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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
September-October, 2013

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Sonex First Flight: Tom Kondrat
10-30-13

Congratulations to Tom Kondrat of West Ossipee, New Hampshire whose standard gear, AeroVee powered Sonex (S/N 1414) flew for the first time on October 14th! "I want to thank the usual cast of characters starting with John Monnett for having the vision and tenacity in designing the Sonex and especially all the people that have supported John over the years so he could design this truly fun airplane." writes Tom. "This includes his family both biological and business. Keep up the great work. I can not wait to see what is next. For those that are still building, keep going -- the minute the wheels leave the ground you forget all the late nights, cut fingers, driven rivets, etc. and realize it was all worth it!" Gold Wings are on the way to Tom!

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Final Reminder: Only 1 Week Left to Take Advantage of Current Kit Pricing!
10-25-13

There's still time take advantage of current pricing on all Complete Airframe Kits, Kit-Minus-Tail Packages and Quick Builds! Sonex Aircraft, LLC will be instituting a $500 price increase on these kit packages, effective November 1st, 2013. Pricing for the AeroVee Engine Kit and individual airframe Sub-Kits will remain unchanged.

Order Now to Secure Current Pricing: As a courtesy to all current and prospective Sonex Aircraft customers, we have announced this new pricing in-advance, and are honoring current pricing for all orders received with 1/3rd deposit payment by October 31, 2013. If you've been considering a Sonex Aircraft purchase in the near future, there's never been a better time to buy! See the original September 6th announcement.

Increase your Savings with a Sonex Workshop: If you have not yet attended one of our Sonex Builders' Workshop events, you can still take advantage of current pricing and our Workshop Discount Incentives with an order placed by October 31st. You may attend any future Workshop seminar and receive Workshop discounts as a credit to your account after completing the weekend course. Workshop Discounts can save you an additional $400 to $1,000! Our next Workshop will be held March 1-2, 2014 so sign-up today!

The Best Performance Per Dollar - Calculate Your Building Costs: Whether you can take advantage of current pricing, or you are planning for a later purchase, Sonex Aircraft still represent the Best Performance Per Dollar in the kit aircraft industry today. Use our Finished Aircraft Cost Worksheet to estimate your total building costs.

Questions? Get In-Touch with Us Today!
Check out our Contacting Sonex page for the appropriate phone or email contacts for your questions.

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Notice: Sonex PO Box Discontinued
10-25-13

The Sonex Aircraft, LLC Post Office Box address has been discontinued effective October 31, 2013 in favor of more-reliable US Mail service here on the East Side of Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport in recent years. Mail addressed to the former Sonex Aircraft PO Box address will be forwarded by for a limited time by USPS, however, please be sure that all new letters and packages be sent to our physical address:

Sonex Aircraft, LLC
511 Aviation Rd.
Oshkosh, WI 54902

See the Contacting Sonex Page to Direct All Sonex Inquiries!

Onex First Flight: Pierre Marcotte
10-24-13

Congratulations to Pierre Marcotte of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada whose standard gear, AeroVee powered Onex (S/N ONX0036) flew for the first time on October 23rd! "[It's] a little 'pocket rocket'!!!" writes Pierre. "Seventh completion; will see if there is yet another one left in me! Would like to at least top if off with an even number." Gold Wings are on the way to Pierre!

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Onex First Flight: Donald Reinholm
10-24-13

Congratulations to Donald Reinholm of Oakland, Michigan whose tri-gear, AeroVee powered Onex (S/N ONX0060) flew for the first time on October 22nd! "Thanks to Kerry [Sonex Tech Support] for all the questions he answered for me in the building process!" writes Don. Gold Wings are on the way!

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Onex First Flight: Todd Reifers
10-22-13

Congratulations to Todd Reifers of Indianapolis, Indiana whose standard gear, AeroVee powered Onex (S/N ONX0068) flew for the first time on October 8th! "[It] flew beautifully and was very responsive to input especially with that rudder!" writes Todd. "Looking forward to flying my hours off and taking a few cross country trips in her. Starting to have a little builders withdraw already but that will pass. Thanks for all the support from everyone there." Gold Wings are on the way to Todd!

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Reminder: Only 2 Weeks Left to Take Advantage of Current Kit Pricing!
10-18-13

There's still time take advantage of current pricing on all Complete Airframe Kits and Kit-Minus-Tail Packages! Sonex Aircraft, LLC will be instituting a $500 price increase on these kit packages, effective November 1st, 2013. Pricing for the AeroVee Engine Kit and individual airframe Sub-Kits will remain unchanged.

