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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
March-April, 2015

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Introducing Teros: Sonex Collaborates with Manufacturer NASC to Build New Line of UAVs
04-30-15

Sonex Aircraft is proud to announce that a formal Business Collaboration Agreement has been signed with Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation (NASC) for research, engineering and production of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), beginning with a Xenos-based line of aircraft dubbed "Teros." Intended for use by Department of Defense customers, ship sets of Teros aircraft will be produced by Sonex Aircraft, LLC at our Oshkosh, WI headquarters and delivered to NASC for integration and operation as UAVs. The first prototype Teros is slated for delivery to NASC in June 2015. Read more about today's exciting announcement in our Official Press Release!

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Waiex First Flight: Kenneth Scott
04-28-15

Congratulations to Kenneth Scott of Oakdale, California whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Waiex (S/N W0011) flew for the first time on April 13th! "I would like to thank all the Sonex personnel for their help and advice," writes Ken "I want to especially thank Joe Norris and the T-Flight [Transition Training] program, it made the first flight a non-event. The aircraft flew and handled extremely well. Kudos to Sonex!" Gold Wings are on the way to Ken!

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Catch All the Sonex Action at Sun 'n Fun!
04-18-15


See the SubSonex in
Aerobatic Air Show Action!


Catch Sonex Forums and Events


See a 1/3 Scale Metal RC Sonex!

Sonex Aircraft Returns to Sun 'n Fun!
Sonex Aircraft, LLC is returning with an official exhibitor presence at the 2015 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, FL for the first time since 2006! Sonex will exhibit in the North East Exhibit area, booth NE-29, and the AeroVee Turbo powered Sonex Sport Acro will be on-display, along with the SubSonex!

SubSonex Aerobatic Air Show Debut by Bob Carlton:
Sonex Aircraft is proud to announce that Bob Carlton will make his worldwide debut of the SubSonex Personal Jet Air Show at Sun 'n Fun 2015! Flying on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons, Bob will perform aerobatics never before seen in a microjet air show, showing-off the incredible capabilities and flight handling characteristics of the SubSonex JSX-2 Personal Jet. Read More in our Official Press Release!

Sun 'n Fun attendees will be able to see the SubSonex up-close at our booth in the North East Exhibit area, NE-29!

SNF 2015 Forum and Events Schedule:
We have many exciting forums and events scheduled for the week at Sun 'n Fun 2015! (Consult Sun 'n Fun schedules for the most up-to-date scheduling information.):

  • Tuesday, Noon - Paradise City: The Sonex, Waiex, Xenos & Onex - Sport Pilot Designs
     
  • Tuesday, Airshow Time: SubSonex Aerobatic Air Show by Bob Carlton
     
  • Wednesday, Noon - Room 10: AeroVee Engine, AeroVee Turbo and AeroInjector - Sport Pilot Power
     
  • Wednesday, 1:50pm - SNF Radio: Interview with Bob Carlton and John Monnett - SubSonex Personal Jet and Air Show
     
  • Thursday, 9am - EAA Tent: Sonex/EAA Press Conference - Candler Field Museum Youth Program
     
  • Thursday, 10:35am - SNF Radio: Interview with John Monnett and Mark Schaible - What's New at Sonex
     
  • Thursday, Noon - Room 6: The Sonex, Waiex, Xenos & Onex - Sport Pilot Designs
     
  • Friday, 11am - Room 9: The SubSonex Personal Jet
     
  • Saturday, 3pm - Paradise City: AeroVee Engine, AeroVee Turbo and AeroInjector - Sport Pilot Power
     
  • Sunday, Airshow Time: SubSonex Aerobatic Air Show by Bob Carlton

Onex Fuselage Assembly Project:
Get hands-on with a Onex fuselage assembly at the EAA Tent every day during the show. Experienced builders will be on-hand to help you try your hand at assembling Onex kit parts!

See an Amazing 1/3 Scale Sonex RC Model:
Award-winning large-scale RC model builder Carlos Rangel will have his second model of a Sonex design on-display at Sun 'n Fun on Friday and Saturday. Carlos builds his models per plans out of aluminum to an incredible level of detail. His last model, a 1/3 scale Waiex, won awards at the annual Top Gun RC aircraft event. His latest creation is a Sonex modeled after well-known Sonex builder and advocate Bob Mika's aircraft, "Katie." The two aircraft can be seen together for the first time in the homebuilt camping area, and we also hope to have Carlos' model in our booth for part of the show.

*Please note that some sales and technical support response times at Sonex Factory Headquarters may be delayed as certain key staff members will be at the show. We appreciate your patience.

See us at our booth in the North East Exhibit area, booth NE-29!

Sonex Builders' Events Calendar Updated
for 2015 Spring and Summer Events!

04-16-15

The Sonex builder and pilot community is greatly enriched by wonderful customer-driven organizations and grass-roots events held around the world! The Sonex Builders' Organizations and Events page of our web site has been updated with several events for Spring and Summer 2015!

If you are organizing an event for Sonex Aircraft builders, owners and pilots, be sure to contact us with all the details for posting on our calendar.

