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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
May-June, 2015

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AirVenture is Coming Soon:
Events Posted to Sonex Calendar!
06-26-15


Check-out the action from AirVenture 2014 to see what you can expect!

As always, Sonex Aircraft will be exhibiting at the 2015 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show. Stop by and see us in the North Aircraft Display area Booth 622!

Go to our Company Events Calendar to see the full schedule of events including the Sunday July 19th Sonex Open House and Homecoming Fly-In, the Sonex Hangar Party on the evening of July 20th, and our full schedule of Forum Presentations. You can also find Sonex Aircraft Taxi & Parking Instructions and download the official EAA NOTAM.

Daily Sonex Factory Tours:
Sonex will be offering tours of our factory headquarters facility every morning, Monday July 20th through Friday July 24th at 9am, and Saturday July 25th at 10am. You can drive directly to Sonex Aircraft, or RSVP to catch free transportation from the Sonex exhibit booth on AirVenture grounds (transportation back to AirVenture grounds also provided). Sign-up for a tour and RSVP for transportation by contacting: orders@sonexaircraft.com

Part Order Pickups During AirVenture:
Sonex Aircraft will again be accomodating part order pickups during AirVenture this year. All part orders must be made in-advance. We recommend that all orders be placed as soon as possible prior to AirVenture to help ensure availability.

Pickups will be made by appointment only, and appointments will be available during the following dates & times:
Sunday, July 19 (Sonex Open House): 10am to 2pm
Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24: 8am to 11:00am

Any questions about AirVenture part order pickups may be directed to our Customer Service team at: orders@sonexaircraft.com

Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions AirVenture Forum Schedule:
Sonex Aircraft, LLC and AeroConversions products will be conducting several Forums throughout the week. See our Company Events Calendar for more!

SubSonex Microjet Makes Kitplanes and AOPA Pilot Covers; Bob Carlton Wins Bill Barber Award!
06-23-15


The SubSonex JSX-2 microjet will be hitting mailboxes this month on the covers of AOPA Pilot and Kitplanes magazines!

"SubSonex: The practical jet age arrives" is an expansive 19 page feature story in the August issue of Kitplanes magazine, written by the magazine's editor-in-chief, Paul Dye. Paul is the first non-Sonex pilot to fly the SubSonex, and his article is a very favorable flight review of the aircraft, which includes sidebar articles about the PBS TJ-100 turbojet engine, an interview with John and Jeremy Monnett, a description of SubSonex kit contents and pricing, the SubSonex transition training process and the transition training aircraft: the TsT-14 BonusJet. A video was released in May about the SubSonex and Paul Dye's experience flying the aircraft, which is available on YouTube.

"Having A Blast: A glider transition to a jet" is featured as the July 2015 cover story in AOPA Pilot magazine, written by editor Dave Hirschman. Hirschman was the second non-Sonex pilot to fly the aircraft, and he was very complimentary of the SubSonex in the magazine's "Hangar Talk" section: "Flying JSX-2 is a scream," he says. "It's intoxicating, and it's easy to imagine flying clubs and partnerships being formed around this exciting new aircraft." The 8-page feature article thoroughly reviews the SubSonex and also covers the TsT-14 BonusJet transition training process. AOPA also released a great video about the Subsonex and Dave Hirschman's experiences flying the aircraft!

Transition training is a significant milestone associated with these two articles, as Desert Aerospace's BonusJet program allowed both pilot journalists to gain their FAA LOA's (Letter Of Authorization) to fly the SubSonex via the same mechanism that SubSonex customers will use to transition into their SubSonex kits. Both Paul Dye and Dave Hirschman came-in to the program with similar sport aircraft experience, and both completed the program successfully. Watch our Webinar about SubSonex Transition Training!

Bob Carlton to Receive 2015 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship
SubSonex air show performer and chief test pilot for the SubSonex program Bob Carlton will will be presented with the 2015 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship on Tuesday evening, July 21, at EAA AirVenture’s Theater in the Woods. Carlton joins a long list of honorees that reads like an air show performers’ hall of fame. The Barber Award is sponsored by World Airshow News magazine and the friends and family of the late Bill Barber. It has been presented annually since 1986 to air show performers or teams who have demonstrated great skill and showmanship. Bob will be making several performances in the SubSonex during AirVenture 2015, including both night shows. According to Bob, the SubSonex will have carry more night airshow pyrotechnics than his reknowned Super Salto jet sailplane! Read more about the Bill Barber Award, and find the AirVenture Airshow Schedule on EAA's web site.

