MEXICO, Mo. — Hundreds of people showed up on Friday, Sept. 19, for the pre-Hangar Day activities and hundreds more came on Saturday for demo flights, factory tours and encounters with Zenith Aircraft kit builders, factory personnel, and the curious.
MEXICO, Mo. — Zenith Aircraft Co. has now shipped 10,000 sets of plans to aircraft builders in over 50 countries. Most sets of plans are sent with complete or partial aircraft kits, though some go to builders who prefer to scratch-build the aircraft, company officials said.
Zenith Aircraft has begun shipping kits for its newest model, the CH 750 Cruzer.
Kit builder Zenith Aircraft is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
“My Dad had a career in the Air Force. I was born on an Air Force base,” says the 48-year-old St. Louis resident. “I was always around airplanes.”
Garrett grew up to become an aeronautical engineer. When he was in his 20s he decided to pursue a private pilot’s license.
“I earned my license in 1983,” he recalls. “I flew recreationally, so building my hours was a slow process because I have a day job. It took me a long time just to get 100 hours.”
Around 1987 Garrett began to experience numbness on one side of his body. A doctor diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic neurological disease with no cure. He was just 27.