Informal gathering of Zenith enthusiasts having fun, growing the sport
The long tradition of builder camaraderie and help that is the hallmark of Zenith Aircraft Company is nowhere better experienced than at the company’s factory in Mexico, Missouri, where pilots, experienced builders, and the entire factory meet with new builders and hopefuls, to explore and celebrate the thrill of flight, in an airplane you build yourself.
On Saturday, June 20, Zenith enthusiasts will converge on the factory from all over North America, to exchange tips and stories, and meet and welcome the new and future Zenith builders and fliers who will attend this eighth springtime celebration of homebuilding.
Between the official hours of 8a.m. and 2p.m. at the Zenith factory on the Mexico airport (KMYJ), and perhaps informally for hours afterward in town, the conversations revolve around building and flying the many current and legacy planes that bear the name Zenith. Self-guided factory tours, demonstrations, and a good look at the factory lineup all figure into the action, with coffee and donuts in the morning, and a hot lunch.
“All the visitors need to do is bring their enthusiasm and tie-downs, and maybe a lawn chair” says Zenith Aircraft Company President Sebastien Heintz. “We provide the venue, the airplanes, and the ambiance.”
Unlike the traditional Open Hangar Days in September, which host forums and technical sessions, June’s Fly In To Summer is “informal and unstructured, keeping with the joy of summertime flying and the urge to spend the long daylight hours looking down on Earth from a cool, comfortable altitude.”
Everyone with an interest is encouraged to attend.