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Sonex First Flight: Ray Kurian
04-13-15

Congratulations to Ray Kurian of Kearney, Missouri whose AeroVee powered, tri-gear Sonex (S/N 612) flew for the first time on April 12th! "I want to thank Sonex Aircraft for such great plans, assistance, and a wonderful airplane," writes Ray "Now the real fun begins." Gold Wings are on the way to Ray!

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Xenos First Flight: Bartolomeo Carlo Colapietro
04-13-15

Congratulations to Bartolomeo Carlo Colapietro of Rome, Italy whose Jabiru 3300 powered Xenos (S/N X0021) received its testing completion certification from the Italian Civil Aviation Authority on April 9th! "The airplane flies better than expectations," writes Bartolomeo. "Thanks to the designer Monnett and his entire expert team." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Onex First Flight: Michael Roderer
04-13-15

Congratulations to Michael Roderer of Dayton, Ohio whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex (S/N ONX0038) flew for the first time on March 18th! "The aircraft flies straight and level hands off," writes Michael. "Tech support (Kerry and Joe) resolved the few issues I had. My special thanks to fellow Onex builder Todd Reifers for pictures and advice, my father-in-law Bill Nostadt and wife Nancy for their support and encouragement. Building the Onex was a great experience." Gold Wings are on the way to Michael!

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Bob Carlton to Debut SubSonex Personal Jet
Aerobatic Show at Sun ‘n Fun 2015

04-03-15

Sonex Aircraft is proud to announce that Bob Carlton will make his worlwide debut of the SubSonex Personal Jet Air Show at Sun 'n Fun 2015! Flying on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons, Bob will perform aerobatics never before seen in a microjet air show, showing-off the incredible capabilities and flight handling characteristics of the SubSonex JSX-2 Personal Jet. Read More in today's Official Press Release!

Sun 'n Fun attendees will be able to see the SubSonex up-close at our booth in the North East Exhibit area, NE-29!

Sonex Aircraft Returns to Sun 'n Fun!
Sonex Aircraft, LLC is returning with an official exhibitor presence at the 2015 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, FL for the first time since 2006! Sonex will exhibit in the North East Exhibit area, booth NE-29, and the AeroVee Turbo powered Sonex Sport Acro will be on-display, along with the SubSonex!

SNF 2015 Forum Schedule:
Consult Sun 'n Fun schedules for the most up-to-date scheduling information.

  • Tuesday, Noon - Paradise City: The Sonex, Waiex, Xenos & Onex - Sport Pilot Designs
     
  • Wednesday, Noon - Room 10: AeroVee Engine, AeroVee Turbo and AeroInjector - Sport Pilot Power
     
  • Thursday, Noon - Room 6: The Sonex, Waiex, Xenos & Onex - Sport Pilot Designs
     
  • Friday, 11am - Room 9: The SubSonex Personal Jet
     
  • Saturday, 3pm - Paradise City: AeroVee Engine, AeroVee Turbo and AeroInjector - Sport Pilot Power

See us at our booth in the North East Exhibit area, booth NE-29!

Sonex First Flight: Robert Ohlson
03-25-15

Congratulations to Robert Ohlson of Poinciana, Florida whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1325) flew for the first time on March 19th! "Your Sonex team has been a joy to work with during the 3.5 years it took me," writes Bob. "Your Sonex team was always there to help (tech support), and fill my orders with a friendly email. My flight was from Winter Haven airport in Florida, with my ground team and Jeanne my wife watching. After the test hours are flown off paint will be next with the wings, wheel pants and tail tips painted Royal Blue, the nose will be Silver, and fuselage polished." Gold Wings are on the way to Bob!

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Reminder: Sonex Kit Price Increases to Take Effect April 6th; Jabiru Engine Sale Expanded!
03-23-15

2 Weeks Left to Save on Sonex Kits!
Only 2 weeks remain to save with current Sonex Aircraft kit pricing! Sonex Aircraft will be making several kit price increases effective Monday, April 6th. The increases reflect the growing value of each kit, as well as continuing cost increases for parts and materials, while still offering the best value for dollar:

  • Complete Airframe Kits, Kit Minus Tail Packages, and Quick Build Kits will increase in price by $1,000.
  • Sub-Kits will increase in price by approximately 5 percent each.
  • Dual Stick upgrade price for the Sonex Complete Airframe Kit, Kit Minus Tail Package and Quick Build Kit will increase to $325.

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 April 6, 2015. If you've been considering a Sonex Aircraft purchase in the near future, there's never been a better time to buy. Read More in our Original Posting!

Jabiru Expands Sale with Lower Pricing!
Last month, Jabiru USA announced its' Spring Engine Sale through April 30th. That sale has now been extended with deeper price cuts of $2,000 per engine! The following prices are available until April 30th, 2015:

Jabiru 2200:
Regular Price: $15,500
Sale Price: $13,500
Jabiru 3300:
Regular Price: $19,900
Sale Price: $17,900

See the Jabiru Spring Engine Sale flyer from Jabiru USA! See the original Jabiru Spring Engine Sale post for more info.