AOPA Live SubSonex Video:

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Forward: The Business of Moving-On
06-12-15  

"Move on… That can sound like an awfully cliché, and almost callous phrase as we speak it here today. But you see, that is most definitely what Jeremy wants us to do. To move on. To continue fulfilling the dream of he and his father. The dream that we share, and most importantly, the dream shared by our customers."

Those are some of the words included in our staff's speech to a standing-room-only crowd of over 2,000 people in EAA's Eagle Hangar at Jeremy Monnett's celebration of life on Sunday. As a staff, we held hands together on-stage, we expressed how much Jeremy and Mike Clark meant to us as brothers, and we talked about the future.

Forward… what better word to describe the path that we must take? The word was penned as the Wisconsin state motto in 1848 by Governor Nelson Dewey and Milwaukee attorney (later to become Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice) Edward Ryan, at a time when the entire government of Wisconsin had yet to be organized as the newest state of the Union – a daunting task. As a proud University of Wisconsin Badger, Jeremy Monnett was well acquainted with the motto Forward, and he lived it every day. Running Sonex Aircraft, LLC without Jeremy is also a daunting task.

Here are some more excerpts from Sunday's speech, which describe our path Forward:

"Now let's not kid ourselves: there is a HUGE hole left in Jeremy's place. His talents and energy – My God, his energy! – will not be easily or fully replaced. We will have to draw from the unique talents of every member of our team to piece together a patchwork quilt to place over that hole. And like our team is holding hands in-front of you today, that patchwork quilt will be stitched together by our love for our lost brothers, and our love and respect for one another, cultivated by this most difficult of times.

To our customers, we promise to continue innovating. Before this tragedy occurred, Friday was set-aside to discuss the next project. Despite all of the events and pain of the week, inspiration took over and we had some of those discussions anyway. It was hard without Jeremy, but we did it, even to the extent of creating a rough mock-up. We felt Jeremy smiling down on us in the R&D shop as the creative juices were flowing. It felt good. That airplane will roll-out of our hangar someday soon as a fully-realized product.

Now, This is the last time you'll ever hear us speak of this aircraft until it's ready to fly, so DON’T ASK! (waving finger playfully at customers in attendance)

To the aviation community, we promise to continue our service and advocacy for aviators and homebuilders everywhere. The hard work that Jeremy has accomplished in working with aviation's alphabet soup is simply too important for us not to continue.

To the greater Oshkosh community, we will continue working for growth and prosperity in the area, especially in stewardship of this wonderful airport named for one of our company's earliest mentors and role models.

To youth who look to the sky in wonder: we will continue stoking the fire of your dreams, and we promise to take the time to mentor and encourage you in every way possible, as Jeremy did so passionately.

To John: You and Betty were just beginning to enjoy the fruits of your labor with more frequent trips to the condo in Florida, and the confidence that only comes with  having an immensely capable heir at the helm. We understand that you will be getting re-engaged and more hands-on in the wake of this tragedy – and believe me, we need you to do so! But we also want you to enjoy the good life with your bride. We promise to work exceptionally hard so that, when you are ready, you can move toward a more leisurely and relaxing lifestyle, which you so richly deserve.

Now, will we do all of this at the remarkable pace of Jeremy? No. That’s simply… impossible. Because you see, Jeremy was larger than life. But we will do it… together."

To all of our current and prospective customers around the World, we're open for business, and it's time to move Forward. Will you join us?

Obituary: Michael John Clark, 1994-2015
06-09-15  

Michael John Clark, age 20, of Oshkosh died unexpectedly in a plane accident near Wittman Regional Airfield on June 2, 2015.

Mike was born on December 21, 1994 to Gary and Jacqueline (Beining) Clark in Green Bay. Mike attended Wrightstown High school, Class of 2013 and Fox Valley Technical College. He graduated in May with a Technical Diploma in the Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics program where he was on the Dean's List.

Mike was active with Boy Scout Troop 1446 of Wrightstown where he earned The Eagle Scout Award shortly after his 16th birthday. After scouts, Mike began pursuing his dream of flying. He began lessons to earn his Private Pilot Certificate at Blue Sky Aviation in Pulaski. He achieved his Private Pilot Certificate shortly after his 17th birthday with the minimum hours required by the FAA.

