceedingly productive professional life.

Chris died peacefully at his home in Southern France where he is survived by Annemarie, his loving wife of 60 years, his five children and a dozen grand-children. As per his wishes, funeral arrangements will be kept simple and private.

Additional details about his prolific life will be shared shortly.

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Comment by Guy RUBIO on May 16, 2021 at 4:33am

My deepest condolences to the Heintz family. It marked the évolution of aircraft construction. I was able to build a CH 701 and i thank him for being able to make one of my dreams come true.

Comment by Stephen Johnston on May 15, 2021 at 8:31am

Chris made great contributions to our homebuilt segment of aviation. I thank Chris for his aircraft designs and his work added to my own satisfaction and fulfillment in life.

I hope his family will continue his legacy well into the future.

Comment by Gerard Schlundt on May 6, 2021 at 10:01am

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon his face. May he rest in peace.

Comment by Chuck Kyle on May 4, 2021 at 4:32pm

My condolences to the Heintz family and also to the employees of Zenith Aircraft.  Chris made a wonderful contribution to aviation. We owe him and the company he founded a real debt of gratitude.  Thanks, Chris.

Comment by Michael Bevan on May 4, 2021 at 10:08am

Just to add my condolences; I have flown the CH 200, 601 HD, 601 XL and 701 and enjoyed them all, as well as having been inspector on several builds. Great body of work as his lasting legacy. 

Comment by Lord Colin Bickley on May 4, 2021 at 4:29am
My sincerest condolences to the Heintz family, A great engineer, husband and father has been lost. His dreams will live on in every pilot and engineers who work on and Fly his remarkable aircraft deigns.
Comment by Tim Smart on May 3, 2021 at 3:41pm

So sorry to hear this news, my condolences to all Chris’s friends and family.  RIP Chris, you’ll not be forgotten.

Comment by Alex Roca on May 3, 2021 at 11:46am

So sorry to hear about his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family, specially Michael, Sebastian, Nicholas, Matthew. We will miss him but as many have said in this blog, his legacy will live on ! 

Comment by Robert Seaton on May 3, 2021 at 11:30am

 Dear Michael, Sebastian, Nicholas, Matthew and families.

We are very sorry to hear this news, what a great man he was!

Our condolences, Rob Seaton and the entire Rotech Motor Ltd staff.

Comment by Boyd Emmel on May 3, 2021 at 12:46am
To the Heintz family: I am sorry for your loss. CH accomplished a great deal in his life. His legacy lives on.

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