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Our Mission at Sonex Aircraft:

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is committed to providing the recreational aviation community innovative, cost-effective and efficient aircraft kits, powerplants, and accessories and supporting them with industry-leading customer service.

In addition, Sonex provides leadership to the grass-roots homebuilt community to protect the experimental-amateur built rules and cultivates new pilots and airplane builders through educational efforts.

Our Vision:

To continue the Sonex Aircraft heritage of Product Innovation, Affordability, Simplicity, Versatility, Performance, Engineering, and Quality and to expand these themes into a broader aviation marketplace.


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Sonex Aircraft News:

Sonex Events Calendar Updated for 2018!

The Sonex Aircraft Company Events Calendar has been updated for 2018, including the Vertigo Airshows SubSonex performance schedule!

Don't miss Sonex Aircraft's exhibit at Sun 'n Fun 2018, including SubSonex airshow performaces!

We Need Your Builder Events!

As 2018 gets into full-swing, remember that we need your grass-roots Sonex Builder Events scheduling for your Builder Events Calendar!

In addition, Sonex Aircraft is happy to support Builder Events with Sonex literature, DVD's and door prizes, as well as publication of your event reports on our home page and social media sites. Contact with your events!

See the Sonex Company Events Calendar!

Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Heather Zahner Celebrates 13 Years of Service!

Congratulations to Heather Zahner, who celebrates her 13-year employment anniversary at Sonex Aircraft, LLC this week! Heather joined us in February of 2005 and has grown in her responsibilities to become an increasingly vital and valued member of the Sonex team. A member of our management team, Heather currently serves as Sonex Aircraft's Financial Controller, Manager of Customer
Service and Human Resources.

Read more about Heather, and the rest of the Sonex Aircraft Team!

First Flight Insurance Group: Xenos Now Eligible!

Sonex Aircraft is pleased to announce that First Flight Insurance Group has increased it's eligible weight restriction from 1,150 lbs to the FAA LSA maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 lbs. (1,430 lbs. for amphibious aircraft). This means that the Xenos and Xenos-B Motorglider is now eligible to be insured by First Flight Insurance Group, along with the Sonex/Sonex-B, Waiex/Waiex-B and Onex.

The USUA insurance program offers 3rd party liability insurance and accepts orientation flight time in-type with regular pilots (no requirement for flight time with a CFI), or time in similar handling aircraft. The program has an affordable fixed annual premium, there is no charge for a second pilot on the policy, and no charge for adding additional insured landowners.

First Flight Insurance Group's USUA program is a great option to serve many of our customers’ insurance needs in our most-popular aircraft models, especially during Phase I of kit aircraft operating limitations.

Learn More About Insurance for Sonex Aircraft!

SubSonex News: John Corneal's Award-Winning SubSonex Featured in EAA Sport Aviation!

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The February issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine features the Bronze Lindy Award winning SubSonex built by John Corneal of Petersburg, PA. John spent a lot of extra time on a meticulous show-plane build of his serial number JSX0006 SubSonex Personal Jet and his work paid off at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 where he earned the Bronze Lindy for his workmanship.

The SubSonex was John Corneal's very first aircraft build, and with time, patience and the help of EAA SportAir Workshops and Hints for Homebuilders videos, he built a truly beautiful bird!

"I've always wanted to fly," remarks John Corneal, "but I got into racing cars instead, and I didn't start flying until I was in my forties... It's a joy," John continues, "It's just a wonderful airplane."

Check-out the video above and download the Sport Aviation article! (2mb PDF file)

Learn More About the SubSonex!

Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Kerry Fores Celebrates 15 Years of Service!

Congratulations to Kerry Fores, who celebrates his 15-year employment anniversary at Sonex Aircraft, LLC this month! Kerry has been with Sonex Aircraft since January 2003, but volunteered his time beginning in 1999 after learning of John Monnett's plans to develop the Sonex design. As Technical Communications Manager at Sonex, Kerry is primarily reponsible for leading our technical support efforts, while writing, maintaining and managing Sonex Aircraft technical manuals, instruction sheets and other documentation.

Read more about Kerry, and the rest of the Sonex Aircraft Team!

Bob Carlton Wins 2017 Art Scholl Award!

Sonex Aircraft is thrilled to congratulate Bob and Laurie Carlton of Vertigo Airshows for winning the 2017 Art Scholl Showmanship Award!