Mike was presently working on his Instrumentation Rating.

After High School, Mike was employed at Basler Turbo Conversions and most recently employed at Sonex Aircraft, LLC in Oshkosh where he was an Airframe Assembler. Mike had a deep love for not only the work that he did, but also for the entire Sonex family. Every time we talked to him the conversation was always about the love for his job and the people he worked with.

Mike belonged to the Winnebago Flying Club and was a member of the EAA.

Mike was a caring person and will live on through his donation of organ & tissue.

Mike is survived by his parents, Gary and Jacky and his older brother Chris. He is also survived by his Grandmothers Joan Clark and Florence Beining. Aunts and Uncles: Denis & Sue Clark, Norb and Mary Beining, Cathy Uecker, Gene & Avis Beining, Bernice & Bill Schuh and Dave & Kim Beining. He is further survived by cousins and numerous friends.

Mike was preceded in death by is Grandfathers Wayne (Buck) Clark and Gerald Beining, his Uncle Dan Uecker and Cousin Samantha Rott.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday June 12, 2015 at St. Clare Parish, 437 Main Street, Wrightstown. Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with Father Dennis Bergsbaken and Deacon Ken Kabat. Burial will be in the Saint Mary cemetery.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

Nickel Funeral Home, Morrison, assisting the family.

Obituary: Jeremy T. Monnett, 1974-2015
06-04-15  

Oshkosh lost one of its finest young leaders, community contributors and all-around great guys with the passing of Jeremy Trent Monnett. A lover of family, life & community, he is survived by his wife Kate (Cotter), their two sons, Miles & Brooks, his parents, John & Betty Monnett, all of Oshkosh, his brothers John (Terri) Monnett III of LaCrosse and his twin Jason (Jaimie) Monnett of Oshkosh, Parents-In-Law Kerry and Tom Christopher of Waukesha, Mike & DeLoma Cotter of Fond du Lac, brothers in law Dan Cotter and his beloved Ruth Zimmerman, Tim Cotter and his fiancé Sam Green, step in-laws Courtney & Aleta Schultz and Eric and Scott (Jodi) Christopher. His nephews & niece: Calvin & Juliet Monnett of Oshkosh, John Monnett IV of LaCrosse and nephew Ryan McWane of Oshkosh. He is also survived by numerous beloved Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He loved all of his family so much: Shirks, Monnetts, Diedrichs, Cotters, Sheahan & Christophers.

Jeremy loved being a father. His family was his life. He and Kate lived and loved with such a great passion and zeal. Kate, Miles and Brooks will be his legacy always- as will all that have been touched by him.

Jeremy was born June 12, 1974 in Elgin, IL with a collapsed lung and spent his initial days in intensive care- exhibiting his toughness at a tender age. He also exhibited his adventurous spirit early on in life. He climbed up on the roof of the family's Elgin, IL home at age 4 following his dad up the ladder and interrupting Dad's work with a "what ya doin' Dad?"

Aviation brought the Monnett family to Oshkosh in 1981. Jeremy's formative years led him to a passion for singing, dancing, running, and then aviation. Participation in Odyssey of the mind laid the groundwork for his engineering interests. He helped restore an Aeronca L3 Warbird Aircraft with his dad while in high school, stoking the passion for aviation that would later define his career.

He spent five glorious years on the campus of UW Madison earning his mechanical engineering degree, making many friends from far and wide and of course becoming a huge Badger fan. While in college, he interned for a summer in Detroit for General Motors- and begin to realize that working for corporate America was not in his plan.

Upon college graduation, he moved to Seattle to work for the Boeing Company. He worked remotely assisting in the early stages of Sonex, establishing the website and helping respond to early builder inquiries via email. While with Boeing, he had the opportunity to visit China, Japan and Australia- and he fondly recounted those trips over the years-- including the wishes he made in a Chinese fountain--- that he would help Sonex become successful and find and marry the woman of his dreams. While he enjoyed Seattle and made many new friends-- in 1998 he returned to Oshkosh to work at developing Sonex full-time.

Upon his return, Jeremy did help guide Sonex to prosperity. He began as general manager and grew into designing his own model - the Onex- with the helpful input of his father and Pete Buck.

