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Hightower to Attend Zenith Open House


Zenith factory

September 20, 2012 - Zenith Aircraft Company's Open Hangar Day and 20th anniversary celebration takes place this weekend at company headquarters in Mexico, Missouri. Events kick off Friday night with a banquet, followed Saturday by Open Hangar Day activities at Mexico Memorial Airport.

Attendees can attend educational seminars, workshops, and demonstrations on both days. Dozens of Zenith customer-built airplanes are expected to fly in as well, allowing builders and owners (some of whom have been flying Zenith/Zenair designs since the 1970s) opportunities to swap stories and tips with first-time builders. Also on hand will be representatives of aircraft suppliers including Dynon, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Matco Wheels, Wicks, Garmin, Corvair, UL Power, Jabiru Engines, and others.

Special guest EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower will attend the 20th anniversary banquet on Friday evening. Among the door prizes at the Friday night banquet is a Dynon D1 Pocket Panel portable EFIS.

Hightower will also present a seminar on Saturday morning on experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft safety, including a discussion about the causes of E-AB accidents, a summary of the NTSB's recommendations to the FAA (as it relates to new E-AB regulation), and first flight best practices.

EAA Homebuilders Community Manager Chad Jensen will attend to share info on EAA's available resources to help builders, owners, and pilots of amateur-built aircraft, including the Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor programs.

All are invited to visit the factory and see where Zenith Aircraft kits are made, meet the factory staff, and get together with fellow pilots, builders, and enthusiasts.

Zenith opened for business at its Missouri facility in 1992, building on the legacy created by famed CH-series aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz, who had been developing and selling plans and kit aircraft since 1974. Today the company, led by Chris Heintz's son, Sebastien, has thousands of Zenith planes flying, and thousands more under construction.

To learn more about Zenith's Open Hangar activities, visit the website.


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