Now that Synergy Air has delivered its first dozen factory RV-12s, the company has begun taking orders for another batch, according to a report at AOPA.org. The story notes that Synergy Air expects to build about 30 RV-12s in the next 12 months and up to 50 the following year. Synergy Air’s RV-12s range in price from $115,000 to $123,000 depending on options.
PEMBROKE, Quebec — While many Zenith builders dream about flying into the backcountry, Richard Lauzon, 56, flies the opposite direction. Based at the Ten Mile Lodge in northern Quebec, Lauzon says his STOL CH 801 is by far the most practical means of getting in and out of his hunting/fishing resort.
SkyRunner, a new recreational sports vehicle that is part all-terrain vehicle and part light-sport aircraft, will make its public debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week.
Military aircraft, flags, fierce mythical creatures, comely young women — these are often the inspiration for aircraft paint schemes. You can get exceedingly elaborate with a design that stands out and attracts crowds, or go the other direction and keep it simple with a white base coat and a stripe.
The Bruch family from Sturgis, S.D., decided to go between the two ends of the spectrum when they designed a paint scheme for their RV-9 drawing inspiration from a child’s toy.
There are airplanes that are built for show, airplanes built for backcountry camping, and airplanes built for IFR cross-country flying. One of the best things about building your own airplane is that you can create a machine that fits all these categories. Gordon Anderson, from Silverthorn, Colo., has achieved this with his 2012 Sportsman 2+2. The red and gold high-wing was one of the more talked about airplanes at this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh.
MEXICO, Mo. — Most people would not buy an automobile without taking it out for a test drive, so Zenith Aircraft encourages people to attend a builders’ workshop to test their aptitude for building before buying an aircraft kit.
OSHKOSH, Wis. — Heightened safety efforts by the aviation community and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) are showing positive results, as fiscal year 2013 figures from the FAA indicate that fatal accidents in amateur-built aircraft in the U.S. declined by 30% when compared to fiscal year 2012.
TEMECULA, Calif. — Quicksilver Aeronautics has produced more than 15,000 kit-built aircraft since the early 1970s, but so far it has not been a player in the U.S. defense community. Thanks to a collaboration with IDENT, LLC, that may be changing.
MEXICO, Mo. — Every month Zenith Aircraft hosts a two-day workshop for people who want to learn about the basics involved in building a metal aircraft. Some people attend to build the rudder for the complete kit they are ordering. Others just want to sample the types of work involved in aircraft construction.
The workshop in October is set for the 11th and 12th and the November event will happen on the 14th and 15th; December is set for the 12th and 13th. The cost is $375 for those wishing to own the rudder they will build and $175 for those who just want the experience of working on a rudder. All workshops occur in the Mexico, Missouri factory and include factory tours, demo flights and meals.
“People come for a wide range of reasons,” said Sebastien Heinz, President of Zenith. “They all leave knowing they’ve learned something, accomplished something and had fun doing it. Some of them will never build an airplane, some will build someone else’s design and many will leave a deposit behind for one of our complete kits.”
During the workshops, the builders are exposed to
- Reading and understanding blueprints (plans & manuals)
- Principles of sheet-metal construction
- The advantages of working with sheet-metal
- Metal aircraft building and assembly techniques and tips
- Measuring, drilling and riveting (assembling the Zenair kit)
- Tools, workshop and skills required to build an all-metal aircraft
- Hints and short-cuts in assembling a kit
- Metal kit aircraft maintenance and corrosion protection
The workshops are open to anyone, however space is limited and they do tend to fill up, according to company officials.
For more information: Zenithair.com