Aircraft Company offers kit builders the opportunity to
"try before they buy" at hands-on factory workshops
Mexico, Missouri - Zenith Aircraft Company's factory
workshops have become popular with sport aviation enthusiasts, giving them
the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in building their own
Zenith Aircraft kit plane. At a low cost, participants get the opportunity
to actually start assembling kit parts under the direction and guidance of
factory professionals, and they "graduate" from the workshop upon
completing construction of their own aircraft rudder tail section of one of
Zenith Aircraft Company’s popular kit aircraft designs, including the new STOL
CH 750 or ZODIAC
The workshops are held over two days, with participants assembling
the complete rudder tail kit of the aircraft (which is the entire vertical
tail section of the Chris Heintz designs) from stock rudder kit parts.
Some of the skills learned in the construction of the rudder assembly
include: reading the drawings and assembly manuals, measuring, drilling,
de-burring, and blind riveting, as well as cutting and filing sheet metal
parts. Once complete, the rudder tail section is ready to install on
an actual airplane and each participant keeps the rudder that they have
assembled themselves. The rudder kit that is built at the
workshop is constructed the same way as the rest of the kit airplane,
and thus provides an excellent introduction to simple all-metal light
||Assembly of the rudder tail kit
Roger Dubbert, Zenith's demo pilot and a staff workshop
coordinator, states: "The workshop makes it very easy for first-time
builders to learn all about building their own plane - they learn about the
required tools, skills and workshop by spending a couple of days on actual
construction. Our workshops really emphasize hands-on experience – with
the philosophy that one learns best by experience. Of course the
workshop would not be complete without a demo flight!"
All participants are offered a demo flight in the aircraft, and the
workshop includes a tour of the Zenith kit aircraft production facilities.
New technology, such as extensive use of CNC drilling and cutting
equipment in the kit parts manufacturing process, makes building a kit
aircraft quicker and easier than ever before, while Zenith's
extensive experience in the industry assures builders with available expert
technical support and quality assembly manuals and assembly instructions
detailed step-by-step photo assembly guides). Zenith's
kits are supplied complete, with standard factory-riveted wing spars,
factory welded steel parts, and all hardware included to complete the
aircraft. Kit builders can choose to "buy-as-they-build"
from component (section) kits or they can purchase the full kit in one large
box. Alternatively, some builders also choose to
"scratch-build" their complete airplane from the available
Workshop participants are often surprised to learn
that they do not need special skills or tools to assemble a Zenith Aircraft
kit. Dubbert explained that the most effective way for potential kit
builders to learn about building their own aircraft is to actually gain
hands-on building experience. Builder workshops provide just that while giving
participants the opportunity to "try before they buy."
Spouses, family members and friends are encouraged to attend and to take
part in the rudder kit assembly (at no additional cost), making the workshop
a potential fun getaway for a few days. Participants are also invited
to attend a social group dinner at the end of the first day.
"We recommend our workshops as a starting point to
anyone interested in building, owning or flying a light aircraft,"
states Zenith Aircraft Company president Sebastian Heintz. "Oftentimes,
initially skeptical builders are surprised that they already have the skills
needed to build their own and they find out that building their own
airplane is both a fun and rewarding project. Even if you've
already decided to build your own Zenith kit, we recommend the workshop as
an excellent starting point to pick up useful building tips and hints, and
to learn more about using the hand tools and working with the parts and the
assembly drawings and instructions."
Attending a workshop is an invaluable first step in building (or
selecting) a kit aircraft, and a workshop held at the factory (where the
actual kit parts and assemblies are manufactured) offers also the
"hands-on experience" of a demonstration flight, factory tour and
meeting the people who design, fly and manufacture the kit. For
those that may not have the time or confidence to build the entire project
themselves, there are several professional builder assistance centers
located around the country to help builders complete the project.
If you cannot travel to the factory to attend a workshop, Zenith
also offers the comprehensive ‘Rudder Starter Kit’ that includes the
complete rudder tail kit and detailed assembly instructions that can be
shipped by UPS. The rudder takes about 10 hours to assemble (with basic
tools), and provides the first-time builder with an excellent introduction
to building an all-metal Zenair aircraft, while actually building a control
section for the aircraft.
Zenith Aircraft Company's factory workshops are held every month.
[Click here for the next
scheduled workshop dates].
For more information on attnding a workshop or on the ‘Starter
Kit,’ contact Zenith Aircraft Company at (573) 581-9000 or visit the
company’s web site: www.zenithair.com
Press Release Short Form:
Zenith Aircraft Company offers
hands-on aircraft building workshops at its kit production
factory in Mexico, Missouri. Learn all about building your very own
aircraft by assembling the rudder tail kit at the factory. The two-day
workshop includes a demo flight and factory tour. Zenith produces kits
for the popular STOL CH 750 light sport utility kit plane and the sleek CH
650 low wing cross-country cruiser. Kits for the all-metal aircraft
designs are supplied complete, and can be assembled in under 500 hours.
Next factory workshops at Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico, Missouri: [Click
November 18 & 19, 2010 and December 8 & 9, 2010.
For more information, contact Zenith Aircraft Company: www.zenithair.com
or call 573-581-9000.
The complete STOL CH 750 kit: