For a quarter century Zenith Aircraft Company has been manufacturing and marketing aircraft kits for the do-it-yourself (DIY) market of recreational aircraft builders and pilots from its modern production facilities at the Mexico Memorial Airport in central Missouri.
Zenith Aircraft produces kit aircraft with superb short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities demonstrated by the STOL CH 701 and STOL CH 750 models, as well as economical two-seat cross-country cruisers. Zenith Aircraft builders typically build their own airplanes in under a year (less than 400 hours) from a complete kit supplied by Zenith. The company makes extensive use of CNC design and manufacturing technology for precision production. The all-metal aircraft are produced using modern 6061-T6 aluminum alloy parts, and fastened together primarily with blind ("pop"-type) rivets, making them both quick and easy to assemble. Zenith Aircraft ships complete kits (packed in a large wood crate) to customers across the U.S. and around the world. Factory demonstrator aircraft are also housed at the Zenith factory and are available for demo flights, and the company hosts monthly two-day "hands-on" workshops in the factory to give prospective builders the opportunity to gain building experience prior to committing to an entire kit airplane project.
Earlier this year at Zenith introduced its latest design, the STOL CH 750 Super Duty, a short take-off and landing (STOL) airplane with a rear jump seat and the introduction of an all new "unpanel" repositionable glass panel display (that completely replaces the traditional instrument panel). Also in 2017, Zenith Aircraft president Sebastien Heintz was named recipient of EAA's coveted Freedom of Flight award for his contributions to aviation: “The Freedom of Flight Award is meant for an individual who has made the general aviation community better through their integrity, innovation, and high standards — and Sebastien Heintz is the embodiment of that ideal,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and chairman of the board. Heintz is also the 2017 recipient of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers' Assoc. (LAMA) President's Award.
Come by the Zenith booth (#37) to see the planes and to meet with factory reps. Zenith Aircraft president Sebastien Heintz will be presenting two forums at the DeLand Showcase, one at 2:00 pm, Thursday, November 2nd, and another at 9:30 am, Saturday, November 4th. Heintz will speak about kit aircraft, and discuss how building your own aircraft (from a kit) is a lot easier and more affordable than many realize. Discussion will cover the needed skills and tools, as well as budget and time.
Herman and Amy Eschuis of Wheels and Wings will also be at the Zenith booth at the showcase to meet with Zenith builders and to show the new Zenith final hole size match-drilled kits as well as the new Quick Build Kits. Herman offers professional builder assistance services to Zenith builders and owners from his facilities in Edgewater, Florida.
Stay connected to Zenith Aircraft:
O: (573) 581-9000
M: (573) 310-3599