Sonex Flying Stories - Our New YouTube Playlist:
Mike Kelley Brushes-Off the Winter Rust with Some Spring Acro!
03-20-15

The number of Sonex customer videos posted to YouTube has exploded over the past few years. As-hard as we try, we just can't keep-up with them all -- which is a beautiful thing to see as the fleet grows! To make it easier for everyone to find Sonex customer videos, we have enhanced our YouTube channel to include a link to the YouTube-generated #SonexAircraft channel, and we have created a new playlist called "Sonex Flying Stories: Our Favorite Customer Videos." Keep sending us those video links that you're especially proud of, and we'll add our favorites to the playlist!

One such video recently came-in from Mike Kelley, builder of Tri-Gear, Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex #1284. For Mike, building an airplane and performing aerobatics in that plane had always been on his bucket list. In summer of 2014, Mike took his first and only aerobatic instruction in a Citabria. "The lesson was taught over the Juan de Fuca straight on a cool day, with a hard 3000' overcast ceiling, not allowing many visual land reference cues," writes Mike. Since then, he has been taking the basic spin, rolls and loops he learned, and putting them into simple +G combinations such as the Spit-s, Immelmann's, wing-overs, and Cuban 8's. He has no intention of ever competing, but enjoys the unencumbered feeling of these sport class maneuvers. "I'd recommend unusual attitude or aerobatics instruction to any pilot," continues Mike, "Practicing these over-and-over, including actually spinning the Sonex, has definitely made me a better & safer pilot. By far, the Sonex was the absolute best kitplane choice for me. Where else could I have this kind of fun and this level of performance on 5-6 GPH!"

Mike's Spring Acro video can be seen below and on our new YouTube custmoer videos playlist along with another recent video of his, "A Day in the Life of Sonex 1284."

Find More Stories and Videos on the Sonex Flying Stories Page!

Sonex Logs 59th Builder's Workshop Event!
03-12-15


Jeremy Monnett demonstrates the AeroVee powered Onex in a high-speed fly-by for the Workshop crowd on Saturday.


Workshop attendees gained hands-on metalworking experience using Sonex construction techniques with their Workshop projects.

Sonex Aircraft held it's Spring, 2015 Sonex Builder's Workshop on March 7-8, the 59th Workshop event since the company's founding in 1998!

Typical of March Workshops, the event hosted a small, but enthusiastic 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 building, owning and flying Sonex Aircraft.

The weather for the weekend gave Northeast Wisconsin a real break, with above-average temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50's! This afforded factory prototype aircraft fly-by's on both Saturday and Sunday, and every Workship attendee seeking a Basic Aircraft Familiarization Flight through our T-Flight Transition Training Program was able to fly -- almost the entire group! Workshop attendees also 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 May 30-31, 2015. Sign-up Today!

 


T-Flight Basic Aircraft Familiarization Flights are a popular option for Workshop attendees. Read More about T-Flight Transition Training packages!

Jeremy welcomes the Workshop crowd, lays-out the agenda for the weekend, introduces staff, and passes the microphone around for attendees to introduce themselves.

John Monnett gives a walk-around tour of the technical design features that go-into the Sonex line of aircraft.

John Monnett gives Workshop project demonstrations before turning attendees loose on their own metalworking projects.

Workshop participants get to work on their Sonex metalworking projects!

Jeremy hops into the Waiex for some fly-by's on Sunday morning. In addition to high-speed fly-by's slow flight is also demonstrated, illustrating the impressive performance envelope of Sonex Aircraft.

Sunday is engine day as John educates the group about all things AeroVee and AeroInjector.

John's closing session of aircraft building tips is one of the most informative highlights of the weekend.

Read More about Sonex Builder Workshops!

Check-Out the T-Flight Transition Training Program!

Sonex First Flight: Dana Baker
03-11-15

Congratulations to Dana Baker of Acton, California whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1534) flew for the first time on March 8th! "The plane flew great and climbed very well," writes Dana. "I spent an hour getting familiar with the handling in all phases of flight. Many thanks to my wife for understanding my Sonex addiction, all the folks at Sonex and to Gary Aldrich my EAA flight advisor, Steve Irving my EAA Tech Counselor, and the very helpful controllers in the Fox Airfield tower. Now I know what the Sonex grin is all about." Gold Wings are on the way to Dana!

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Sonex First Flight: Michael Neidenthal
03-11-15

Congratulations to Michael Neidenthal of Peyton, Colorado whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 749) flew for the first time on March 6th! "I purchased the kit from the estate of Russ Woodyard in Tennessee," writes Michael. "My mentors John Gillis and Jeff Shultz said [Russ's project] was a great build, and [that I] just had to finish up the project. Big thanks to my mentors and Steve Rothert for all their help! Can't wait to bring it to KOSH (with paint) of course." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Onex First Flight: Gary Anders
03-03-15

Congratulations to Gary Anders of Enola, Pennsylvania whose VW powered, tri-gear Onex (S/N ONX0046) flew for the first time on February 21st! "I am so happy with the performance of this plane," writes Gary. "I have four hours on it already and couldn't be happier. Thank you Sonex staff for all your help. I'm not sure what I like more, building or flying the Onex. It was a great experience all around." Gold Wings are on the way!

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