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Zenith Aircraft Company's 20th Annual
OPEN HANGAR DAY and Fly-In Gathering
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Mexico Memorial Airport, Mexico, Missouri

Zenith Aircraft Company's 20th annual OPEN HANGAR DAY and Fly-In Gathering is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the factory located at Mexico Memorial Airport in Mexico, Missouri. Aviation enthusiasts, especially builders and owners of Zenith Aircraft kit planes, are invited to drive or fly-in for the day. The Zenith Aircraft kit production facilities will be open for factory tours and Zenith's factory-demonstrator kit aircraft will be on display.  Company staff will demonstrate kit production and fabrication techniques used in producing the all-metal kit aircraft parts made at the Zenith Aircraft factory. 

Open Hangar Day
*** Click here to view photos and video clips from the 2010 Open Hangar Day ***

We have many activities planned, including a series of hands-on educational and informative workshops for existing owners and builders, as well as new builders just getting started (or just thinking of starting).
Beginning on Friday afternoon we'll present several workshops in the factory, continuing with shorter seminars on Saturday morning.  Back by popular demand, we've scheduled an informal "Zenith banquet" dinner and social gathering on Friday evening. 

STOL CH 750 with the 801 and 701

Starting on Friday afternoon, September 16, several informative seminars will be scheduled.  These free seminars are between one and two hours in length.  The seminar presenters will also be available on Saturday to answer questions.  Group sizes are limited - we strongly recommend you pre-register if you plan to attend the Friday afternoon activities.  ** Pre-registration form ***
A simple "hotdog and soda" lunch will be available at noon on Friday, September 16.
1:00 2:15 pm, Friday, September 16, 2011:
  • Kirk Kleinholz from the Dynon Avionics factory will demonstrate and explain all the features and capabilities of the popular Dynon SkyView glass panel display system.
     
  • Corvair engine guru William Wynne will explain the "hows and whys" of a successful Corvair auto conversion installation in light aircraft.
      
  • NEW  Performing a proper Weight & Balance on a newly built kit airplane is something every builder has to go through. Zenith builder Mike Pruett of Scales4Planes.com will show you how this can be done quickly and easily.  Mike will weigh an actual Zenith aircraft and work through the Weight and Balance report for the aircraft, using the light aircraft scales offered by Scales4Planes.com / Weigh-Systems Inc.

2:30 3:45 pm, Friday, September 16, 2011:

  • Jabiru Aircraft Engines, presented by Zenith builder/owner Mark Stauffer of JabiruUSA.  This informative workshop will cover everything you've always wanted to know about operating and maintaining the popular Jabiru aircraft engines, including the 4-cylinder Jabiru 2200 and the 6-cylinder Jabiru 3300.
      
  • NEW  How EAA Can Help You Build and Fly Your Own Aircraft - Charlie Becker from the Experimental Aircraft Association hosts a seminar on EAA's available resources to help builders, owners and pilots of amateur-built aircraft, including the technical advisor and flight advisor programs, as well as details on Sport Pilot / LSA rules.
      
  • NEW  Viking Aircraft's Jan Eggenfellner will attend with one of his popular 110-hp Honda-based auto conversions.  Viking Aircraft offers low-cost complete firewall-forward packages of the Viking-110 engine for installation in Zeniths.

4:00 5:00 pm, Friday, September 16, 2011:

  • Garmin Avionics - Tim Casey from Garmin Avionics will talk about the G3X “glass cockpit” system for kit planes and light sport aircraft.  The G3X adapts proven technology from Garmin’s top-of-the-line integrated flight deck systems, in a package that fits your panel and budget.
     
  • NEW  Sport Pilot flight trainingBuzzy Devoll of Buzz Air Flight Academy will discuss Sport Pilot flight training as well as transition training to Zeniths.  Buzz operates both a STOL CH 750 and a ZODIAC CH 601 XL-B / CH 650 S-LSA aircraft in the scenic Reno / Lake Tahoe area.
      
  • UL Power North America -  Robert Helms from UL Power North America will present details and answer questions about the UL Power light aircraft engine, as seen on Zenith's demonstrator CH 650 aircraft. The UL Power engines are direct drive air-cooled lightweight engines featuring full FADEC technology.
Garmin GPS door prize6:00 – 9:00 pm, Friday, September 16, 2011:
  • Zenith Builders Banquet at the Elks Lodge (next to the airport).  This is a fun and informal buffet dinner gathering of Zenith enthusiasts, builders, pilots and employees.  Some great door prizes will be awarded, including a brand new Garmin Aera 510 handheld GPS (valued at over $1,000). RSVP soon as space is limited. Click here to purchase your ticket(s) now, or RSVP now and purchase the dinner tickets in advance in the Zenith offices.  Cost: $15.00 per person. Cash bar, opens at 5 pm.

