Coming Events Calendar for
Zenith Aircraft Company

  • Factory Workshops at the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri: Gain hands-on experience in building and flying your own airplane.
  • Additional coming events:
    • Free Friday Lunches return to Zenith this summer: Friday, June 7 @ noon at the Zenith factory in Mexico, Missouri.
      (Join us also on Friday, July 12, and Friday, August 16 for Free Friday Lunch at Zenith) 
    • Zenith “Fly-In to Summer” Open House: Saturday, June 22, 2024, 8 am – 1 pm at the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri.
    • EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: July 22 -28, 2024
      • Save the date: Thursday evening (July 25) for the annual Zenith Builder Dinner at Oshkosh. Details soon.
    • Zenith Homecoming (Annual Zenith Open Hangar Days & Fly-In, Mexico, Missouri):
      Save the date for 2024: September 20 & 21, 2024
      Thank you to everyone who visited and participated at the 2023 Zenith Homecoming / Open Hangar Days & Fly-In, making this 32nd annual event the best one yet! Check out the photos from the 2023 eventPlane & Pilot magazine:  Zenith Homecoming Recap (9/22/23)

June 21 & 22, 2024 
Monthly workshop at the Zenith Aircraft kit factory in Mexico, Missouri. This workshop class is held on Friday and Saturday, the same day at the Zenith “Fly-In to Summer” Open House event.

August 8 & 9, 2024 
Monthly workshop at the Zenith Aircraft kit factory in Mexico, Missouri. Participate in this popular hands-on kit aircraft building workshop to learn all about building your own Zenith.

September 18 & 19, 2024 
Monthly workshop at the Zenith Aircraft kit factory in Mexico, Missouri. This workshop class is held on Wednesday and Thursday, before the annual Zenith Homecoming open hangar days and fly-in.

A hands-on introductory workshop on building an all-metal Zenith Aircraft kit plane.

If you’ve always dreamed of building your own airplane, or simply want to learn more about all-metal aircraft construction, Zenith Aircraft Company is providing you with the opportunity to learn all about building a Zenith kitplane at one of its factory workshops, where you can actually start building your own airplane. The workshops are coordinated by Zenith Aircraft staff and held right in the factory. Small group sizes make the workshops very productive and educational.

During the educational workshop you can start building your own Zenith kit aircraft, the rudder tail section, and lots of learning.

  • Reading and understanding blue-prints (plans & manuals)
  • Principles of sheet-metal construction
  • The advantages of working with sheet-metal (vs. other materials)
  • Metal aircraft building and assembly techniques and tips
  • Measuring, drilling and riveting (assembling the kit)
  • Tools, workshop and skills required to build your all-metal aircraft
  • Hints and short-cuts in assembling a kit
  • Metal kit aircraft maintenance and corrosion protection
  • The advantages of building, owning and flying a Zenith kit aircraft
  • and much more…
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Come prepared to work and experience first-hand how you can build your own kit airplane! You don’t need any experience, skills or tools to attend.
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Workshop location. At the Zenith Aircraft factory at Mexico Memorial Airport, Mexico, Missouri (100 miles west of St. Louis). Accommodations available locally. Note: Demo flights can also be scheduled during the workshop.

As the rudder takes shape, the first-time builders take pride in their new-found skills and begin to feel confident about their ability to complete a kitplane. The initial fears have gone, to be replaced by planning for extra workspace… Workshops are great morale boosters and an excellent way to test the water without making a huge upfront commitment. We highly recommend them.”
“Testing the Waters: A weekend workshop like Zenith Aircraft’s sheetmetal course lets you try before you buy.” KITPLANES magazine, September 1993, pages 34 to 39, by LeRoy Cook.

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