Michael Heintz's Blog (16)

A NEW, BIGGER STOL CH 801 (re-posted from the CH 801 Forum)

Based on the success of the STOL CH 801-HD as a commercial spray plane (a.k.a. the CH-8000), Zenair has quietly been working on an even larger and more capable STOL aircraft than the currently available HD model. Among other modifications, this new CH 801-EX has 4 feet of…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 7, 2017 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Engines and FWF for your Zenith!

Reminder to all Zenith Builders: Zenair offers a wide range of Firewall Forward Packages (FWF) for a variety of different engines for the CH series of kitplanes. These include full packages, individual components as well as engine-related options. For full details, visit: http://zenair.weebly.com/firewall-forward-packages.html.

Also available to…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 16, 2015 at 8:32am — No Comments

More Pictures of Zenair's 40th Anniversary Fly-in

Last Saturday was Zenair's 40th Anniversary Fly-in and Open House, with special guest Chris Heintz, Zenair founder and designer of the CH series of kit aircraft. View photos and details on the event! 

Added by Michael Heintz on July 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Zenair Open House - Nice turn-out of people and planes!

The annual Zenair Open House and Fly-in took place at Huronia Airport on Saturday July 6, 2013. The weather was perfect all day, with many pilots attending from far and wide. Nine Zenair designs were on hand including the new Zenair…

Added by Michael Heintz on July 9, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Zenair at Aero-Friedrichshafen in Germany

The show last month was a great success as we celebrated a new beginning for Zenair in Europe. On display was the first new and much-anticipated factory-assembled and Italian-built light-weight CH 650Ei (European ultralight category)!

Designer Chris Heintz was present as well as production personnel from ICP - and regional distributors from nine different European countries!…


Added by Michael Heintz on May 6, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Family Project Wraps-up at the Factory - Day 5

This is a continuation (See the previous post for Day Four)


Day #5: Zenair’s “Wing-Building Program” provides builders an opportunity to…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 9, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Family Project Continues at the Factory - Day 4

This is a continuation (See the previous post for Day Three)


Day #4: Picking up from the previous day’s work, Barry continued with the fuel tank installation. First he cut strips of cork and then he stuck them wherever needed all around the tank. The purpose of the cork is to secure the tank snugly in its place, ensuring it cannot come into contact…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 8, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Family Project Continues at the Factory - Day 3

This is a continuation (See the first post for Day One and Two)

Day #3: First job on Wednesday morning was drilling through all the pilot holes on the main wing. Generous use of clecos ensured…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 7, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Family Project Starts Right at the Factory - Day 1 & 2

Yesterday morning (Monday), Lon Boehme, his brother Val and his son Barry pulled in at the Zenair factory in Midland with their 12 ft. trailer in tow. They had just spent the weekend driving in from Alberta (34 hours!) for a promising week: a Wing-building program, a rudder workshop, and a trip home six days later with a partially assembled STOL CH 750 airframe kit in the back! Here is a short running summary of the experience...…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 6, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

New On-line Parts Catalogs

In Europe where most owners of a Zenair design acquired their aircraft "ready-to-fly", pilots and mechanics seldom have access to the original drawings for maintenance and repairs. Not having exact part-numbers can often cause confusion and frustrations when attempting to order replacement parts.…


Added by Michael Heintz on December 7, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

BLOIS CELEBRATES ITS 30th YEAR - Zenair owners fly in... (40+!!!)

ULM EVENT (France) - September 4-5, 2010

This event is the largest annual ultralight gathering of the year in France. With well over 100 exhibitors and close to one thousand ultralights in attendance, it is one of Europe's finest. Great weather helped make this year's show another great success; Zenairs were flown in from as far away as the UK, Austria and Italy.…


Added by Michael Heintz on September 11, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Tour de France: ULM-style!

Every year in France, just a few weeks after the massive (and grueling) bicycle-world event, another tour takes place which is much more gentle, low-key, and more fun for us ultralight pilots: le Tour ULM. Organized by the national ultralight association (FFPLUM), this year’s tour included 150 ultralights of every shape, size and make.…


Added by Michael Heintz on August 9, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Zenair makes an impression at Euro Fly-in (July 14-18).

Organizers of Euro Fly-in have big plans for this event in the future: Most EAAers will recognize the source of this inspiration - the control tower banner (below) is just one example……


Added by Michael Heintz on July 20, 2010 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

ZENAIR EVENT REPORT: June 19-20, 2010

A Father’s Day get-together in France:

A significant number of Zenair owners had planned to attend this event, unfortunately the weather remained marginal all weekend, with low ceilings and scattered… Continue

Added by Michael Heintz on June 21, 2010 at 4:00am — 8 Comments

A "Zenair" week-end in Italy!

A number of Zenith Fly-ins have been scheduled across Europe this summer by some of the more active Zenair representatives in this part of the world. You can sign-in to the European Group for more pictures and details from… Continue

Added by Michael Heintz on June 14, 2010 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Zenair in Spain and at AeroSport 2010

AeroSport is one of the major annual fly-ins in Spain for recreational sport aircraft and ultralights. The event took place last weekend in spite of precarious weather and volcanic ash that kept airline traffic grounded over most of the country. Many light planes still flew in to AeroSport in Iguadala/Barcelona, including a dozen Zodiac models (CH 601 HD, HDS, XL and a CH 640). Both Zenair representatives for Spain had a display… Continue

Added by Michael Heintz on May 11, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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