Hi Everyone,

Here is what we have so far for the "Year of the Zenith" for Oshkosh 2011. Let’s get a conversation going and find out where you would like to go from here.


Tom Poberezny is putting together a parking place for 50 Zenith airplanes at Oshkosh 2011. I have asked specifically for the spot on the north side of the homebuilt parking area. That way we are a short distance from the Zenith sales area. Now, it’s time to see how many of you would like to park your planes together at EAA. The first time I posted this, I had about 15 E-mail commitments! Here is what I would like you to do.

If you plan to bring your Zenith to Oshkosh, please send this information to me by E-mail at backstagelive@gmail.com. I will keep your E-mail address and send you updates as time goes by.

Name / Address / Phone / Do you have a cell phone for Oshkosh – give us that number.
E-mail address
Number of people in your group
Would you consider flying your plane in the Homebuilt Showcase this year?

If you are not planning to bring your plane to Oshkosh, but you still would like to participate in Zenith activities and want to keep updates, send me an E-mail to backstagelive@gmail.com.


Tom has mentioned that he would like to do a presentation in Aero Shell Square with Chris, and have one of each of his designs available for a photo session. So far we have 2 outstanding airplanes that have committed. Ken Couillard from Oshkosh would let us use his CH 300 Tri Z, and Al Beyer would like to use his 601 HDS. If you would like to have your airplane in the picture, please contact Sebastian at Zenith. We will need every model Zenith except for the ones listed above.


If you are looking for lodging for this years convention, and you are a Zenith builder or enthusiast,
the University of Oshkosh Gruenhagen Hall will reserve one entire floor (40 rooms). There is already a waiting list for these rooms. There is a time limit on this offer. THIS OFFER EXPIRES MONDAY, MARCH 7TH! The cost is $55 per night. Max 2 to a room. After March 7th, the rooms go back to the pool of people on the reservation list. If we can get these reservations in soon, we can have the entire floor to ourselves! Transportation is available to and from the University to the EAA on a very regular basis.

If you would like to stay at Gruenhagen Hall, please call me at 920-237-1450. I have an application form I can E-mail you. When calling, please leave me your name, phone number, and how many will be in the room.


Tom mentioned that it would be fun to have a Zenith Aircraft Review before one of the air shows. This would be a lot of fun, very good for Zenith sales, and very easy to set up. Please let me know if you would like to fly your plane in the review.

If we have a full 50 airplane commitment, which I am almost certain we will, should we look into memorabilia like hats and T shirts that have "Year of the Zenith" or something like that printed on them? Should the factory sponsor an award for best homebuilt Zenith on the field? If you do, Zenith can give the award in the Theatre in the Woods during the last day of the convention along with the regular EAA awards. It would be fun to have the Chris Heintz workmanship award given every year at EAA on a Zenith product! What are your thoughts?

Should the people that fly their Zenith airplanes to Oshkosh get a plaque or cup? This would be a great thing to give out and we could find an aviation parts vender that would support this financially. Do you know of any Aircraft type business that would fund such a project?

Thanks everyone! Your input and comments will be greatly appreciated. This will be a great year at EAA for Zenith builders. Please let me know if you are coming as soon as possible.

Joe Scheibinger
2809 Scenic Drive
Oshkosh, WI 54904


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Comment by Geoffrey Alexander on February 25, 2011 at 4:59pm
Joe You can count me in with my CH-640. Sent you an emai with contact info
Geoffrey Alexander
Comment by Joe Scheibinger on February 25, 2011 at 2:33pm
I just came back from a meeting with Tom Poberezny and Adam Smith from EAA. I hope you guys are sitting down when you fire up your computers tomorrow! I have an incredible surprise for everyone tomorrow!
Comment by Joe Scheibinger on February 25, 2011 at 2:31pm
It's $55 per room per night! There are 2 beds in each room. These are college dorm rooms, not hotel rooms! they are a little smaller than your normal hotel room, but they are nice. The price is really attractive and the transportation doesn't get any better anywhere in Oshkosh! From your door to the flightline and back!
Comment by Mack P. Kreizenbeck on February 25, 2011 at 2:23pm

Greetings Joe,

The room rate -- is the $55 per person or per room?

Thanks for your efforts in organizing this event.


Comment by Joe Scheibinger on February 25, 2011 at 11:51am
Got it Dave! Thanks. This should be fun!
Comment by David Gallagher on February 25, 2011 at 11:27am

Sounds great! I have sent an e-mail with my information. See you there.

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