Zenith Aircraft’s Hands-On Kit Building Workshop: February 18th & 19th

$150.00$485.00

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.

Select the Workshop and Aircraft model from the list and select the Program you would like to participant in.  Workshop participants (Program 1 only) may bring along up to two guests or family members at no additional cost. We also offer a dinner for additional $20 per guest which is optional if you would like to join us for dinner.

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Zenith Aircraft’s Hands-On Kit Building Workshop: February 18th & 19th

Attending Zenith Aircraft’s famous hands-on workshop at the kit aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri, is the easiest way to get started on your very own airplane! Plan now to join us at an upcoming workshop.

The factory workshops have become popular with sport aviation enthusiasts, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in building their own Zenith Aircraft kit plane. Participants get to actually start assembling kit parts under the direction and guidance of factory professionals, and “graduate” from the workshop upon completing construction of their own aircraft rudder tail section.

Zenith Aircraft’s hands-on workshops are designed primarily for first-time kit airplane builders and have become popular with sport aviation enthusiasts who are considering to build their own aircraft and are unsure if they have the required skills, workspace and tools. During the workshop each participant builds and assembles their own Zenith aircraft rudder tail section from a standard Zenith kit. In the process of building the rudder assembly, participants tackle many activities including learning how to read drawings (blueprints) and work with assembly instructions (manuals) under the expert guidance of factory staff. They learn the procedures for putting together an aircraft assembly, including drilling and blind riveting. In the end, they have an assembled rudder that is ready to install on a Zenith kit airplane.

“The rest of the kit is constructed the same way as the rudder, using the same tools,” said Zenith Aircraft’s Sebastien Heintz. “Participants get far more out of the workshop than just a finished aircraft rudder: they go home with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to build their own airplane. Most importantly, they learn that kit building is enjoyable and something that can engage the whole family. Many of our prospective builders bring their spouses or other family member, who often encourage them to move forward with the rest of the kit. With modern technology, such as final hole size CNC match drilled parts, and good instructions, aircraft construction has become much easier than most people think.”

Participating at the hands-on workshop is an excellent way to learn about building your own (amateur-built) kit airplane and about the many advantages of owning and flying an airplane that you’ve built yourself. For many, building an aircraft is a very rewarding experience, and today’s modern kits make it easier and quicker to build than even before.

The in-person factory workshop makes an excellent getaway for you and your spouse or a friend! Spend a couple of days at the Zenith Aircraft factory and meet with fellow aviation enthusiasts – all while gaining valuable hands-on building skills. A demo flight is part of the factory workshop experience in a Zenith factory demo airplane!

There are two popular workshop programs to choose from:

  • PROGRAM 1 (standard) – 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.
  • PROGRAM 2 – This low cost 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.

Details about the Zenith Aircraft factory workshop: http://www.zenithair.net/builder-workshops/

Additional information

Workshop & Aircraft Model

CH750 Cruzer Rudder Kit: Factory Workshop: $375.00, CH750 Super Duty Rudder Kit: Factory Workshop: $425.00, STOL CH750 Rudder Kit: Factory Workshop: $375.00, STOL CH701 Rudder Kit: Factory Workshop: $375.00, CH 650 Rudder Kit: Factory Workshop: $375.00, Zenith High-Wing Workshop (No Rudder Kit: Program 2), Zenith Low-Wing Series Workshop (No Rudder Kit: Program 2)

Guests

No Guests- Program 2, No Guests, One Guest/Family Member, Two Guests/Family Member

Dinner per person

0, 1, 2, 3

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