EAA 'Give Flight' Wing Project at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2015

At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, more than 2,500 volunteers helped build the One Week Wonder Zenith CH 750 Cruzer airplane in just seven days, shining a bright spotlight squarely on homebuilding at show center. This summer at EAA AirVenture 2015 we’ll embark on another project that further highlights aircraft homebuilding while also raising awareness of our worldwide EAA chapter network.

Project “Give Flight” will focus on constructing five sets of wings for various types of kit-built aircraft. The goal is to give those completed wing sets to five different EAA chapters to jumpstart five different building projects that we hope will lead to the formation of five different flying clubs.

The volunteer-based project will occur at the main crossroads of the EAA AirVenture grounds on Celebration Way, the same location where we put the One Week Wonder together. Volunteers will construct the wings on each of the seven days of the convention and, like last year, anyone who walks by can participate by pulling a rivet.

Three top kit companies were chosen to partner with EAA for the Give Flight project during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. Three of the five sets of wings will be for Zenith kit aircraft: two Zenith CH 750 Cruzer wings and one Zenith CH 650 (along with one set each for Sonex and Van’s Aircraft wings).

"We're excited and privileged to be involved with the 'Give Flight' project", stated Zenith Aircraft Company president Sebastien Heintz. "Last year we successfully completed one aircraft in a week. This year we'll be substantially starting three new aircraft builds with the construction of the wings!  I invite everyone to get involved to learn and lend us a hand!"

"Give Flight" Project Volunteers Needed
Zenith Aircraft Company, the presenting sponsor of EAA's Give Flight wings project, is seeking volunteers to help with the construction of six wings (three sets) during the week-long convention.

If you're an experienced kit builder (especially one with Zenith kit experience) and want to help the Give Flight project, spend a day or two of you AirVenture experience helping to build Zenith wings at the Give Flight tent at the main crossroads of the EAA AirVenture grounds (the same location where the One Week Wonder was put together in 2014).

We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic and ready to work, and who can help build six Zenith wings (two sets of Zenith CH 750 Cruzer wings and one set of Zenith CH 650 wings) during the week.

If you have the skills, energy, and experience, we encourage you to volunteer. This is one of the best opportunities to share your love of the exciting and rewarding world of homebuilding. Let’s all pitch in together and grow the homebuilt movement. If you're interested in learning to build your own all-metal aircraft, we'd love your help also on the Give Flight wings project. EAA is also seeking Homebuilding ambassadors to talk to visitors and answer questions about the project and homebuilding.

If you would like to volunteer, please go to http://www.sport.aero

Volunteering is a great way to share your love of homebuilding and to get more involved with AirVenture, make new friends, and have fun. The Give Flight project is simply a great volunteer opportunity!

The following videos provide an excellent overview of the wing assembly process:

Video: Wing Assembly - Part One Wing Assembly Overview Wing Assembly - Part Two
Assembling the Wings Part Three Zenith CH 650 Kit Overview

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Comment by Zenith.Aero on July 29, 2015 at 3:02pm

Video update of the Give Flight wings project at Oshkosh 2015:

Comment by Zenith.Aero on July 15, 2015 at 7:44pm

Preparing three Zenith wing kits for EAA's Give Flight project, where five sets of aircraft wings will be built next week at AirVenture Oshkosh!

Comment by David Gallagher on July 15, 2015 at 6:28am


Steve is still looking for experienced builders to help out on this project.  I have signed up for Monday afternoon and Friday morning shifts.  See the link in the text above to sign up, or call the ZAC customer service phone#.

See you there!

Dave G.

Comment by Zenith.Aero on July 9, 2015 at 10:39pm

June 25, 2015 - EAA has selected three EAA chapters to receive project "Give Flight" Zenith wings built by volunteers and attendees at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. The wing sets will serve as the start of chapter building projects resulting in completed airplanes.
Here are the chapters:
Chapter 461 - Bolingbrook, Illinois (Zenith CH750 Cruzer)
Chapter 245 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Zenith CH750 Cruzer)
Chapter 84 - Snohomish, Washington (Zenith CH650)
EAA release: http://bit.ly/1IB4eBr

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