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Zenith Aircraft 25th Annual Open Hangar Days & Fly-in: September 23 & 24, 2016, in Mexico, Missouri
Mexico, Missouri – Celebrating the 25th Open Hangar Days brings new and exciting
activities to Zenith Aircraft Company. This year's annual fly-in promises to be the biggest
yet, with fun contests, educational seminars, social activities, including a live band at the kit
aircraft factory located in central Missouri.
On Friday, educational seminars will begin in the morning and last throughout the day
featuring various airframe, engine, avionics options with Dynon, Garmin, Continental, Rotax,
UL Power and many more participating. The knowledge gained from these educational
seminars give builders and potential builders an opportunity to learn more about the choices
they have when building and finishing their own aircraft. Friday night's Zenith banquet
dinner will include a fun Zenith trivia game show with great prizes.
Saturday's schedule is packed full of activities including:
 Zenith aircraft show, judged by the public with many categories and prizes,
 Cleco & riveting contest,
 STOL Competition (sponsored by Kitplanes magazine), and
 Flour bombing competition.
There will also be hands-on building projects in the factory, Zenith Aircraft presentations,
and guided factory tours, as well as representation from more than a dozen vendors (avionics,
engines, insurance, etc.). The event has been extended this year to add a fun BBQ dinner and
awards ceremony starting at 5:00 pm and live 60’s & 70’s rock-n-roll music with the local
Highwater Band at the Zenith factory.
EAA head Jack Pelton and EAA Director of Chapters, Communities & Homebuilts Charlie
Becker will be featured guests at this year's event and will attend with the newly painted One
Week Wonder Zenith CH 750 Cruzer that was built from a standard aircraft kit into a
completed flyable aircraft in just seven days by more than 2,500 people at the EAA
Airventure Oshkosh 2014.
The SAM aircraft, the latest addition to the Zenith aircraft kit family, will also be on display
at the factory. A low-wing all-metal tandem two-seater, the SAM Aircraft design presents a
rare balance between retro styling and modern engineering. The SAM Aircraft was inspired
by legendary trainers of the Golden Age of Aviation, yet offers pilot comfort, state-of-the-art
technology and outstanding flight characteristics that all pilots will appreciate, and is being
offered in a brand new CNC manufactured kit for quick and easy assembly.
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The annual Open Hangar Days have become a popular event for builders and enthusiasts to
fly-in and visit the factory. Prior to the event Zenith Aircraft is hosting a monthly factory
rudder workshop on Wednesday, September 21 & Thursday, September 22, giving potential
builders the opportunity to learn all about building their own kit aircraft.
Corvair engine guru William Wynne (of will also be hosting a Corvair engine
finishing school at the Mexico airport, demonstrating a complete Corvair auto conversion
engine assembly and test run.
For nearly a quarter century Zenith Aircraft Company has been manufacturing easy to build
and fun to fly aircraft kits designed by aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz. Zenith Aircraft
produces kit aircraft with superb short take-off and landing capabilities demonstrated by the
STOL CH 701 and STOL CH 750 models, as well as economical two-seat cross-country
cruisers: The high-wing Zenith CH 750 Cruzer and the sleek low-wing Zenith CH 650. With
builder choices in mind, all Zenith aircraft kits are designed to offer builders a wide variety
of suitable engines, avionics, and custom kit options. Zenith Aircraft builders typically build
their own airplanes in 400-500 hours from a complete kit, or can choose to build from
component kits, quick build kits, or scratch-build from plans (blueprints) only.
For 25 years the Zenith Open Hangar Days have proven to be a great way for Zenith builders,
flyers and enthusiasts to meet with each other to share their love of building and flying, and
to get to know the factory staff, while also learning about building, maintaining and flying
their own airplane. There is no cost to attend the days' activities, but an RSVP ticket
purchase is required for the dinners. All Zenith aircraft owners are encouraged to fly in or
drive in, and all aviation enthusiasts are welcome to attend.
Details on location / accommodations:
While area hotels sell out well in advance of the event, there will be camping available at the
Mexico airport.
Further details will be available on the Zenith Aircraft website, with a detailed seminar and
events schedule: and Zenith facebook page:

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Photos from the 2014 event: [ home ]

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