Visiting the Zenith
Aircraft Company kit production facilities in Mexico, Missouri
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What better way to learn more about Zenith
Aircraft Company's kit planes
than by actually visiting the factory where the kits are made? Factory demonstrator kit
aircraft are available for demonstration flights to potential builders and
scheduled factory workshops allow potential
builders to gain hands-on experience in building a kit aircraft. Demo flights are
available strictly by appointment, weather permitting, and are to
demonstrate to potential builders
the normal operating envelope and characteristics of the aircraft.
Centrally located in the United States, Zenith
Aircraft Company is conveniently situated 100 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri. The
City of Mexico (pop. 12,000) boasts eight parks, 33
churches, several shopping areas, and many recreational activities including golf and
fishing. There are several hotels in Mexico (including a Bed & Breakfast) and several
camping areas nearby. Scenic Mark Twain Lake is about 30 miles to the north, and the
popular Lake of the Ozarks tourist area is 85 miles to the south.
The Zenith Aircraft factory is located on Mexico Memorial Airport, making it easy to drive
or fly-in to visit the factory.
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BY AIR: See Kansas City Sectional.
Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ):
39° 09’ 28" N 91° 49’ 07" W, 822’ ASL
Two Paved Runways: Rwy 06-24: 5,500’ x 100’, Rwy 18-36: 3,200 x 50’
Unicom (CTAF): 122.9 AWOS: 120.575 (573-581-7868)
FBO: (573) 581-0162. An airport courtesy car is available (by prior
The new terminal building has a pilot lounge with 24/7 access, with
restrooms, showers and internet.
BY ROAD: Mexico Memorial Airport is located on Hwy. 54, three
miles east of the City of Mexico. From I-70, Exit 148 northbound on Hwy. 54, and follow
Hwy. 54 right to the airport (approximately 15 miles from I-70, and
miles west of St. Louis).
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APPOINTMENT: Before making travel arrangements to visit the
factory, please make an appointment, and schedule appointments during our regular business
operating hours (8 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday). Call (573) 581-9000 to schedule a factory
"My visit to the factory was worth every bit
of what it cost, and I accomplished my mission goals. A kit build project
involves a long-term relationship with the factory, and the only way to
be sure is to test it out."
magazine, May 2007
"The Factory Adventure - Visit before
by Earl C. Downs, pages 52 - 57.
Lodging: Request the Zenith corporate rate when making your
If flying in by commercial airline, we recommend that you fly in to
St. Louis (STL) and rent a car
for the duration of your visit. The St. Louis airport is an easy 2
hour drive. Directions
Also, check for flights into Columbia,
Missouri (COU). This is a regional airport with several
scheduled flights per day, about a 45 minute drive to Zenith. Directions