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Thank you to everyone who visited and participated at the 2023 Zenith Homecoming / Open Hangar Days & Fly-In,
making this 32nd annual event the best one yet!
You're invited to the 2023 Zenith Homecoming / Open Hangar Days and Fly-In on September 15 & 16, 2023 in Mexico, Missouri. [Last updated: 9/12/23]
This will be our 32nd annual event at the kit aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri!
Plan now to join us at the Zenith HOMECOMING OPEN HANGAR DAYS and Builder Fly-In on both Friday and Saturday, September 15 & 16, 2023.
As in past years, we are planning educational and fun (including flying) activities over two full days at the factory at Mexico Memorial Airport (KMYJ) Fly-in or drive in for the activities! Note: if you are planning to attend for only one day, we recommend Saturday as the best day to visit.
Check out the video below summarizing last's year's event:
We'll have numerous activities for both builders and pilots of Zenith kit planes (as well as all aviation enthusiasts) starting on Friday morning. There will be new seminars and workshops (see below), and a Zenith "banquet" bbq dinner on Friday evening, and a fried-chicken dinner late Saturday afternoon right at the factory!
All indications are that we'll have a great turnout this year once again.
Please bring your own portable folding chair(s).
The free seminars and workshops presented at the Zenith Homecoming are a great way to learn about Zenith Aircraft and all of the options to choose from when building and finishing your own airplane. Plan to attend all day Friday for the seminars, especially if you're a Zenith builder or flyer (or planning to become one). If you've already built your Zenith airplane, consider participating on one of the panel discussions or hosting your own seminar (focusing on a specific topic of interest to fellow builders and flyers).
2023 Zenith Aircraft Homecoming: Schedule of Events (Last updated 9/12/23. Times and topics subject to change):
Friday, September 15 at Mexico Memorial Airport
7:00 am - Coffee Bar by K&S Aviation Services (Zenith transition training): coffee, tea, and all of the fixings
7:30 – 9:00 am Pancake breakfast, prepared by EAA Chapter 944, compliments of Wheels and Wings (professional builder assistance by Herman Eshuis)
Seminars and workshops. Starting at 9 am. Download and view the events schedule (subject to change and revision without notice).
5:00 - 7:30 pm (or later) Zenith Builders Banquet Dinner: Informal BBQ buffet dinner (served by Pig Up & Go) gathering of Zenith enthusiasts, builders & pilots on the ramp in front of the Zenith Aircraft factory, starting around 5:00 pm. Cash bar opens around 4:30 pm. Updates from Zenith (with special guests) presented after dinner. Awesome door prizes, and more! Purchase your dinner tickets online or in the Zenith office. Stay for after-dinner music and camaraderie!
Saturday, September 16 at Mexico Airport (Tentative Schedule. Times and topics subject to change)
The Saturday events at the Zenith factory include self-guilded Zenith factory tours, hands-on building projects inside the factory, Zenith aircraft on display in the air and on the ground, great food, and fun contests for our visitors to enjoy, along with educational seminars throughout the day. Stay for the late afternoon fried chicken dinner and awards ceremony starting a 4:00pm. Note that some of the presentations on Saturday are repeat seminars from Friday. This allows visitors to sit in on presentations even if they are scheduled at the same time as other presentation.
7:00 am - Coffee Bar by K&S Aviation Services (Zenith transition training): coffee, tea, and all of the fixings
7:30 – 9:00 am Pancake breakfast, prepared by EAA Chapter 944, KITPLANES magazine and AVEMCO aviation insurance
Seminars, workshops, and activities.
4:00 - 6:00 pm (or later!)
The banquet dinner will include special presentations, and there will be some fantastic door prizes from our valued sponsors and vendors! Purchase your dinner tickets now
On the ramp at Zenith Aircraft company and Mexico Memorial Airport
Zenith builders and owners: Fly in with your Zenith aircraft and show off your plane in the new Zenith Aircraft Show (like a car show, but with airplanes) and be judged by the public and experienced builders. All Zenith aircraft are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Aircraft Show, even if your plane is older and not polished!
