If you’ve always dreamed of building your own airplane, but aren’t sure that you have the required skills, Zenith Aircraft Company will provide you with the opportunity to learn all about building your own Zenith Aircraft kit at one of its factory workshops, where you can actually start building your own airplane. With an emphasis on gaining hands-on building experience, the informal workshops are coordinated by Zenith Aircraft staff and held right in the factory. Small group sizes make the workshops very productive and educational.
“When you get your design choices down to a few, please cash in your airline rewards and go for a visit. It’s the only way to know if you’ll like the company as much as you like the airplane.”- Marc Cook’s Around the Patch editorial: “Starting at the back.” Kitplanes magazine
During the educational workshop you can start building your own Zenith aircraft (the rudder tail section of the CH 650, STOL CH 701, STOL CH 750, CH 750 Cruzer or CH 750 Super Duty), and learn about:
– Principles of sheet-metal construction
– The advantages of working with sheet-metal (vs. other materials)
– Metal aircraft building and assembly techniques and tips
– Measuring, drilling and riveting (assembling the Zenair kit)
– Tools, workshop and skills required to build your all-metal aircraft
– Hints and short-cuts in assembling a kit
– Metal kit aircraft maintenance and corrosion protection
– The advantages of building, owning and flying a Zenair aircraft
– and much more…
Click here to view the Zenith CH 650 Rudder Assembly Manual.
Come prepared to work and experience first-hand how you can build your own kit airplane! You don’t need any experience, skills or tools to attend. Zenith Aircraft Co.’s factory workshop is structured as an informal “hands-on” workshop, to allow participants to gain introductory hands-on building experience using standard kit parts, drawings and manuals, and basic sheet-metal tools.
The factory workshop makes an excellent getaway for you and your spouse: Spend a couple of days at the Zenith Aircraft factory and meet with fellow aviation enthusiasts – all while gaining valuable hands-on building skills. Demo flights in factory demonstrator aircraft can also be scheduled during the workshop.
Sample Workshop Schedule:
|8:00am – 9:00am||Registration / Sign-In in the Office. Coffee and donuts.|
|9:00am||Brief Introduction and start of rudder kit assembly|
|11:30am – 12:00pm||Guided factory tour|
|1:00pm||Resume rudder kit assembly|
|4:30pm – 5:00pm||Informal group question and answer session.|
|6:00pm||Group dinner (optional / casual dress).|
Builder Workshop Program Options
PROGRAM 1 – This highly recommended program actually gets you started on your own kit aircraft. Build the complete rudder tail section of the Zenith kit aircraft of your choice. Following the detailed instructions from the Drawings and Manuals, you assemble (drill & rivet) the complete rudder section, under the guidance of factory personnel. You get to keep the rudder, and can apply the cost of this program toward purchasing the remainder of the full kit. COST: $375 (plus 7.6% sales tax for Missouri Residents)
PROGRAM 2 – This very affordable program lets you learn about and experience sheet-metal construction, without assembling your own rudder tail section. You work together with a participant of Program 1. This program runs both days but the last day is optional. COST: $150 (plus 7.6% sales tax for Missouri Residents)
To register for a workshop, click here.
Workshop Locations and Visiting the Factory
Click here for details on visiting the factory and local accommodations.
What better way to learn more about Zenith Aircraft Company’s kit planes than by actually visiting the factory where the kits are made? Factory demonstrator kit aircraft are available for demonstration flights to potential builders and scheduled factory workshops allow potential builders to gain hands-on experience in building a kit aircraft. Demo flights are available strictly by appointment, weather permitting, and are to demonstrate to potential builders the normal operating envelope and characteristics of the aircraft.
Safety at the Zenith Factory and Builder Workshops
Children under 16 years of age are not permitted in the factory area unless under direct adult supervision. The factory is not a safe play area for children. While in the factory and while working on the rudder kit, please use good common-sense safety practices: Wear the supplied eye protection, and use caution with power tools and around sharp objects. We also highly recommended proper shoes (for in the shop and for the demo flight), and clothing suitable for a “shop” environment.