Plane-Crafters has introduced the Two Week Wonder program, an accelerated plane-building experience for owners and pilots who want to complete a new Zenith aircraft in record time.
Designed for busy people, the new Build-Center offers pilots the opportunity to assemble and taxi their own self-built sport aircraft after just two weeks of workshop time.
“We know and have demonstrated that Zenith kits are quick and easy to build,” says Matt Heintz, Zenair CEO and son of light aircraft designer Chris Heintz, “so we are not surprised that Plane-Crafters is basing its Two-Week-Wonder programs on our popular two-seat Zodiac and STOL designs.”
The two-week programs at Plane-Crafters put the owner-builder in charge of the assembly process, but surrounds him with several experienced hands-on assistants at all times. This removes time-consuming hesitations and guess-work from the process, according to company officials.
By the end of the program, the engine is fired up and the owner can taxi the completed plane onto the adjacent taxiway. The aircraft can then be taken home for paint, cabin interior and final paperwork in preparation for the first flight.
Completed aircraft can be operated in the Experimental/Amateur-Built (E-AB) category once final inspection and registration has been completed.
Three different Zenith Aircraft models can be assembled through this program: The CH 750 STOL and CRUZER models, as well as the low-wing Zodiac CH 650. A variety of engine choices are possible, as well as a customized panel.
Price for an aircraft built through the Plane-Crafters program will vary depending on engine, avionics and installed options, but most will be within the $100,000 range, company officials note.
To promote the program, Zenith is offering a $10,000 discount on advanced avionics packages.