The Open Hangar Days event presents the opportunity for visitors to tour the Zenith Aircraft factory, meet the Zenith staff, and to socialize (safely, of course, during this ongoing pandemic) with fellow pilots, builders, and aviation enthusiasts. Join us both days for educational seminars (see below) on building and flying your own airplane, plus learn all about the latest avionics and engine technology from several vendors at the event.
We'll have some great informal seminars from actual Zenith builders and pilots, including:
Are you attending the Zenith Homecoming and have an interesting story to share with fellow builders and flyers (about anything building and/or flying related). Let us know and we'll try to accommodate you at the Homecoming!
Summary of Seminars: Here's an overview summary of the scheduled seminars - see the schedule for event details, times and location.
The Saturday events at the Zenith factory include tours of the Zenith factory, hands-on building projects, Zenith airplanes on display in the air and on the ground, great food, and fun contests for our visitors to enjoy, along with educational seminars throughout the day.
Saturday Events: See the schedule (above) for actual times and seminar details (Subject to change and revision).
We invite and encourage all Zenith builders, owners, pilots, and enthusiasts to come out! Learn more about building, flying and maintaining your Zenith aircraft, and meet with fellow builders and flyers. Owners of completed Zenith Aircraft are encouraged to fly-in for the activities and to show off their completed project to fellow builders (we will provide tie-down space and help facilitate ground transportation if possible).
Mexico's airport (KMYJ) offers 24-hr self serve fuel at competitive prices (including MOGAS), and has a terminal building with 24 hour access to the pilot lounge (with showers and internet access!). Let us know of any special needs or requirements.
Zenith owners: Please park your airplane as close to the Zenith factory as possible (on the Zenith ramp) on Saturday. Visitors come to see Zenith aircraft so make sure your aircraft can be found! We'll try to position and group all Zeniths in front of the factory for the group photo at 10:50 am. Please bring yourself a portable folding (lawn) chair. (Note that non-Zenith aircraft are welcome to fly in to the event but please park non-Zenith aircraft on the North end of the airport ramp parking area). Non Zenith aircraft types are invited to fly in for the events, but please park you aircraft on the north side of the main airport ramp area (well north of the fuel pumps) to allow space for Zeniths on the south side.
If flying in with your own aircraft, please bring your own aircraft tie-downs, especially if staying overnight.
There is no charge to attend the Open Hangar Day or any seminars or activities, with the exception of the Friday dinner at the Zenith factory.
Note to builders: You can arrange to pick-up parts and kits at the Open Hangar Day if the parts have been ordered, paid for and confirmed prior to the Open Hangar Day.
We can help you to carpool if you are flying in and need a ride to and from a local hotel.
Camping at the event: There will be free camping available.
Tent camping with your plane or car is available, or set up your camper in the designated camp area (north side of airport, by the entrance).
There's also a public campground at scenic Lakeview Park a few miles away in the city of Mexico.
We'll be pleased to be offering the Zenith Homecoming t-shirt at the event. Be sure to pick one up there or order one now (quantities are limited!)
Thanks to all our fabulous partners and sponsors who continue to support the Zenith Homecoming year after year:
Zenith Open Hangar Days Participants and Sponsors (subject to change and updates. This list is from last year).
Aircraft Spruce and Specialty is a long time supporter and sponsor of the Zenith Homecoming events. Aircraft Spruce and Specialty is the leading aviation, aircraft, and pilot supply house in the world.
Charlie Becker, a director at EAA, will participate to share the latest from EAA, including updates on FAA rules and regulations affecting homebuilders and sport and recreational pilots, as well as info on EAA's available resources to help builders, owners and pilots of amateur-built aircraft, including the technical advisor and flight advisor programs.
Garmin International Inc. will be on hand to show the new Zenith CH 750 / CH 650 Avionics Package featuring Garmin G3X Touch Experimental/LSA Avionics. Brad Brensing from Garmin will demonstrate the equipment and capabilities included in the new Garmin package being offered through Zenith. Garmin will be donating fantastic prizes once again.