Order Now to Secure Current Pricing: As a courtesy to all current and prospective Sonex Aircraft customers, we have announced this new pricing in-advance, and are honoring current pricing for all orders received with 1/3rd deposit payment by October 31, 2013. If you've been considering a Sonex Aircraft purchase in the near future, there's never been a better time to buy! See the original September 6th announcement.

Increase your Savings with a Sonex Workshop: If you have not yet attended one of our Sonex Builders' Workshop events, you can still take advantage of current pricing and our Workshop Discount Incentives with an order placed by October 31st. You may attend any future Workshop seminar and receive Workshop discounts as a credit to your account after completing the weekend course. Workshop Discounts can save you an additional $400 to $1,000! Our next Workshop will be held March 1-2, 2014 so sign-up today!

The Best Performance Per Dollar - Calculate Your Building Costs: Whether you can take advantage of current pricing, or you are planning for a later purchase, Sonex Aircraft still represent the Best Performance Per Dollar in the kit aircraft industry today. Use our Finished Aircraft Cost Worksheet to estimate your total building costs.

Learn More About Sonex Aircraft Building Options!

Sonex Builder Events: 10th Annual ASA Crossville Fly-In Attracts Record Attendance!
10-17-13


The Crossville, TN ramp is crowded with a record 40 Sonex Aircraft!

The American Sonex Association held their 10th annual fly-in event on October 11-12th in Crossville, Tennessee, achieving record attendance with a total of 40 Sonex Aircraft! "We could not have had better weekend weather and the aircraft arrived in droves," writes ASA Founder John Davis. "A new tradition was started this year, when an aircraft arrived we gave them a certificate with arrival number to display in their windscreen and they blew an air horn to announce their arrival. When number 40 arrived, the air can had been depleted."

Sonex Aircraft, LLC had an official presence at this year's ASA Fly-In for the first time, as T-Flight Transition Training program Chief Flight Instructor Joe Norris flew-in to the event with the factory prototype Waiex. Joe was also accompanied by Oshkosh area builder and part-time Sonex employee Wayne Daniels in his Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex, making his second trip to Crossville. Attendees Aaron Knight of Norwell, Massachusetts and Walt Turk of San Antonio Texas nearly tied for the longest distance traveled to Crossville in a Sonex Aircraft, with Aaron Knight taking the honor by a mere 2/3rds of a mile. Victor Vicari of Goreville, Illinois was voted Best in Show by the event's registration crew for his tri-gear Waiex S/N W0100.

The weekend included many events and activities including 34 Sonex Aircraft demo rides given by seven of the aircraft owners in attendance, presentations by builders and vendors, door prizes donated by several vendors including Sonex Aircraft, a number of very active parts swap tables, and the traditional "Big Boy BBQ" dinner as the event's finale. Sonex builder and previous Crossville attendee Michael Arnold was honored with a Missing Man formation flight on Sunday. Michael tragically lost his life in the September 16th Washington DC Naval Yard shooting.

"This event would not take place every year if it were not for the hard work of the guys and gals that make this event a success," writes John Davis. Sonex Aircraft would like to once again extend a huge "Thank You" to John and his crew of event organizers and helpers for making the 10th Annual Crossville Fly-In the most successful grass-roots Sonex builder-organized event to-date! The 2014 ASA Fly-In is already scheduled for October 10th and 11th. You can find more pictures, videos and details about this year's event on the ASA web site.


An impressive group shot of ASA 2013 attendees and aircraft!

Joe Norris and Wayne Daniels prepare to depart Oshkosh with the Sonex factory Waiex and Wayne's Sonex, "Purple Haze."

Victor Vicari's Jabiru 3300 powered Waiex S/N W0100 was deemed Best in Show by the ASA Crossville aircraft registration crew.

Another impressive view of the ASA Crossville 2013 flight line.

A Missing Man formation is flown for Navy Yard shooting victim Mike Arnold, a Sonex builder and ASA member.

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Sonex Aircraft, LLC Celebrates 55th Sonex Builder's Workshop Event!
10-12-13


Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett is silhouetted against the Oshkosh sky in the Onex taildragger.

Sonex Aircraft held it's Fall, 2013 Sonex Builder's Workshop on October 5-6th, celebrating the 55th Sonex Workshop event since the company's founding 15 years ago in 1998! The event hosted another great group of current and prospective Sonex Aircraft builders, as attendees from across the country traveled to Oshkosh to learn more about building, owning and flying Sonex Aircraft. The group constructed sample Sonex metalworking projects, received detailed informational sessions about all Sonex Aircraft designs, engine options, AeroConversions products, and all other aspects of Sonex Aircraft ownership.