He also became an incredibly active and impactful member of the community-and was a tireless champion of many causes. He began as President of the Oshkosh Jaycees, Member of the Chamber Aviation Committee, then involvement with Progress Oshkosh and the light the bridges campaign, Chairmanship of the Christine Anne Domestic Abuse Center Board, service on the Chamco and in formation of the Greater Oshkosh EDC. In these capacities, he gained many valued friendships and admirers. He was a cheerleader and an advocate for Oshkosh and his leadership in many areas will be missed. He was honored as a 40 under 40 recipient by the Oshkosh Northwestern. He was also a national advocate and participant in the home built aircraft industry: a young leader in that movement that he was so passionate about.

....And he did meet the love of his life!!!!! His love for Kate was so strong and undeniable. From the first Jaycees meeting Kate attended, Jeremy knew she was the one he was going to marry. When on their first date four years later, driving home Kate said to Jeremy: "This sucks. I'm never gonna date anyone else again." They were engaged on St Patrick's Day 2006-- less than eight months after they started dating. They were marred on March 24, 2007.

Through his organ & tissue donation, Jeremy gave the precious gift of prolonged life to as many as 50 people. Please enroll as an organ & tissue donor TODAY.

A memorial service and celebration of Jeremy's life will be held Sunday, June 7 in the Eagle Hangar of the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Public visitation will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm, followed by a Service and Reception. In Lieu of Flowers, the family has established a memorial.

To Dear Jeremy from Kate,

Thank you for loving me and making me feel like the most important, beautiful person on Earth. I will forever miss your constant hugs, kisses and: "I have such a hot wife" up to 10 times a day. I will do my best to raise Miles and Brooks without you. You were the best Dad! They are young, but your legacy will always be remembered. They were both doing 'the monkey' this morning but it will never be as great as yours.

Your loving wife, Kate

Revised Schedule: Memorial Services for Jeremy Monnett
06-04-15  

The schedule for memorial services for Jeremy Monnett has been revised:

On Sunday, June 7th. Services will be held at the EAA AirVenture Museum Eagle Hangar, with public visitation from 10am to 2pm. A Celebration of Life will take place in the Eagle Hangar from 2-3pm and a reception will take place from 3-4pm in the EAA Founders' Wing, at which light refreshments and horderves will be available.

Information about the EAA AirVenture Museum can be found at: https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-museum

Note: the family will be conducting a private service prior to 10am, therefore, early arrivals are respectfully discouraged.

In-lieu of flowers, the Monnett family will be releasing details of a memorial fund at a later date.

Sonex Family Mourns Loss of Jeremy Monnett and Mike Clark
06-03-15  

It is with heavy hearts that we report the loss of two members of our Sonex family. Sonex Aircraft CEO Jeremy Monnett and Sonex assembly mechanic Mike Clark died yesterday in an accident involving Sonex Sport Acro N123SX at the East end of Wittman Regional Airport’s runway 9, which occurred on Tuesday, June 2nd at approximately 3:30pm. The cause of the accident remains unknown pending investigation by the FAA, NTSB and Sonex Aircraft.

Sonex Aircraft founder John Monnett made a statement to staff this morning that Sonex Aircraft, LLC will continue to operate despite the holes left by Jeremy and Mike’s absence. It would unquestionably be Jeremy Monnett’s wish that the Sonex company and the worldwide community of Sonex and AeroConversions customers carry-on.

Sonex Sport Acro N123SX first flew in 2007, and has most-recently been fitted with the 100 hp AeroVee Turbo. The engine had accumulated approximately 25 hours of operation in the Sonex Aircraft test cell as part of the AeroVee Turbo development program, and approximately 50 flight hours on N123SX after moving from the test cell to the Sport Acro airframe in the spring of 2014. The engine and airframe’s performance has been flawless in all respects, including recent long cross country flights to Florida for the Sebring and Sun ‘n Fun conventions, making its return trip to Oshkosh after Sun ‘n Fun 2015. Sonex Aircraft is hopeful the investigation of Tuesday’s accident will reveal conclusive findings regarding the cause, however, there are no immediate conclusions that can be drawn.

The Monnett family and leadership of Sonex Aircraft, LLC sincerely thank the dedicated Sonex staff, community of customers, the aviation community at-large, and the Oshkosh community for all of the support and condolences offered over the past 24 hours.