*** RSVP now for the above seminars, workshops and banquet ***

Note: The above schedule is tentative and subject to change.  Keep checking this page for the latest updates.  09/19/2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm:  The Zenith Aircraft kit production facilities will be open for factory tours and Zenith's factory-demonstrator kit aircraft will be on display.  Company staff will demonstrate kit production and fabrication techniques used in producing the all-metal kit aircraft parts made at the Zenith Aircraft factory, including cutting and pre-drilling kit parts on the CNC router, forming and hand finishing wing ribs and other kit parts, and aircraft aluminum welding demonstrations.  We'll also have aircraft kits and parts on hand and special factory tours are planned.
 
Saturday participants and activities include:
 
(As of today, some of the participants listed below have yet to confirm their attendance this year)

Hands-on Workshop:  Visitors will be given the opportunity to "build their own" aircraft-aluminum binder for their Zenith documentation, as well as a custom made wheel chocks assembly project.

Charlie Becker from the Experimental Aircraft Association will attend and host a seminar on EAA's available resources to help builders, owners and pilots of amateur-built aircraft, including the technical advisor and flight advisor programs, as well as details on Sport Pilot / LSA rules.

EAA

Dynon Avionics sent us a brand new glass panel SkyView demo unit which we'll have mounted in a STOL CH 750 instrument panel, demonstrating this new next-generation glass panel with 10" display.

Robert Helms from UL Power North America will be on hand to show this modern new light aircraft engine, as seen on Zenith's demonstrator CH 650 aircraft. 

A representative from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty will attend to hand out catalogs and showcase some of the thousands of items offered by this homebuilders and pilots superstore.

Mark Stauffer, builder and owner of a Zenith, will represent Jabiru USA, distributor of Jabiru engines, the line of lightweight aircraft engines popular in many Zeniths.  Mark will be available to answer your engine installation, operation and maintenance questions.

Aumie and Buzz Devoll of Buzz Air Flight Academy (located outside of Reno, Nevada) will be attending to discuss Sport Pilot flight training as well as transition training to Zeniths.  The flight school operates both a STOL CH 750 and a ZODIAC CH 601 XL-B / CH 650 S-LSA aircraft in the scenic Reno / Lake Tahoe area.

Corvair Engine guru William Wynne of FlyCorvair.com will attend to show the affordable Corvair auto conversion installation popular on many Zeniths

Scales4Planes.com - Zenith builder Mike Pruett will show his light aircraft weighing equipment and show builders and owners how to properly weigh their aircraft and compute a proper "weight and balance" for their aircraft.

Scales4planes.com

Garmin Avionics, the leader in light aircraft GPS and avionics systems, will be on hand to show the latest Garmin products for light sport aircraft including the new GSX flight deck.  Tim Casey, Garmin's sales manager for portables, LSA, and Experimental Aviation Markets, will answer questions on installing and operating Garmin avionics in Zenith aircraft.

Garmin

Viking Aircraft produces a low-cost Honda-based 110-hp engine, and offers complete firewall-forward packages of the Viking-110 engine for installation in Zeniths.

Viking Aircraft

HomebuiltHelp.com offers a complete line of "how-to" videos available on DVD, and will have the popular DVDs available for preview and purchase. 

Russell Lepre from FlightCrafters, a leading provider of professional builder assistance and quick-build kits, will attend to meet with builders and answer building and flying questions.

FlightCrafters

George Happ from Matco Mfg., maker of light aircraft wheels and brakes used on many Zeniths, will be on hand to discuss the company's products and how to best install and operate them on your Zenith.

American Light Sport Aircrafters (AmLSA) is a new builder assistance center located in Mexico, Missouri.  It was established to help builders get their kit project completed and flying sooner, and to provide kit assembly facilities to builders who do not have the needed space.  Diane and Billy Carter from AmLSA will attend with their STOL CH 750 project to meet with builders and answer building questions.

American Light
Sport Aircrafters

Jon Croke, editor of the "Zenair Newsletter," will be available to sell back issues of the newsletter, renew your subscription, and interview builders and suppliers for future issues of the builder newsletter.  The official newsletter is published six times per year, and each issue comes with a companion DVD.

http://www.zenith.aero

Wayne Lanza of Composite Design will showcase the company's new Light Sport Power Panel used by Zenith Aircraft Co. and supplied in the STOL CH 750 instrument panel kit.

Wick's Aircraft Supplies will hand out catalogs and showcase some of the builder supplies offered by Wick's (aircraft building materials and hardware, tools, and accessories).

Zenith Aircraft kits, options, and parts will be on display and available to order.

