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.
Zenith Aircraft’s sixth annual “Fly in to Summer” Open Hangar Day and Fly-In Gathering at its kit factory at Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ) in Missouri is slated for this Saturday, June 22.
Hundreds of people from all over the country and from as far away as Australia attended the Zenith Open Hangar Day and 20th Anniversary celebration held the weekend of Sept. 22 at the company’s headquarters in Mexico, Missouri. According to a post at EAA.org, picture-perfect weather helped draw upward of 400 attendees and more than 40 Zenith aircraft and others.
Introduced at this year’s Sun’n Fun was Zenith Aircraft Co.’s bigger Zenith STOL CH 750 light sport utility kit aircraft. The STOL CH 750 cabin has been increased in size by raising the cabin height by nearly 3 inches (or 70 mm.)
The fuselage is together, the panel in place, the primer on the airframe. Now comes the daunting task of choosing the final color for that airplane you built yourself. Sometimes, the airplane will tell you what color to paint it, notes Mark Swalley of Gig Harbor, Wash.
Swalley has a green Zenith CH 701 SP that bears a distinct resemblance to a grasshopper or cricket — so much so that there is an image of Disney’s Jiminy Cricket on the fuselage.