Although there was low ceilings and rain on Saturday, some great flying weather on Sunday afforded an opportunity for many attendees to experience the Basic Aircraft Familiarization training package via the Sonex T-Flight Transition Training program, while other attendees flew with us during the days preceding and following the Workshop. Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett also had an opportunity to demonstrate the Onex factory prototype during several fly-by's on Sunday morning. Workshop attendees had the whole weekend to inspect every inch of Sonex factory prototype aircraft on the ground, and try them on for size.

The Sonex Aircraft Workshop continues to be an extremely valuable experience for our builders, saving them time, money and answering many frequently asked questions in the building process. Sonex Builder Workshops are held several times per year at the Sonex Aircraft, LLC facilities in Oshkosh, WI, and significant kit discount incentives are offered for attendees. Our next Sonex Workshop will be held March 1-2, 2014. Sign-up Today!


Workshop attendees gather for a group picture with Sonex Aircraft staff.

Sonex T-Flight Transition Training program Chief Flight Instructor Joe Norris takes students through pre-flight in preparation for their 1/2 hour Basic Aircraft Familiarization flights. Workshop attendees who are licensed pilots may sign-up for the T-Flight familiarization package as-part of their Workshop weekend.

Workshop attendees take the opportunity to look-over every inch of Sonex factory prototypes.

Jeremy welcomes attendees, introduces staff, and passes-around the microphone so that attendees can introduce themselves to the group.

Sonex Founder and President John Monnett gives a walk-around tour of factory prototype aircraft, focusing on the key design features that make Sonex Aircraft so successful.

Sonex Manager of Technical Communications Kerry Fores gives a presentation about using the Sonex Aircraft plans system.

John demonstrates metalworking techniques to the group, which they will use in constructing their sample metalworking projects.

Jeremy demonstrates solid riveting techniques for constructing Sonex Aircraft main wing spars.

Workshop attendees get to work on their metalworking projects! The Sonex Workshop project uses the Sonex Aircraft plans system and incorporates all major types of metalwork used in the construction of Sonex kits.

Workshop attendees take a tour of the Sonex warehouse, not only giving them a glimpse of Sonex production operations, but also showing them the quality and finish of Sonex kit parts and packaging methods.

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Onex First Flight: Jan Bruinier
10-08-13

Congratulations to Jan Bruinier of Lelystad, Netherlands whose standard gear, AeroVee powered Onex (S/N ONX0066) flew for the first time on October 7th! "This is the first flying Onex in Europa I think," writes Jan, and he would be right! "The plane is fantastic. Controls nice in balance. Better than expected. Thanks for this beautiful design. I am extremely happy with PH-ONX! The Aerovee runs perfect." Gold Wings are on the way to Jan!

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Sonex First Flight: Walter Kahn
10-04-13

Congratulations to Walter Kahn of Baldwinsville, New York whose standard gear, Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex (S/N 375) flew for the first time on October 4th! "The plane was largely built by the late George Zion of Indianapolis, and finished by myself with a lot of help from Marty Vandelinder, Chuck Burtch, Charlie Branagh, and the late Bernie Schaknowski," writes Walt. "With the Jabiru 3300, it's a real hot rod compared to my Luscombe. It ran great and handles great. A really wonderful flying machine." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Waiex First Flight: Ed Tropper
10-03-13

Congratulations to Ed Tropper of Erie, Pennsylvania whose standard gear, AeroVee powered Waiex (S/N W0138) flew for the first time on October 1st! "Flight was stable and it was easily controlled," writes Ed. "I now have 2 flying aircraft, a Waiex and an RV-4. Both were on display at the Erie airport open house in August." Gold Wings are on the way to Ed!

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Sonex First Flight: Bill Lloyd
10-03-13

Congratulations to Bill Lloyd of Midlothian, Texas who recently informed us that his tri-gear, AeroVee powered Sonex (S/N 910) has been flying since April 25th, 2011! "I love flying my bird," writes Bill. "As I've told many people, it's a great machine." Gold Wings are on the way to Bill, and remember, it's never too late to let us know that your aircraft is flying! Read more about Reporting Completions.

