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Zenith Welcomes Hundreds to 20th Anniversary Celebration

Hightower holds Grassroots Pilot Tour, safety seminar

Zenith Open House
Attendees gathered for a group photo at the Zenith Open Hangar Day September 22.

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September 27, 2012 - 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 last weekend at the company's headquarters in Mexico, Missouri. Picture-perfect weather helped draw upward of 400 attendees and more than 40 Zenith aircraft and others.

"We always enjoy the open hangar day," commented Zenith President Sebastien Heintz. "It gives us a chance to keep in touch with our members. Twenty years is a long time for a company, especially in aviation, and we receive great support from our customers."

Attendees attended seminars and hands-on workshops and were also able to meet face to face with several participating vendors.

EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and Chad Jensen, EAA vice president of communities, were active participants, with Hightower conducting a Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation at the Friday evening 20th anniversary banquet, then being joined on Saturday morning by Jensen at EAA's standing-room-only E-AB safety seminar.

"EAA enjoyed participating in this celebration," Hightower said, noting that more than 200 aviators and their families attended the Friday banquet. "We had a lot of fun, shared a great dialogue and education, and agreed that creating the next generation of aviators is a priority for sustaining aviation."

At the safety seminar, several attendees said it was the best safety seminar they have ever attended. "Most gratifying was seeing the changing mindset of the participants toward making the first flight in their recently completed homebuilt aircraft," Hightower said. "That old saying of, 'We don't know what we don't know,' comes to mind when understanding the E-AB accident main causes. When 'don't know' is replaced with the right information and best practices, good things will surely happen in keeping ourselves and our families safe as possible while flying."

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