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Friday, March 7, 2014

Zenair Marks Its 40th Year

Zenair Limited was founded by Chris Heintz in his 2-car garage in 1974; the company moved to its current 15,000 sq./ft. facilities on the Huronia Airport (Ontario, Canada) over 30 years ago. Now directed by the founder's sons, the family-owned business (together with Zenith Aircraft Company in the United States) makes complete kits for a number of popular 2 and 4-seat all-metal designs as well as light aircraft floats.

Over the years, Zenair designs have set a number of world records – including longest distance flown non-stop by CH 300 for any aircraft in its category (Trans-Canada flight - 1978). While the majority of Heintz' varied designs are used around the world for personal recreation, they are also used for glider towing, agricultural spraying and flight training. Thanks to their excellent off-airport capabilities, some are even used for missionary work and anti-poaching missions in remote African locations.

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, Zenair Ltd. is planning a fly-in/Open House event at its facilities on Saturday July 19th. A week later, one of its aircraft kits (a STOL CH 750) will be fully assembled and tested during the seven-day AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in Wisconsin. This "One Week Wonder" project will mirror similar feats accomplished by Zenair in the nineties.

"We hope that many join us for these exciting events" says Michael Heintz, company spokesman. "Thousands of our kits have been assembled by builders over the past forty years and the July 19th fly-in will give many past and current builders, owners and enthusiasts an opportunity to meet again and to visit the birthplace of their homebuilt aircraft."

For more information on Zenair, its aircraft kits and/or planned events for the company's 40th Anniversary celebrations, visit


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