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Sonex First Flight: Jan Buckowski
10-03-13

Congratulations to Jan Buckowski of Adna, Washington who recently informed us that his standard gear, AeroVee powered Sonex (S/N 1107) has been flying since July 5, 2010! "Building and flying the Sonex has been rewarding to say the least and to date I have logged 207 hrs. on the airplane," writes Jan. "I was looking at the builder's map on the Sonex company web site and saw myself not listed as a completion and flying.  I thought it would be a good thing to change that." Gold Wings are on the way to Jan, and remember, it's never too late to let us know that your aircraft is flying! Read more about Reporting Completions.

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October Sonex Workshop Promises to be a Great Weekend; Space is Still Available!
09-30-13

Final preparations are well-underway for this weekend's Sonex Builders Workshop, held October 5-6th, which promises to be another great event here in Oshkosh! We have a good-size group of current and prospective builders and their guests already registered to attend, but some limited space is still available, so Sign-Up Today!

Maximize Kit Savings — Combine Workshop Discounts with Current Pricing by November 1st:
The upcoming October Workshop is a great opportunity to maximize your savings on Sonex Aircraft kits — take advantage of today's pricing combined with Workshop Discounts before price increases take effect on November 1st. Additionally, Workshop attendees can now receive discounts on Kit-Minus-Tail packages! See our official announcement for full details.

Catch the Action from the Summer, 2013 Workshop:
Read a full report from our last Workshop, June 1-2, and learn what's in-store for your October, 2013 Fall Workshop experience, on our web site News Archive.

Read More About the Sonex Builders Workshop!

Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Steve Mitchell Celebrates 2 Years of Service!
09-26-13

Congratulations to Steve Mitchell, who celebrates his 2-year employment anniversary at Sonex Aircraft, LLC this month! Steve joined the Sonex staff in September of 2011 as a full-time Warehouse Associate, and was promoted to the position of Warehouse Manager in 2012. Steve manages all Sonex Warehouse activities, including incoming and outbound shipments, kit, engine and general order packing, and management of Sonex full-time and part-time Warehouse staff.

Read more about the rest of the Sonex Aircraft Team!

Sonex Builders' Events: 5th Annual North East Sonex Fly-In Draws a Crowd!
09-18-13


The 5th Annual North East Sonex Fly-In was held on Saturday, September 7th at Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene, NH and event organizers have reported a "totally awesome" event! The Fly-In attracted approximately 70 participants with 9 Sonex Aircraft flying-in. "Thank you especially to those who flew in their Sonexes and Waiex," writes event co-organizer Mike Smith. "We had 8 Sonex and 1 Waiex, and if the weather in Canada had been better we would have had 4 more! We also had several other interesting aircraft fly in including a Lancair, Cub, several RV's of various flavors, a Kitfox, a couple of Skyhaws, and a Cherokee (I don't think the two private jets were there for our event!)."

The event included lunch, presentations from a few Sonex Aircraft builders, Sonex Aircraft familiarization flights and door prizes. Event organizers were sure to thank everyone for their help in producing the event, notably EAA Chapter 1314 for help with food, set-up and clean-up, Monadnock Aviation for use of facilities and support, Wicks Aircraft Supply for their donation of a headset door prize, and to all builders & pilots giving presentations and familiarization flights.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC extends a huge thanks to all event organizers, sponsors and participants for putting together another great event for Sonex Aircraft builders to look forward to every year!


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Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Brian Rupnow Celebrates 1 Year of Service!
06-26-13

Congratulations to Brian Rupnow, who celebrates his 1-year employment anniversary at Sonex Aircraft, LLC this month! Brian has been at Sonex since September of 2012, working in the Sonex Hornets' Nest R&D department. As an R&D Engineer, Brian works on 2D & 3D drafting, engineering support, construction of prototype aircraft, as well as project management and tracking for the ambitious Hornets' Nest project list. Brian's current primary project is the continuing development of the SubSonex Personal Jet.

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

Sonex First Flight: Bill Monroe
09-12-13

Congratulations to Bill Monroe of St. Augustine, Florida whose tri-gear, AeroVee powered Sonex (S/N 675) flew for the first time on September 2nd! "Special thanks to Kerry Fores [Sonex Tech Support] and all the Sonex staff for your help!" Bill writes. "I have been flying a Cap 10 for stick time and in a Marchetti as well and prefer my Sonex! It flew nicer than I ever imagined, I was nervous for my first flight but quickly became very confident and just enjoyed the plane. I love this plane!" Gold Wings are on the way to Bill!

