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Following are a few photos from Sun'n Fun 2007:

Sun'n Fun Fly-In

 

Trying on the Zodiac XL cabin for size Trying on the Zodiac XL cabin for size at the Zenith booth
ZODIAC XL S-LSA from AMD A new factory-produced ZODIAC XL S-LSA for Sport Pilots.
Zodiac XL Kit (on its gear) with a Jabiru 3300 engine A Zodiac XL Kit (on its gear) with a Jabiru 3300 engine
The Zodiac XL Kit wing (on right), flaps, ailerons and horizontal tail sections. The Zodiac XL wing assembly (on right), flaps, ailerons and horizontal tail sections in the Flight-Crafters trailer.
Flying the STOL CH 701 at the "ultralight" field at Sun'n Fun. Flying the STOL CH 701 at the Paradise City "ultralight" field at Sun'n Fun.
Flying the STOL CH 701 at the "ultralight" field at Sun'n Fun.
STOL CH 701 - Sun'n Fun 2007 The STOL CH 701 was parked at the Paradise City "ultralight" field at Sun'n Fun so that it could be demonstrated in a grass field environment.  Quality Sport Planes (California) staff was on hand to fly the aircraft and to answer questions throughout the week.
Zenith STOL CH 701 and Zodiac XL kit aircraft STOL CH 701 and Zodiac XL
Flying a 701 at Sun'n Fun Flying the STOL CH 701 at the Sun'n Fun fly-in
  • Watch a video clip of a STOL CH 701 demonstrating short take-offs, steep approaches, and short landings at the "ultralight" field at Sun'n Fun.
Designer Chris Heintz forum lecture Chris Heintz, designer of the popular Zenith airplanes, gave several "forums" on light aircraft design and construction at Sun'n Fun.
Sun'n Fun 2007

Good food and great company!
The 3rd annual "Webmasters BBQ" was held on Thursday, April 19 at the campground. 

Sun'n Fun Zenair builders BBQ

Good food and great company!

Sun'n Fun Zenair builders BBQ

Thanks to the BBQ Sponsors: JabiruUSA, FlyCorvair.com, HomebuiltHelp.com, Quality Sport Planes, Cummins Spinners and the webmasters of www.ch601.org and www.ch701.com.

Sun'n Fun 2007

Designer Chris Heintz at the BBQ chatting with a builder.

Rudder start kit assembly: STOL CH 701

Workshop participants start assembly of the rudder tail section at the two-day workshop

rudder workshop

Lining up the rudder starter kit parts

Rudder Workshop

A workshop participant proudly poses with the completed rudder tail section he completed at the two-day workshop put on at the FlightCrafters builder assistance facility.

Notice the STOL CH 701 and ZODIAC XL projects in the background.

aircraft engine installation

A builder / owner working on a Jabiru 3300 engine installation for his Zodiac XL project in the FlightCrafters facility.

 
Some photos of "the trip" to Sun'n Fun:
STOL CH 701 and 801 Flying to Lakeland, Florida, from Mexico, Missouri:
The annual 1,000 mile (1,600 km.) trip to the week-long Sun'n Fun fly-in convention with the factory demonstrator STOL CH 701 and STOL CH 801 aircraft is always a fun adventure.
MYJ to LAL The route from Mexico, Missouri (MYJ) to Lakeland, Florida (LAL), and then back.
Missouri River Flying along the banks of the "Big Muddy" Missouri River.
Overnight Spending the night under cover of an old open "hangar".
STOL CH 801 viewed from the 701 The STOL CH 801 photographed from the STOL CH 701
131 mph ground speed A good tail wind increases the range of the STOL CH 701.
Flying loose formation with the four-seat STOL CH 801 From the STOL CH 701: Flying loose formation with the four-seat STOL CH 801
Flying loose formation with the four-seat STOL CH 801
Flying the STOL CH 701 over the Mississippi River Following the Mississippi River
Flying the STOL CH 701 over the Mississippi River ...heading home.
 
