Here are a few photos and thoughts from last week’s Zenith open house celebrating 20 years of operation in Mexico, MO. (Zenith has been in operation more than 30 years, but was based in Canada for the first years.) After I took them, I realized that almost all of them were shots of people. This is fair enough, because in the real measure, homebuilding is about people and their hard work to achieve something extraordinary in their lives, people un willing to settle for what others will accept.
This month marks 9 years since Grace and myself bought our 601XL kit from the factory. When it flew several months later, we started the era of ‘Zeniths powered by Corvairs’, something we shortened to “Zen-Vair.” The years since have seen almost 60 more Zeniths take to the air with Corvair power. We now have another 50-60 aircraft that could fly in a year, and a completion rate that is close to one every 12 days. It is a success story make possible by Zenith providing outstanding designs that are well supported. Choosing an airframe is something of a marriage between the builder and the factory. In the case of Zenith, they have a long track record of successfully working with builders of all experience levels. They are one of the longest lasting and most stable companies in our industry, and as one of their builders, I will gladly say that they are first class people to work with.