Customer Projects:  Existing Zenith Aircraft builders and owners enjoy sharing information and details about building and flying their aircraft, and will be available to discuss construction, finishing (paint, upholstery, avionics, alternative engines, etc.) and flying their aircraft creations. Builders and pilots:  Bring your photos to share with fellow builders, and let us know if you would like some indoor space for a display or presentation.
Other products and services for Zenith builders and flyers. (Contact us if you are interested in showcasing products or services that are of interest to Zenith builders and flyers).

Factory demonstrator aircraft:

In front of the Zenith Aircraft Company factory (Mexico, Missouri)

The popular CH 650, STOL CH 701, STOL CH 750 and STOL CH 801 factory demonstrator aircraft will be parked at the factory.  Demonstrations fligths may be available by prior arrangement.

Food and refreshments:  Local EAA chapter 1225 will provide a hot lunch at noon on Saturday, September 18.  Zenith will also have complimentary coffee available in the morning.

Note: Zenith will be holding a Rudder Workshop on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15 & 16 (his workshop is now full).

Accommodations:  Due to the large number of visitors to Mexico on September 16 & 17, local hotels may fill up quickly.  There are numerous additional hotels in the general area, as well as camping sites.  Click here for additional information on accommodations.
We can help you to carpool if you are flying in and need a ride to and from a local hotel.  Let us know how we can help you.

Zenith Builders and Pilots:
Owners of completed Zenith Aircraft are encouraged to fly-in for the activities and to show off their completed project to fellow builders (we will provide tie-down space and help facilitate ground transportation if possible).  Let us know of any special needs or requirements.  
If flying in, please bring your own aircraft tie-downs, especially if staying overnight. If flying in with your Zenith plane, please park your airplane as close to the Zenith factory as possible on Saturday. We'll try to position and group all Zeniths in front of the factory for the group photo at 10:30 am.  If driving in, please bring yourself a folding (lawn) chair if possible. We will have chairs and picnic tables, but we sometimes run out...
There is no charge to attend the Open Hangar Day or any seminars, with the exception of the banquet dinner on Friday evening.  Check this page for the latest updates and schedule.  Please contact us if you have ideas, requests or capabilities to make the 20th annual 2011 Open Hangar and Fly-In Gathering both a fun and educational event.  
Note to builders: You can arrange to pick-up parts at the Open Hangar Day if the parts have been ordered, paid for and confirmed prior to the Open Hangar Day.

Hundreds of builders and enthusiasts attended last year's Open Hangar Day in Mexico, Missouri. The gathering is an excellent opportunity for owners and builders of Zenith Aircraft kits to meet each other and to tour the Zenith Aircraft facilities. 

Located in scenic mid-Missouri, all pilots and aviation enthusiasts are invited to drive or fly in to attend Zenith Aircraft Co.'s annual ‘Open Hangar and Fly-In’ day. For more information on attending, please call Zenith Aircraft at (573) 581-9000 or the Mexico Airport at (573) 581-0162.


Photos from previous Open Hangar Days. Summary of last year's Open Hangar Day | Click here for photos from the 2010 event
STOL CH 701 Discussing engine installations.
Inspections Gus Warren discussed and showed how to thoroughly inspect a Zenith aircraft prior to your first flight, and how to adequately preflight your aircraft before every flight.  This seminar included an actual inspection using a itemized checklist.  Gus, who is also an A&P mechanic and flight instructor, answered questions about Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft (LSA).
Planes... Thanks to great weather, several dozen Zeniths flew in to the Open Hangar day.
Dynon presentation Workshops and seminars kept builders busy all day.
Cooking EAA chapter 1225 volunteers cook pork steaks for lunch....
Open Hangar Owners of completed Zenith Aircraft flew in for the activities and to show off their completed projects to fellow builders.
Dinner Friday evening Zenith banquet  -  the dinner buffet was enjoyed by more than 135 builders and Zenith employees on Friday evening prior to the Open Hangar Day.  (Note: the event is now held indoors)
17th annual Open Hangar Day 2008 Builders and their planes pose in front of the Zenith factory for the traditional group photo:  Join us and be part of our annual Zenith Group Photo at 10:30 on Saturday morning.  We'll try to include as many Zeniths as possible in the group photo.
Scratch-build workshop Mark Townsend presented a workshop on building your own Zenith from plans-only, covering the tools, materials and skills needed to build your own Zenith plane from just a set of blueprints (as opposed to the kit).
Hands-on construction Builders were given the opportunity to "build their own" all-metal binder for the Zenith plans set.   

Video Clip from the 2009 Open Hangar Day:


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Mexico, Missouri, 65265-0650 USA.
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