A countdown clock ticked into action at 8 a.m. on July 27, showing spectators at EAA AirVenture the number of days, hours, and minutes left to complete a Zenith experimental aircraft in seven days.
The project, dubbed “One Week Wonder,” is intended to show the thousands of people coming to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, during the week that general aviation can be accessible and affordable—and that the average person can build an airplane. Visitors are invited to come out to the exhibit and participate in the build itself, and sign the logbook. The build is taking place across from the EAA Welcome Center. A cadre of volunteers is on hand to assist.
“The slogan for this week is ‘Keep calm and build an airplane,’” EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said as volunteers opened the first crate of parts amid applause.
“This is a very special day,” Pelton said. “We’re getting back to our roots.”
If the build process meets its goals, the airplane will do a taxi test on Friday, Aug. 1.
Zenith Aircraft Co. donated the CH 750 kit for the project. A completed Zenith is on display outside the exhibit. Other sponsors include Rotax, which is providing the engine; Dynon Avionics; and Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. Scheme Designers—which designed the paint scheme for the AOPA Sweepstakes Beech Debonair—provided paint schemes for the One Week Wonder. Three designs are on display at the exhibit, and visitors can vote for their favorite. The winning design will be unveiled on Aug. 3. Stop by the AOPA tent to get a close-up look at the Debonair’s paint scheme.