Zenith slates factory workshops


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.

zenith“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

Lancair Landing scheduled


LOBO  — the Lancair Owners and Builders Organization — has again partnered with Lancair International Inc. to organize the third annual LOBO/Lancair Landing. Scheduled for Oct. 4-6 at the Hilton Greenville in Greenville, S.C., the educational event will be preceded by LOBO’s Ground School on Oct. 3.

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Love at first sight, before first flight

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Retiring often means down-sizing your life. You move out of the four-bedroom house into a two-bedroom condo because now that the kids are grown and gone, you no longer need all that room. Down-sizing also applies to airplane ownership.

Karen Smith of Bancroft, Ontario, Canada, who recently retired after 34 years in the aerial photography business, decided it was time to trade in the Cessna 180 that had been her photography platform for all those years for a more economical airplane. It was not an easy decision. “I thought selling the Cessna 180 would be like selling my own grandmother,” she said. [Read more…]

For Lancair International, the future is PT6-powered


For Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture was an especially ideal venue to showcase the iconic PT6 engine, celebrating its 50th anniversary. For both P&WC and the aviation community, it’s an occasion to look back on 50 years of turboprop innovation. Meanwhile, at Lancair International, it’s an occasion to look forward.

The Oregon-based kit aircraft manufacturer signed a five-year contract with P&WC, covering the sale of new PT6A-135A engines for installation on the Evolution aircraft.

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