While previous aircraft building experience and sheet-metal skills are always an asset, the kits and assembly instructions have been developed specifically for the inexperienced novice builder. In fact, an overwhelming number of ZODIAC builders are building their very first aircraft ! The simplicity of construction, quality of parts and components, and the completeness of the kit translates into low build-times and a very high kit completion ratio, even for novice builders.
The ZODIAC kits meet the requirements for amateur-built (experimental) categories in the United States and Canada, as well as in most countries around the world. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that ZODIAC kits meet FAR section 21.191(g), making them eligible for amateur-built registration.
In the kit, all
the wing ribs and fuselage bulkheads are supplied pre-formed. For example, the internal
wing ribs are first press-formed, with lightening holes cut and flanged, and then hand
finished at the factory for a perfect ready-to-install fit. The strong wing spars comes
complete with all solid (bucked) rivets already set by factory professionals.
Pre-assembled parts (such as the wing spar) are factory-treated with zinc-chromate primer for maximum corrosion resistance. Welded parts, such as the engine mount, control assemblies, and fuel tank, come factory welded and ready to install.
Zenith Aircraft's kits are complete: landing gear, wheels, fiberglass wing tips, control systems, welded aluminum fuel tank, etc., are standard equipment in the complete airframe kit. Every part, component and sub-assembly is made only from quality materials, passed through a strict quality control program before being shipped to the customer. With the addition of the 'firewall-forward' Rotax powerplant and instruments package, the builder gets everything needed to build and fly the ZODIAC. The only items not included in the kit are the exterior paint, cabin upholstery, and battery.
A ZODIAC builder can start assembly right away after taking delivery of the kit. Working from a flat table, the builder can immediately begin to build the wings - simply by measuring, drilling and riveting, and thus progress through the whole airframe section by section, aided by the detailed blue prints, step-by-step manual and visual photo guide supplied with the kit. Building an all-metal ZODIAC kit is straight forward, requiring no complex jigs, and no messy (and hazardous) doping or epoxy work is involved. With the proven and simple all-metal construction technique, the ZODIAC builder does not have to worry about having a temperature controlled dust-free workshop environment, and does not have to mix compounds and wait for parts to cure.
Parts Manufacturing at the Zenith Aircraft factory:
ZODIAC builders are buying more than a box full of aircraft kit parts: We take customer support seriously, and take pride in the reputation we've developed over the last twenty years. Our relationship with the customer only begins when the kit is delivered. Direct factory support is always available - just a phone call, fax or email message away, which is promptly answered by the same professionals who build the kits. Whether building from plans-only, component kits, or from the complete kit, direct technical support is available to every ZODIAC builder. The exclusive online builder resources and the ZENITH.AERO online community are other forms of continuous builder support, providing ongoing updates, building tips and news from other builders. Also, there are already hundreds of active ZODIAC builders around the world, happy to help other local builders complete their projects.
Workshops at the factory allow first-time builders to gain hands-on experience in building their own aircraft with the guidance and help of experienced factory professionals.
Compare the value and quality of the ZODIAC kit to the competition for completeness, pre-manufactured parts and components, standard equipment, low build time, building ease and required skills. The high kit completion ratio for the ZODIAC aircraft speaks for the quality of the kit and the level of available customer support.
© Zenith Aircraft Company: 2012-07-06