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You're Invited:
Sonex Builder's Workshop, Oct. 5-6, 2013!
09-09-13

Space is still available for our next Sonex Builders Workshop, scheduled for October 5-6, 2013 here at the Sonex factory in Oshkosh. The $200 registration fee is available for credit toward your plans or kit purchase. A number of kit discounts are also available only for workshop attendees and their guests. Don't miss your chance to save a tremendous amount of money and time with these workshop discount opportunities.

Catch the Action from the Summer, 2013 Workshop:
Read a full report from our last Workshop, June 1-2, and learn what's in-store for your October, 2013 Fall Workshop experience, on our web site News Archive.

Maximize Kit Savings — Combine Workshop Discounts with Current Pricing by November 1st:
The upcoming October Workshop is a great opportunity to maximize your savings on Sonex Aircraft kits — take advantage of today's pricing combined with Workshop Discounts before price increases take effect on November 1st. Additionally, Workshop attendees can now receive discounts on Kit-Minus-Tail packages! See last Friday's announcement for full details.

Beat the Rush: Buy Now!
Note that there is no penalty for purchasing plans and/or kits in advance of the workshop. You receive the same discounts at the end of the workshop and you'll be first in line ahead of what we expect will be a strong list of post-workshop kit and engine orders.

Experience the Sonex Workshop AND a Sonex Aircraft Flight with our T-Flight Program:
Sonex Workshop attendees may sign-up for a Basic Aircraft Familiarization package via our T-Flight Transition Training program. Limited space is available and flight slots are weather-dependant. You may also extend your travel plans to fly during the week before or after the Workshop. Learn More about T-Flight and Sign-Up Today!

Get a 10 Percent Discount on Workshop Tools from Wicks Aircraft Supply!
Wicks Aircraft Supply is now offering a 10 percent discount on tools purchased for use at Sonex Builder's Workshops! Just mention your planned attendance of the Workshop when placing your order. Wicks can even ship your tools directly to Sonex Aircraft, LLC in anticipation of your arrival! See the Workshop Tools List on our Workshops web page. Wicks can also fill your Sonex Aircraft Hardware Kit needs once you begin building.

Read More About the Sonex Builders Workshop!

Kit Price Increases Coming November 1st;
Reduced Pricing Structure Now Available
with New Kit-Minus-Tail-Packages!
09-06-13

Sonex Aircraft, LLC will be instituting a $500 price increase for all Complete Airframe Kits and Kit-Minus-Tail packages, effective November 1st, 2013. Pricing for the AeroVee Engine Kit and individual airframe Sub-Kits will remain unchanged.

Order Now to Secure Current Pricing: As a courtesy to all current and prospective Sonex Aircraft customers, we are announcing this new pricing now, and honoring current pricing for all orders received with 1/3rd deposit payment by October 31, 2013. If you've been considering a Sonex Aircraft purchase in the near future, there's never been a better time to buy.

Increase your Savings with a Sonex Workshop: If you have not yet attended one of our Sonex Builders' Workshop events, you can still take advantage of current pricing and our Workshop Discount Incentives with an order placed by October 31st. Our next Workshop will be held October 5-6, 2013 so sign-up today! If you can’t attend the upcoming October Workshop, you may buy now at full price, and receive Workshop discounts as a credit to your account after attending a future Workshop.

Reduced Pricing Structure for Kit-Minus-Tail Packages: Sonex Aircraft is pleased to announce a new, reduced pricing structure to replace the “Kit Minus Tail” discount for multiple Sub-Kit purchases. Customers who initially purchase a Tail Kit can now receive all remaining Sub-Kits at a lower price than ever before – simply deduct the price of the Tail Kit from our regular Complete Airframe Kit pricing! This new Kit-Minus-Tail pricing structure represents a $255 to $1,055 savings at today’s pricing (depending upon model and options). See full Kit-Minus-Tail pricing details on our Pricing web page. Note: current Kit-Minus-Tail pricing will be subject to a $500 increase effective November 1st. Additionally, Kit-Minus-Tail packages are now eligible for full Workshop Discount Incentives!

The Best Performance Per Dollar - Calculate Your Building Costs: Whether you can take advantage of current pricing, or you are planning for a later purchase, Sonex Aircraft still represent the Best Performance Per Dollar in the kit aircraft industry today. Use our Finished Aircraft Cost Worksheet to estimate your total building costs.

Learn More About Sonex Aircraft Building Options!

Sonex First Flight: Jim Brandvik
09-03-13

Congratulations to Jim Brandvik of Pipe Creek, Texas whose standard gear, Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex (S/N 1143) flew for the first time on August 28th! "Thanks for a great aircraft!" writes Jim. Gold Wings are on the way!

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