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Inside the Zenith Aircraft factory...


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fact-1.jpg (37957 bytes) Inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory.
CNC router Cutting out nose-rib blanks on the 12-foot CNC router.
Zenith Aircraft production 12-foot CNC router and press brake (background).
Factory visit Touring the production facilities during a factory visit (by appointment).
Quick-Build Kit Building the Zodiac from a Kit
Inside the Zenith Aircraft factory Inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory.
Visiting the factory at the annual Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day.
fact-top1.jpg (73739 bytes) Inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory.
fact1-inv.jpg (103328 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory:
Parts inventory and quality control (QC).
fact-stamp.jpg (64180 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory:
Stamping an elevator rib in a small hydraulic press.
fact1-shear.jpg (30006 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory:
Pre-cutting wing skins to size
fact-skin.jpg (43832 bytes) Forming the wing leading-edge skins.
czaw-spar.jpg (47892 bytes) Building the ZODIAC wing spars.  In the kit, the wing spars are supplied factory-built.
czaw-spar1.jpg (42133 bytes) Jigging the ZODIAC wing spar sections together.  In the kit, the wing spars are supplied factory-built.
fact1-rivet.jpg (41643 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory:
Riveting and assembling the STOL CH 701 wing spars.
(Wing spars are supplied factory-assembled in the kit).
fact-weld.jpg (64841 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory:
Welding an aluminum wing tank.
fact1-weld.jpg (43385 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory:
Welding and machining.
fact-skin.jpg (110153 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory:
Pre-drilling fuselage skins.
Testing the wings for strength...
fact1-zen.jpg (46737 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory:
Parts production facilities.
fact-hammr.jpg (63207 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory:
Hand finishing the rear fuselage bulkhead.
fact-drill.jpg (46871 bytes) Parts manufacturing inside the Zenith Aircraft kit factory.
fact1-cnc.jpg (29398 bytes) Pre-drilling STOL CH 701 wing skins with a computer-controlled (CNC) drilling machine.
fact-inspect.jpg (63398 bytes) Final inspection before Super ZODIAC wing ribs are shipped to the customer.
fact-jig.jpg (32370 bytes) Factory-jigged fuselages at the Zenith Aircraft factory.
Putting together factory-jigged fuselages at the Zenith Aircraft factory.
zac-bldg.jpg (10571 bytes) The Zenith Aircraft factory expansion at Mexico Memorial Airport in Missouri (10/98)
zac-fact1.jpg (22621 bytes) Factory demo planes...
z-crate.jpg (26969 bytes) Shipping out a complete aircraft (wings and tail removed) in a single crate, being shipped to Asia by air.
fact-crate.jpg (28341 bytes) Shipping complete kits (crated) to customers.
Picking up the crate from the shipping terminal (Australia).
ZODIAC Kit, uncrated
EAA Air Academy: Building the ZODIAC CH 601 wing.
EAA Air Academy: Building the ZODIAC CH 601 center wing.
Factory tour Touring the factory at the annual Zenith Open Hangar day.
More than 100 builders and pilots socialize at the annual Zenair Builders' Dinner at the Oshkosh fly-in.
EAA Air Academy: Building the ZODIAC CH 601 fuselage.

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