Zenith Aircraft's Sebastien Heintz and his son Calvin embark on a road trip South to Florida from the Missouri factory in their cargo van. They loaded the van with Zenith aircraft kits which they delivered to customers along the way, making their way to Lakeland, Florida, to host a Zenith hands-on workshop class and for the Sun 'n Fun Holiday Fly-In Festival and National STOL competition (in early December 2021), coming up in Part Two of this video.

Normally, Zenith aircraft kits are crated and shipped by common carrier (truck) for the Zenith factory in Mexico, Missouri to the customer's home. A typical full kit will be crated in one box, 14-ft L x 4-ft W x 3.5-ft H, weighing approx. 1,000 lbs. (including the wood crate). Alternatively, customers can pick up their kit at the factory, either uncrated or crated (in the big wood box), and haul the kit back themselves. Note that component kits (or smaller section kits) can also be ordered and shipped (or picked up). Of course, individual parts can also be ordered and shipped.

With the Zenith cargo van, the kit is not crated but hand packed on the shelves inside the van (smaller parts are boxed together and larger parts are wrapped in paper for protection). At the customer's home, the parts are unloaded by hand.

Here's part two of the road trip: https://youtu.be/ppA0Kl6-bbU

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Comment by Sebastien Heintz on January 28, 2022 at 8:48pm
Comment by John Austin on January 12, 2022 at 3:37pm

That's a great road trip - I'm sure it's nice to have some quality time with Calvin!  Next time you're passing through East Tennessee, detour through the beautiful Sequatchie Valley (just north of Cleveland) and I'll put you up and you can try my famous dry rub smoked pork ribs!



Comment by Zenith Aero on January 12, 2022 at 2:47pm

We'll be heading to Southwest Texas in February with the van, to host to host a Zenith workshop class.

Let us know if we can deliver kits to you along the way!

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