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Chris Heintz, 1938 - 2021

Aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz, the designer of all "CH" light aircraft designs, passed away on April 30th, 2021. Best known in aviation circles as a prolific and talented aircraft designer, innovator, builder, entrepreneur, lecturer and author, Chris touched the lives of thousands throughout his…


Added by Zenith Aero on May 6, 2021 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

She Flew Out Of My Life - The Zen

This is "The Zen".

It is a 2005 kit built CH601HD that was built by Trevor Page, and sold to me & Ray Nash in 2007. At the time Ray & I had been flying Quad City Challengers on wheels / skis / amphibian floats. We wanted a faster go further adventure aircraft that was still in the Advanced Ultra Light Aircraft (AULA) category here in Canada. It was also the aircraft that introduced me to Zenair / Zenith kit planes, the Rotax 912 series of engines, and the hopeless addiction of…


Added by Bob McDonald on March 21, 2021 at 5:57am — 7 Comments

Zenith STOL Champions (once again) at 2021 New Zealand Bush Pilot Championships!

Congratulations to Deane Philip for his first place finish at the 2021 New Zealand Bush…


Added by Zenith Aero on February 3, 2020 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Zenith Coming to Texas in February for Workshop Class and Zenith Fly-In Gathering

Zenith Aircraft Building Workshop Is Coming To Hondo, Texas on February

  • 2/17/21 UPDATE: Rescheduled due to Winter Weather in Texas! The hands-on workshop (which is at…

Added by Zenith Aero on December 22, 2020 at 3:30pm — 12 Comments

Zenith’s 29th Annual Homecoming

If you want to get a closer look at the most popular kit-built airplanes in the world, you must attend this Homecoming Event!…


Added by Jon Humberd on October 5, 2020 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Zenith Aircraft Building Workshop Comes to Florida in December for the Sun ‘n Fun Holiday Flying Festival

Zenith Aircraft Building Workshop Comes to Florida in December for the Sun 'n Fun Holiday Flying Festival

Lakeland, Florida:

Zenith Aircraft Company is coming to Florida for Sun 'n Fun’s Holiday Flying Festival and…


Added by Zenith Aero on October 1, 2020 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

ArkanSTOL (how fast can you fly slow)

ArkanSTOL is a timed competition where a plane/pilot has to takeoff and land at 4 grass runways (turning around after each landing to depart in the same direction) in the backcountry terrain and obstacles of the lower Ozark mountains.…


Added by Jon Humberd on September 29, 2020 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

2020 Zenith Homecoming Open Hangar Days and Fly-In: September 18 & 19

Plan now to attend and participate at the 2021 Zenith Homecoming event on September 17 & 18, 2021 in Mexico, Missouri.

Thank you to everyone who visited and participated! We had a fantastic 29th annual event at the Zenith Aircraft…


Added by Zenith Aero on September 11, 2020 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

What's In Your Garage?

Avemco insurance is currently running the above print ad in Kitplanes magazine, featuring builder Jono Lind working on his STOL CH 750 Super Duty in his home garage in Washington. The ad reminds builders that their homeowner's insurance may not cover their kit aircraft project that is in…


Added by Zenith Aero on August 14, 2020 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

"The Wheels On My Plane Go Up and Down"

[Paul Gabehart, of Campbellsville, Kentucky, sent us this "builder report" on the day he received his FAA airworthiness certificate, which was just 7 months, 3 weeks from the date he picked up the kit at the factory and attended the hands-on Zenith rudder workshop class. He modestly says "I really did not intend on building in what I understand is a short time. I found building was like drinking a milkshake: Taking your time can be a challenge when it tastes so so…


Added by Zenith Aero on August 12, 2020 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

"Oshkosh Week" 2020 at the Zenith Aircraft factory

Last week we hosted our first (and hopefully only!) "Oshkosh Week" at the Zenith aircraft kit factory in Mexico, Missouri. With the annual EAA AirVenture show canceled this year because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we decided to open our factory to builders (and pilots) so that they could continue to "aviate" and work on their kit aircraft projects. We limited group sizes and activities…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 27, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Final Inspection Completed

Last Tuesday was my Final Inspection by the Transport Canada delegate. All went fine with no snags. Just waiting for the Certificate of Airworthiness now....

Added by Alain Dufresne on July 10, 2020 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Hints for Homebuilders video series from EAA

Roger and I recently completed a series of short how-to videos for the EAA Hints for Homebuilders channel, a builder resource available to EAA members.  Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Communities & Homebuilt Community Manager, and Jim Soyk, EAA Senior Videographer and Editor…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Online Resources for New Builders

There are some great free resources available to new builders, especially useful to introduce yourself to some of the kit skills and concepts you'll use building your own aircraft.

Zenith YouTube Channel. We publish a lot on our YouTube channel, from flying videos,…


Added by Zenith Aero on April 16, 2020 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Zenith Aircraft Update re Coronavirus Pandemic

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - Mexico, Missouri

Like everyone else, Zenith Aircraft Company has been impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. While the Zenith Aircraft kit factory is located in a fairly rural area and there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus in the immediate area, the response to this pandemic needs to be widespread and is affecting all of us. For the past few weeks…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 4, 2020 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Airplanes first day outside

Added by John Burns on March 30, 2020 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Flying and Inspiring the Younger Generations

I just want to encourage those that fly not only young eagles, but any younger generations to continue to do so. I can't begin to explain the joy this kiddo had when he took his first flight in the SD this last week. Something he will remember always and I know many of you are out there sparking that same joy and wanted to say thank you. Alissa…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on March 16, 2020 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Zenith Workshop and Fly-In Gathering in Florida

Roger and I recently returned from central Florida where we held a hands-on kit aircraft building workshop and hosted a Zenith fly-in gathering together with Wheels and Wings. What a productive workshop and fun time meeting with new and existing Zenith builders and flyers!

Day One: Rudder workshop class and demo flights (Friday, January 24, 2020): Watch the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 30, 2020 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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