Sonex First Flight: David Griffiths
06-02-15

 

Congratulations to David Griffiths of Gladstone, Queensland Australia, whose Jabiru 3300 powered, tri-gear Sonex (S/N 1081) flew for the first time on May 30th! "All went according to plan Test pilot Col Crittenden took her for a 20 minute initial test flight," writes David, "Plane flew straight and level hands off. Followed by a further 5 flights with me at the controls not so straight or level." Gold Wings are on the way to David!

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Sonex First Flight: Richard Schaffner
06-02-15

 

Congratulations to Richard Schaffner of Bunbury, Western Australia, along with his build partners Gary Butlion and James Szabadics whose VW powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1011) flew for the first time on May 15th! "It took us a while but the end result is an aircraft that handles so beautifully it is a true credit to its designers," writes Richard, "Very happy with the build process, the solid construction and the performance. Builders/prospective builders feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions on our aircraft or are in the area and keen to take a closer look." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Onex First Flight: David Knutson
05-28-15

 

Congratulations to David Knutson of Fall City, Washington whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex (S/N ONX0140) flew for the first time on May 25th! "Thanks for a quality kit and nice flying design," writes David, "There's lots to love about my previous two projects (finished Glasair more than 20 years ago), but for now at least, the Onex is my favorite." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Sonex Builder Events: Colorado's Mile-High
Sonex Fly-In Celebrates Successful 2nd Year!
05-22-15


The 2nd Annual Mile-High Sonex Fly-was held on May 16th at Meadowlake Airport in Colorado Springs, CO. The following report is from event organizer Jeff Schultz:

"Our second annual even went extremely smoothly with a great turnout of flying Sonex aircraft, numerous active builders in the greater Colorado area, and a few interested individuals who wanted to see Sonex aircraft up close and learn more about them.

By my count (admittedly incomplete), attendance included 5 flying Sonex aircraft, 1 Sonex project (with Turbo-AeroVee), approximately a dozen various other aircraft (T-28, L-4, Vari-eze, 5 RV's, and a few other GA types) and approximately 40 people. The furthest traveled award once again went to Ron Sipple from Kansas City who made the trip via Southwest to attend, with a close second to Robert Lennon of Sante Fe, NM who drove in.

The presentations were interesting and well received, given by Gary Motley (rebuilding the AeroVee) and John Gillis ("Speed Cowl Mods"). The weather held out for us until after lunch, when clouds started building and people started heading out to beat the coming rain. Carl Benda once again brought his original VW Minibus with mobile BBQ stand and party wagon to cook lunch, and aside from a ceramic pot of baked beans that exploded on the grill, lunch was great.

I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone who helped put on the event, including special thanks to Sonex pilots and builders who brought their aircraft in. I hope to see everyone back again in 2016, and look forward to meeting some new faces and future Sonex builders as well!"

The team at Sonex would like to extend a huge Thanks to Jeff, and everyone else who helped make this 2nd annual grass-roots Sonex builder event a success!

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Onex First Flight: Rudolph Polacek
05-22-15  

Congratulations to Rudolph Polacek of Cotter, Arkansas whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex (S/N ONX0058) flew for the first time on May 14th! "Flew very well," writes Rudy. Gold Wings are on the way!

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Reminder: Space Is Still Avialable for Our 60th Sonex Builders Workshop, May 30-31st!
05-19-15


Interested in building a Sonex Aircraft? Space is still available for our 60th Sonex Builders Workshop, scheduled for May 30-31, 2015 here at the Sonex factory in Oshkosh! The $200 registration fee is available for credit toward your plans or kit purchase, and allows you to bring a guest to the Workshop for free. 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. Sign-Up Today!

  • Catch the Action from the Spring, 2015 Workshop:
    Read a full report from our last Workshop, March 7-8, and learn what's in-store for your May, 2015 Summer Workshop experience, on our web site News Archive.
     
  • Read About Our Workshops and Transition Training in Kitplanes Magazine!
    The Sonex Builders Workshop program is prominently featured in the January, 2015 issue of Kitplanes Magazine! The six-page feature, "Building Before Buying" by Scott M. Spangler, gives a detailed first-hand account of the typical experience at our seminar. The article is now available for free download from our web site: Read it Today!

    Kitplanes Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye also made his first visit to the Sonex Aircraft campus last summer, going-through our T-Flight Transition Training course with Chief Flight Instructor Joe Norris. The experience impressed Paul so much that he and his wife decided to buy a Xenos Motorglider kit! Read Paul's article about T-Flight, "Getting a Good Start" as a free download from our web site!
     
