Comparative Analysis: Choosing The Kit Aircraft That's Right for You

Worksheet 3: Company / Designer

Let's now look at the company and designer behind the aircraft.

If you are not familiar with the company and/or designer spend some time researching and asking around (or if you really don't know the answer, contact the kit manufacturer or designer for the information).

Kit Aircraft Comparative Analysis
Worksheet 3: Company / Designer
Kit A: Kit B:
Weight COMPANY / DESIGNER Rating Score Rating Score
Company Reputation
Is this a quality organization?
3
2
1
3
2
1
Years in Business
Do they have a proven track record?
Are they going to be around to support me?
3
2
1
3
2
1
Location of Factory
Are they close by or accessible?
Can I pick-up the kit?
Shipping charges?
3
2
1
3
2
1
Designer's Qualifications and Experience
Does this guy know what he's doing?
3
2
1
3
2
1
Newsletter / Updates / Internet
Will I be kept up-to-date?
Can I correspond with fellow builders?
3
2
1
3
2
1
Customer Support from Factory
Are these guy's going to support me?
Do they charge extra for tech support?
3
2
1
3
2
1
Other 3
2
1
3
2
1
Worksheet 2: Aircraft Design
TOTAL SCORE
TOTAL
KIT A:
TOTAL
KIT B:

 Now that we've compared the companies, let's move on to Worksheet 4: The Kit

CHOOSING YOUR KIT HOME Worksheet 1
FLYING
Worksheet 2
DESIGN
Worksheet 4
THE KIT
Worksheet 5
COSTS
Zenith Aircraft HOME ZODIAC CH 601 STOL CH 701

Zenith Aircraft Company (1994 - 2003)