Previous years:
ZODIACs at the Zenith Aircraft Co. booth at Sun'n Fun 2006
ZODIAC XL Zenith's factory demonstrator ZODIAC XL (powered by a Jabiru 3300 engine).
ZODIAC Phil Maxson's polished Corvair-powered Zodiac XL at Sun'n Fun
Corvair power Two Corvairs in the air at Sun'n Fun:
Phil Maxson's ZODIAC XL (photographed from William Wynne's ZODIAC XL (taildragger).
The Zenith crew unpacks a Zodiac XL Kit which was on display during the week.
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ZODIAC XL Aircraft Manufacturing and Development displayed a couple of factory-assembled ZODIAC XL S-LSA aircraft powered by the Continental O-200
Flight training in the ZODIAC XL
Both the STOL CH 701 and STOL CH 801 were flown once again from Mexico, Missouri to Lakeland, Florida (and back)... nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 km.) each way.
SNF 2006 Sun'n Fun 2006: The 2nd Annual "Webmasters BBQ" was a great success.
SNF 2006 Designer Chris Heintz chatting with builders at the BBQ.
SNF 2006 The Heintz clan at the BBQ
The Flight Crafters crew worked on a ZODIAC XL Kit wing assembly as well as a STOL CH 701 kit.
The Zodiac XL Kit
Phil Maxson's polished new Corvair-powered Zodiac XL at Sun'n Fun
Chris Heintz Chris Heintz design forum at Sun'n Fun
  • Click here to read design articles by Chris Heintz
Chris Heintz
STOL CH 701 and 801 at Sun'n Fun

Sun'n Fun 2000

Come visit us at the annual EAA Sun'n Fun fly-in convention:

ch-forum.jpg (19863 bytes) Designer Chris Heintz "Forums" at Sun'n Fun:  
Though he's officially retired, Chris Heintz, designer of the Zenith Aircraft kits, attended the Sun'n Fun fly-in once again to speak on light aircraft design and construction at Sun'n Fun.
The forums were an excellent opportunity to learn more about Zenith Aircraft kit designs - right from the source!
Date Time Location  Short Title
Wednesday
4/18/2007
1:00 - 2:00 PM Tent #11 Light Aircraft Design for Performance and Efficiency
Thursday
4/19/2007
12:00 - 1:00 PM Tent #1 Riveting & Sheet-Metal Construction For The 1st Time Builder
Thursday
4/19/2007
5:00 PM Builders and enthusiasts BBQ
  Schedule subject to change - see actual program.

Zenith Aircraft factory workshop

  • Start Building Your Own Airplane while at Sun'n Fun with FlightCrafters! 
    FlightCrafters / ZenithDistributing will be offering the popular and highly recommended hands-on Rudder Workshop at its nearby facilities. The two-day workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, in the air-conditioned FlightCrafters facilities next to the Zephyrhills airport.  At the workshop, you’ll be guided by the pros, learn a lot, meet other builders, and go home with the first component of your own airplane completed! (workshop size is limited).  The price to get started is the cost of the rudder starter kit. The workshop project is organized by the very able experts from FlightCrafters.  

Factory-Assembled ZODIAC XL S-LSA

  • Factory-assembled Zodiac LSA for Sport Pilots
    Meet the folks from Aircraft Manufacturing and Development at the Zenith Aircraft booth and see a brand-new Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) ZODIAC XL. They'll tell you all about the certified LSA version of the Zodiac. Aircraft Manufacturing and Development markets and distributes the factory-built Light-Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) ZODIAC XL.

Sun'n Fun 2005 BBQ


Photos from past years at Sun'n Fun:  Click here for more photos
Sun'n Fun 2005 Designer Chris Heintz at the builders' BBQ
xl-osh2004c.jpg (50227 bytes) Corvair engine powered ZODIAC XL at the Zenith booth (Sun'n Fun fly-in 2005)
On the Sun'n Fun flightline
STOL CH 701 at Sun'n Fun Flying a STOL CH 701 at Sun'n Fun
snf04b.jpg (59309 bytes) Zenair 701 at the Sun'n Fun
snf2000b.jpg (34436 bytes) A STOL CH 801 leading-edge slat and wing assembly was on display (2002)

Zenith Aircraft Company was presented with a Sun'n Fun plaque in 1999 "in appreciation of 25 years support" to the EAA Sun'n Fun fly-in convention.


Visit the official sun-n-fun.org web site for complete details about attending this major aviation event.

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