  • 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!

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Onex First Flight: Michael Jackson
05-18-15

 

Congratulations to Michael Jackson of Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex (S/N ONX0169) flew for the first time on May 17th! "Thanks to everyone who helped along the way," writes Michael, "Couldn't have done it without you guys!" Michael previously built Xenos S/N X0042, and his Onex was completed in only 8 months! Michael's Onex utilizes a vinyl graphics wrap instead of a traditional paint job. Gold Wings are on the way!

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Sonex Flying Stories:
Aaron Knight Video Recognized by FLYING Magazine / Garmin "Flying Is" Video Contest
05-18-15

Congratulations goes to Aaron Knight, whose video from Denali Alaska was selected by FLYING Magazine and Garmin to be among the Top 100 Reader Submitted videos for their "Flying Is" video contest! Titled "Flying Is Epic," Aaron's video was set to a different soundtrack for music licensing purposes, but the original featuring Hans Zimmer's moving score "Time" can be found on the Sonex Flying Stories YouTube channel!

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Sonex Builder Events: 5th Annual North Carolina Sonex Fly-In held in Asheboro!
05-15-15


The American Sonex Association held its 5th Annual North Carolina Sonex Fly-In on May 2nd in Asheboro, NC. The following report is from event co-organizer Pete Van Schalkwyk:

"Its hard to believe that this was our 5th "Annual" event.  The turnout was great with a record of 12 Sonex type aircraft arriving during the course of the morning. Not only were there 12 Sonex but we had about 7 other pilots fly in to the event with other makes and models of aircraft. We estimate that we had around 50 to 60 people show up, from registered folks to folks driving past and stopping in to see what was going on. This year the "prize" for the furthest flight went to:

  • Dave and Evelyn Amsler - Flew in from Buffalo NY - Stayed overnight and returned to NY the next day.
  • Paul Gerhardt - from MD, made the trip both ways in one day. Wow!!!

More photos of the event can be seen on Google Plus.

The team that organizes this event would like to personally thank each and everyone of you for making this day a success. We could not do this without your support."

The team at Sonex would like to personally thank Pete, along with fellow co-organizers Michael Crowder and "Winding" Wayne Andrews for putting-on yet another fantastic grass-roots Sonex builder event!

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Sonex Builder Events: 12th Annual Northern California Sonex Fly-In held in Rio Linda!
05-15-15


Sonex builders in the Northern California area held their 12th Annual Northern California Sonex Fly-In at Rio Linda Airport on May 2nd. The following report is from event organizer Jeffry Larson:

"Bright clear skies, typical California weather in the low 80’s with a small breeze of 3-5 mph presented Rio Linda with a perfect day to celebrate aviation. In total, 7 Sonex were on the field, including a Onex, 4 Sonex and 2 Waiex aircraft.

Over 2 dozen other airplanes lined the runway including an assortment of RV’s, Lancair’s, older and newer GA’s including a trio of Ercoupe’s. All of the aircraft, plus a nice assortment of vintage cars turned the little airport into a crowd affair. More than 200 people lined up for lunch and quickly gobbled up 18 racks of ribs, packages of hot dogs and a large table of “fixin’s”. Following lunch the light cross wind added some entertainment to the flour bombing and the spot landing contests.

Can’t say enough about the people, old and young, pilots, builders and wannabe’s. If you haven’t been to an event lately, go experience one, guaranteed to meet some of the nicest people in the world. All of the Sonex guys are such quality folks."

On-behalf of the Sonex staff, we can't say enough about Jeffry, his helpers, and all other grass-roots Sonex event organizers for putting together these great gatherings!

See a YouTube video of the event by Mike Kelley!

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SubSonex Transition Training Webinar
Video Archive Now Available Online!
05-15-15

Wednesday night's SubSonex transition training webinar, "Flying a Jet-Powered Glider and the SubSonex Jet" by Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett, is now available for viewing as a video archive! Watch it below, or on EAA's web site!

Don't Miss Tonight's SubSonex Webinar!
05-13-15

Be sure to catch tonight's EAA-hosted SubSonex flight training webinar at 7pm Central Time! "Flying a Jet-Powered Glider and the SubSonex Jet" will be presented by Sonex CEO and recently transitioned SubSonex pilot Jeremy Monnett. Space is limited, so Sign-Up Now!