Sonex Aircraft was first introduced to Bob Carlton in 2009 while evaluating the PBS TJ-100 turbojet to power the SubSonex. Bob's experience with the TJ-100 and aircraft like his Super Salto jet powered sailplane made him a natural fit to lead the SubSonex test flight program with first flight in 2011. With SubSonex JSX-2, Bob has campaigned around the country and internationally showing-off the impressive capabilities of the SubSonex with his spectacular day and night pyro airshow performances.

Learn More About the SubSonex!

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Sonex Builder News:

Sonex Builders In the News:
Jake Heino's Sonex Featured in Sport Aviation!

Builder Jake Heino built a beautiful Tri-Gear, AeroVee powered Sonex, serial number 1072 and has been enjoying the fruits of his labor since it's first flight in August of 2014. His aircraft is featured in EAA Sport Aviation magazine's What our Members are Building and Restoring section this month. Read the Article Now!

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Sonex Builder Events:
SonexAus Holds a Great Goolwa Fly-In!

The SonexAus builder group in Australia held a nice fly-in gathering at the Goolwa airport in South Australia earlier this month. See more pictures on the Sport Aircraft Club of SA web site.

"We enjoyed an informal get-together Sunday 14 January at Goolwa in South Australia," writes Sonex Aus. "An opportunity to meet with a few other Sonex owners and builders and have a chat. Thanks to all who made it a great afternoon." 

Sonex Aircraft would like to thank SonexAus for making another grass roots Sonex builder event such a success!

Be sure to get your 2018 Sonex Builder Events submitted for the Builders Events Calendar on our web site! Email:

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Sonex First Flight: Paul LaRue

Congratulations to Paul LaRue of Dearborn, Michigan, whose Jabiru 3300 Powered, Standard-Gear Sonex (S/N 1509) flew for the first time on December 21st! "It was quite a day," writes Paul. "I met the FAA airworthiness inspector at 10am, and had the certificate before 11am. The Sonex flew great. The landing was the part that I was most concerned with skill wise... It turns out that the landing was incredibly easy. At about 3 feet off the runway, it felt like a cushion of air was gently lowering me down. Thanks to everyone that has contributed to []; it’s been a valuable resource. I also want to thank Kerry at Sonex [technical support] for the patient and accurate advice. Having dealt with other less than helpful companies, it’s always refreshing to deal with Sonex." Gold Wings are on the way to Paul!

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Sonex Builder Events: Florida Sonex Association Holds Marion County Airport BBQ!

"The FSA Members Fly-In BBQ and meeting at the Marion County Airport on Saturday November 18th was a huge success," writes Florida Sonex Association president Mike January.

"53 Members and sponsored guests drove or flew in. A total 12 aircraft flew in, 7 Sonex, 2 Waiex, RV12, Wittman Buttercup and Avid Flyer. Members met under a sunny Florida sky to enjoy the camaraderie, look at other Sonex aircraft, make new friends, update old friendships and plan Fly outs, Fly-ins, workshops and seminars for the coming year.

Special thanks go out to the Marion County Airport management and staff for all their support and the use of the new facility.

Very special thanks also to our FSA volunteers, my wife Anna, Dale Johnson, Jerry & Carol Sheetz, Jack and Beth Leidenheimer and FSA pilot Builder Jim Ballenger. Without them we could not have had the special day we all enjoyed.

Members all were impressed with the new airport facilities, fuel prices and generous ramp spaces for parking aircraft. We could get a lot of Sonex aircraft on this ramp for sure. 

FSA photographer Beth Leidenheimer provided us with photos s of the event. The photographs have published on the FSA website at Thank you all for a great start to our flying season." 

Sonex Aircraft would like to thank Mike January along with all other event organizers, attendees and sponsors for making another grass roots Sonex builder event such a success!

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Sonex First Flight: Tim Mobbs

Congratulations to Tim Mobbs of Seething, Norfolk, England, whose AeroVee Powered, Standard-Gear Sonex (S/N 1555) flew for the first time on November 9th! "The test programme is continuing well," writes Tim. "From 1943, Seething was the base of the 448th Bomb Group of the USAAF and their 'assembly ship' was a yellow and black chequered B24 called 'You Cawn't Miss It.' So my Sonex (registered G-YCMI) is also chequered in part, and we have incorporated the black letter 'I' on a white circle born by all the Seething based Liberators." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Build a Sonex Aircraft in Your School!

Through the Sonex Education Initiative, your school, EAA chapter or community organization can receive 10% discount incentives on any Sonex Complete Airframe Kit or AeroVee Engine Kit! Aviation metalworking "Starter Kit" packages are also available.

To find out more, see the official Sonex Education Initiative web site:





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