Zenith Aircraft Co.’s annual Open Hangar Day event, held Sept. 18-19 at the company’s factory at the Mexico Airport in Missouri, attracted about 300 visitors, mostly existing builders and owners, as well as some new potential customers, from around the country.
According to Sebastien Heintz, Zenith president, 65 planes flew in for the 18th annual Open Hangar Day event.
Starting on Friday afternoon, the copmany hosted several hands-on workshops and seminars for kit builders and pilots of Zenith aircraft kit planes. More than 100 Zenith customers and employees gathered for an outdoor “Builders Banquet” buffet on Friday evening. On Saturday, several hundred visitors shared stories about building and flying their aircraft, visited the factory, and attended seminars and workshops. Local EAA chapter 1225 served a complimentary BBQ lunch (and raised over $800 in scholarship money in the process!), according to Zenith officials.
This year, Zenith also invited various suppliers of special interest to builders and pilot of Zenith aircraft kits to show their products and to educate builders on how to properly use and install them. On hand at the event were: Dynon Avionics (Kirk Kleinholz and Mike Huff from the factory attended); Jabiru USA (Pete Krotje attended with a Jabiru 3300 engine); Garmin (Tim Casey, Garmin’s sales manager for portables, LSA, and Experimental Aviation Markets, attended with a new GSX flight deck system); William Wynne of FlyCorvair.com; Gus Warren with a ULpower engine; Scott Wicks of Wicks Aircraft; Jon Croke of HomebuiltHelp.com, and more.
For more information: ZenithAir.com