New SubSonex Airshow Video Posted Today!
Check-out the latest SubSonex video featuring Bob Carlton flying JSX-2 at the Central Texas Airshow! Bob's next performance will be at the Rocky Mountain Airshow on the weekend of May 29th. See the full schedule!

Learn More About the SubSonex and GET YOUR JET Today!

Sonex Events: You're Invited!
SubSonex Training Webinar; Rocky Mountain
Airshow; May 30-31 Sonex Builders Workshop
05-07-15

Several exciting events are coming-up for current and prospective Sonex Aircraft customers!

May 13: SubSonex Training Webinar

On May 13, 2015 at 7pm central time, Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett will present an EAA-hosted webinar entitled "Flying a Jet-Powered Glider and the SubSonex Jet".

Do you ever dream of flying a jet? The SubSonex Personal Jet offers that opportunity in a more-affordable and accessible way than ever before! In this webinar, Jeremy discusses his experience completing the BonusJet TST-14 training program, eventually leading to his first flights in the SubSonex. This transition training program offers turbine engine system training with the PBS TJ-100 engine that is used by both the BonusJet TST-14 and the SubSonex, offering an avenue for pilots with no previous turbine experience to earn their LOA (letter of authorization) to fly the SubSonex Jet! Those with a glider rating can also earn an LOA for the BonusJet via this program. This EAA Webinar qualifies for FAA Wings Credit.

Space is limited, so Sign-Up Today!

May 29-31: SubSonex Flies the Rocky Mountain Airshow

After outstanding performances at Sun 'n Fun 2015 and the Central Texas air shows, Bob Carlton continues the inaugeral season of the SubSonex aerobatic air show act at the Rocky Mountain Airshow on May 29-31 in Aurora, CO. See the SubSonex in-action!

May 30-31: You're Invited to the 60th Sonex Builders Workshop!


Interested in building a Sonex Aircraft? Space is still available for our 60th Sonex Builders Workshop, scheduled for May 30-31, 2015 here at the Sonex factory in Oshkosh! The $200 registration fee is available for credit toward your plans or kit purchase, and allows you to bring a guest to the Workshop for free. 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 Spring, 2015 Workshop:
    Read a full report from our last Workshop, March 7-8, and learn what's in-store for your May, 2015 Summer Workshop experience, on our web site News Archive.
     
  • Read About Our Workshops and Transition Training in Kitplanes Magazine!
    The Sonex Builders Workshop program is prominently featured in the January, 2015 issue of Kitplanes Magazine! The six-page feature, "Building Before Buying" by Scott M. Spangler, gives a detailed first-hand account of the typical experience at our seminar. The article is now available for free download from our web site: Read it Today!

    Kitplanes Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye also made his first visit to the Sonex Aircraft campus last summer, going-through our T-Flight Transition Training course with Chief Flight Instructor Joe Norris. The experience impressed Paul so much that he and his wife decided to buy a Xenos Motorglider kit! Read Paul's article about T-Flight, "Getting a Good Start" as a free download from our web site!
     
  • 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!

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Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Lindsey Doughty Celebrates 1 Year of Service!
05-07-15

Congratulations to Lindsey Doughty who celebrates her first service anniversary at Sonex Aircraft, LLC this month! As a CSR, Lindsey handles all incoming orders, manages kit shipment paperwork and scheduling, and much more.

When working with Lindsey you are sure to experience excellent customer service from someone whose goal is to make sure each and every Sonex customer is assisted with a smile.

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

Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Jason Kmecheck Celebrates 1 Year of Service!
05-07-15

Congratulations to Jason Kmecheck who celebrated his first year of employment at Sonex Aircraft, LLC last month! Jason joined us in April of 2014 as a CAD Draftsman with a degree in Mechanical Design with an emphasis on 3D Solid Modeling and Rapid Prototyping.

An Army veteran, Jason served for 6 years as a UH-60 Blackhawk mechanic.

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

Sonex First Flight: John Dilks
05-05-15

Congratulations to John Dilks of Lincolnshire, England whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1493) flew for the first time on April 21st! "Clive Davidson (pilot for the first flight) said she flew well," writes John, "light on the controls, quiet and smooth. Thanks to the Sonex team for the support and help over the last 4 years!" Gold Wings are on the way to John!

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