February 27, 2014 - Zenith Aircraft Company announced recently it has now sent 10,000 sets of plans to aircraft builders in over 50 countries. While most plans accompany complete or partial aircraft kits, some go to scratch builders.
Building on the legacy of Chris Heintz, who over the past 40 years developed a dozen aircraft designs, Zenith currently markets kits the original STOL CH 701 Sky Jeep, the STOL CH 750, the CH 750 Cruzer, and the low-wing CH 650. Additional Heintz designs are built and sold by Zenith's sister company: Zenair Ltd, in Canada.
"We allow our customers to choose how to build their own airplane, whether as a scratch-build project or from a complete kit or anywhere in between," said Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft. "It's not uncommon to see people begin with basic materials and then upgrade to a quick build kit; others might start with a quick build rudder kit and then order basic materials for a scratchbuild program because they enjoy the construction process. By far, however, most opt for the complete kits so they can get to the flightline faster."
Detailed plans for the two-seat Zenith Aircraft designs start at $425 a set. Richly illustrated, the sets contain step-by-step guides with all the information needed to build a complete airplane. The company also holds monthly workshops at its Mexico, Missouri, headquarters to give people an idea of the kinds of tools and skills required to build a Zenith design.
This summer EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the One Week Wonder project during AirVenture - building an entire Zenith CH 750.