Kitplanes magazine will participate to share information about Kitplanes magazine, the leading how-to homebuilt aircraft magazine, and will donate, together with Avemco Aviation Insurance, the free breakfast on Saturday morning!
Corvair Engine guru William Wynne of FlyCorvair.com will attend to show the affordable Corvair auto conversion installation popular on many Zeniths.
UL Power will be on hand to represent the new generation of light aircraft engines. The UL Power aircraft engines are direct-drive air-cooled lightweight engines featuring full FADEC technology (with fuel injection and electronic ignition). Meet with Robert Helms, the "UL Power" guy to learn more about this popular line of engines.
AeroLEDs offer state-of-the art lighting systems for light aircraft with the latest LED lighting technology, including nav/strobe lights and landing lights for light aircraft. AeroLED donates fantastic door prizes!
Avilution will be represented by Justin Tisdale (SkyTron Aviation), a STOL CH 750 builder/pilot. Learn about affordable innovations from Avilution, maker of the Un-Panel display (seen in the STOL CH 750 Super Duty).
DUC Propellers is attending the Zenith Homecoming, represented by Gaetan Fouozing, who heads US Sales for the maker carbon composite aircraft propellers.
Viking Aircraft Engines produces a low-cost Honda-based light aircraft engine, and offers complete firewall-forward packages of the engine for installation in Zeniths. Jan and Alissa from Viking are returning to the Zenith Homecoming, flying from Florida in their Viking-powered STOL CH 750 Super Duty. Learn all about the Honda-based Viking engines, popular with many Zenith aircraft builders and owners. Jan will be demonstrating his STOL CH 750 Super Duty both the on ground and in the air, and will offer demo flights!
Citizens Bank will be participating at the Homecoming for the first time. The small town bank offers competitive financing tailored specifically to Zenith kit builders, and will be offering great prizes!
Avemco Insurance Company will be participating at the Zenith event by co-sponsoring, with KITPLANES magazine, pancake breakfast on Saturday morning: Come early for a free breakfast with the airplanes in front of the Zenith kit aircraft factory! Avemco is the only direct writer of aircraft insurance, connecting you directly with an underwriter who is empowered to solve problems and approve coverage instantly instead of a middleman who simply passes your request on to somebody else.
Dynon Avionics will demonstrate its new glass panel display systems, and is donating some fantastic prizes to be awarded during the Zenith Homecoming!
Wheels & Wings (from north-central Florida) offers professional builder assistance services. Meet with Herman to learn more about the services of Wheels and Wings and how they can help you complete your Zenith kit project.
Sensenich aircraft propellers has generously donated prizes to be awarded during the Zenith Homecoming and is supporting the Open Hangar Days and Fly-In with a donation.
EarthX is an American manufacturing and engineering company (in Colorado), specializing in lightweight lithium battery technology for light aircraft.
Bryan Walstrom of Experimental Aircraft Channel will participate and host Saturday's "aircraft show" and STOL flying demonstrations.
Loehle Coatings will participate to share information about painting your own homebuilt aircraft. Mike Loehle has more than 40 years experience in the industry.
Continental / Titan motors is the maker of popular light aircraft engines, including the O-200 engine and the powerful new Titan line of engines. The company will be represented by "JB" Ball.
EAA Chapter 944 of Chillicothe, MO has also organized an aviation-themed Missouri specialty license plate featuring a Zenith STOL aircraft!
We had a fantastic 30th annual event last year at the Zenith Aircraft factory. Beautiful planes, perfect weather and awesome people! Check out some of the photos and videos from past events to get a feel about what the Zenith Homecoming is all about.
The last couple of years we have moved our larger gatherings outdoors to be able to better socially distance ourselves. Below: BBQ dinner on the Zenith ramp with the airplanes. What a great way to spend the evening!
Follow-up reports from last year's event: