PREVIEW: 2012 EAA AirVenture "Oshkosh" Fly-In Convention: July 23 - 29

We're ready for our next big adventure at "AirVenture!  - Here is a summary of some of the planned Zenith activitiesWe hope you can join us!
I'll be updating this page as I receive new information.

Zenith Builder Banquet: Organized expertly once again by Zenith builder and Oshkosh resident Joe Scheibinger, we're already looking forward to a great evening:

It's time to make plans to attend the Zenith Builder's Banquet for 2012. The Zenith Banquet will be held once again at Robbins restaurant in Oshkosh, on Thursday, July 26th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.  Wally at Robbins has been proud to have the opportunity to serve the builders of Zenith aircraft at Oshkosh for many, many years.

The menu will be incredible as usual: Slow roasted prime rib, smoked BBQ ribs, herb baked chicken, Grouper with lemon butter sauce, and all the extras that make Robbins one of the finest supper clubs in Oshkosh.  Join us early for cocktails before dinner.

The price of the banquet will be $20 per person. RVSP at the Zenith booth by Thursday noon.  Space is limited and we've filled up the banquet room the past few years so please be sure to RSVP. Note that there is some major road construction in Oshkosh at the present time and the Highway 21 exit for Robbins may be closed. If you stop by the Zenith exhibit at Oshkosh, you can pick up a brochure with the directions for Robbins along with banquet information, and the bus times and route for the Oshkosh transit system showing the Oshkosh downtown and college dorm area.

For more information, you can E-mail Joe Scheibinger:
Let us know if there's anything specific you'd like added or included in the program for the evening.

Zenith Display:  Come see us (and the airplanes!) in our regular location in the North Aircraft Display area, #640 and 641.  In addition to our Zenith CH 650 and STOL CH 750 factory demo aircraft, we'll have a number of engines on display (from UL Power and Jabiru, and possibly others) as well as light aircraft floats, and we plan to truck up a quick-build kit fuselage assembly for display.


Forum Schedule:  We have busy Forum Schedule where we'll be sharing information on our light aircraft designs, kit construction, floats. and more.  Here's the current schedule of Forums. (Check the official program as the schedule is subject to change).


"Engine Day" at the Zenith Booth:  Thursday, July 26, starting at 10 am.  This is our first official "engine day" at AirVenture - to allow you to see the many different available engines to power your Zenith.  We've invited all engine manufacturers to participate and to show  their engines, and to allow you to speak directly with the manufacturer (or their representative) to ask technical questions about installing and operating their engine in the Zenith (as display space will be somewhat limited, we're concentrating on engines for our two-seaters - 65 to 150 hp:STOL CH 701, and the Zenith CH 650 / CH 750 aircraft).   Zenith is one of few kit aircraft manufacturers to offer many engine choices to builders, and dozens of different engine types can be found powering Zeniths around the world.  New engines and new technology have the potential to increase efficiency and reliability, while also lowering costs and complexity.  We're hosting this event to allow builders to make the best informed choice in selecting an engine to power their light aircraft, and to promote and encourage new power technology. View engine video clip from Sebring.
Confirmed participants: FlyCorvair, Jabiru, Revmaster, Rotax, UL Power, Viking (we haven't heard yet from Continental, Lycoming, and others...)  Read more...


Homebuilders Hangar:  The EAA Homebuilders Hangar will be busy with Zenith activities throughout the week.  Located in the old NASA building (in the Homebuilt Area), there will be a number of Homebuilts in Review sessions in the hangar, starting on Monday at 1 pm with a Turbine STOL CH 701 project:

"Scott Ehni is bringing his scratch-built, turbine-powered Zenith 701 aircraft. The plane is powered by a modified JFS100-13 motor, which was originally used as a starter motor for an A-7 Corsair. The only thing not homebuilt on this aircraft is the tires.

"The hand-blown windshield and door glass, 40-gallon wet wing tanks, and flush riveted construction on this modified Zenith were all techniques used to help streamline the plane and reduce the required fuel flow at cruise speed. Ehni and his building team did all paint, upholstery, and testing in-house."


Hands-On Kit Building Workshop: During the week inside the Homebuilders HangarAviators by Design will be leading young teens in the assembly of a a STOL CH 750 kit. The goal of the project is not to complete the kit aircraft during the week, but maybe more importantly, the goal is to get kids and adults involved in building an airplane. Led by Jerry Graf, this will be a learning educational process that puts emphasis on developing S.T.E.M. (Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Math) skills and exposing newcomers to the unique and rewarding hobby of "homebuilt" aircraft.  This is a great opportunity to observe and participate: Come and spend time during the week with this project in the Homebuilders Hangar, whether to share your skills and experience, or to pick up some new ones... (Click here for more details on this)

There will also be two Zenith Homebuilts in Review seminars in the Homebuilder's Hangar:  Come and learn about the low-wing Zenith CH 650 on Tuesday, July 24, at 4:00 pm, and come learn about the unique high-lift STOL CH 750 on Friday, July 27, at 10:00 am

Our friends from Africa will be attending AirVenture once again, and they've promised to spend time at the Zenith booth (and in the Homebuilder's Hangar) to share some of their amazing building and flying experiences. Jonathan Porter heads Medicine on the Move and WAASPS in rural Ghana in western Africa, teaching young African women to build and fly aircraft, using them in innovative ways to change lives "one flight at at time."  Pilot and mechanic Patricia, which many of you met last year at AirVenture, will be joined by handicapped pilot Lydia, along with Porter.  The three are an inspiration to many of us, and a testament of how building and flying light airplanes can empower individuals... even in remote parts of Africa!


Don't forget to take a look at our great new shirts and hats available for purchase!  These are exclusive "20th anniversary 1992 - 2012" Zenith Aircraft Company shirts, available in new colors and styles:

Flying-In:  If you're flying in, we invite you to park your Zenith in the reserved Zenith row in the homebuilt aircraft area. Click here for details on aircraft parking in the homebuilt area (Thanks Joe for the updated info!) 

More info about attending AirVenture: Check out the EAA AirVenture website, which has tons of information and resources.


Here are a few links to some past years' AirVentures:


We're looking forward to another fun week in Oshkosh and to meeting with both new and old Zenith builders and enthusiasts!

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Comment by Zenith.Aero on August 2, 2012 at 3:29pm

Click here for the AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Follow-Up Report with videos and photos...

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Roger's flight into Oshkosh video clip:

Comment by Tim Garrett on July 18, 2012 at 5:52pm
See you in a few days!
Comment by Jonathan Porter on July 12, 2012 at 1:05pm

We are so excited at being with you all again - Greetz to all of the Zenith Family!

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