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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
November-December, 2015

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Sonex Aircraft!
12-23-15

From our family to yours, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A reminder: Sonex Aircraft will be closed for the Christmas and New Year's Holidays, as-well as year-end inventory activities, from Thursday December 24th through Friday January 1st. Email inquiries will be checked on a limited basis, and responses will be made as time allows, in order of urgency.

Thank You to all of our customers and friends for your business and support in 2015. We'll see you next year!

See the Sonex Aircraft Events Calendar

You're Invited: Sonex Builders Workshop, February 27-28th, 2016!
12-21-15

Interested in building a Sonex Aircraft? We will be holding our 62nd Sonex Builders Workshop, on February 27-28, 2016 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 Fall, 2015 Workshop:
Read a full report from our last Workshop, October 3-4, and learn what's in-store for your February, 2016 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 a visit to the Sonex Aircraft campus, going-through our T-Flight Transition Training course with Chief Flight Instructor Joe Norris for the February, 2015 issue of Kitplanes Magazine. 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 is typically a long list of post-workshop kit and engine orders.

Experience the Sonex Workshop AND a Sonex Aircraft Flight with our T-Flight Program (Weather Permitting):
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!

Find Area Lodging and Attractions!

See the Report From Our October Workshop!

Reminder: Sonex Holiday Shutdown
December 24th Through January 1st
12-18-15

Sonex Aircraft will be closed for the Christmas and New Year's Holidays, as-well as year-end inventory activities, from Thursday December 24 through Friday January 1. If you still have to place a small order that you need to receive before the New Year, or you're looking to reserve that perfect gift for the pilot in your life, Contact Us today!

Send a Sonex Gift Certificate!

Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Steve Severson Celebrates 2 Years of Service!
12-09-15

Congratulations to Steve Severson, who celebrates his 2-year employment anniversary at Sonex Aircraft, LLC this month! A US Navy veteran, Steve joined the Sonex staff as a Purchasing Agent in December, 2013, and now also runs our Warehouse operations. Steve has a diverse background in the warehouse and inventory fields and is a recent graduate from FVTC with an Associates of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management. In addition, he also graduated from FVTC in 2000 with a A.A.S. in Computer Networking.

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

Sonex First Flight: Dennis Wright
12-09-15

 

Congratulations to Dennis Wright of Charlotte, North Carolina, whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1153) flew for the first time on December 6th! "...all I can say is WHAT A RUSH!" writes Dennis. "Plane and engine performed great. Transition training in October made the first flight less tense…well maybe a little less tense. Thanks to Joe Norris and Bob Helm for all of the coaching from the right seat during my training in Oshkosh. A big thanks to my wife for lending the sometimes needed additional hands and for stitching up the upholstery. A special thanks to Rick Basco, Onex #087, for all of his help along the way... To all the builders out there, keep going... the effort is well worth it." Gold Wings are on the way to Dennis!

View the Latest Sonex Aircraft Completions

Sonex Education Initiative News: Sport Aircraft Club of South Australia Achieves First Flight!
12-04-15  

Sonex Aircraft is pleased to announce the completion of a Sonex Education Initiative aircraft project! Congratulations to the Sport Aircraft Club of South Australia whose tri-gear AeroVee powered Sonex (S/N 1631) flew for the first time on November 21st!

"The Sonex flew perfectly as expected and we are looking forward to flying off the test period so that the builders and club members can experience the aircraft," writes Chris Moore, president of SACSA. "This project has been an initiative of the SACSA to promote aviation to young people in South Australia through the hands-on experience of building and flying a two-seat light sport aircraft. Many thanks to Sonex Aircraft for supporting this educational project and help along the way. Jeremy was a strong supporter and we are very sad he did not get to celebrate this milestone. This was a great experience for all concerned and we would like to share the knowledge gained during the build and encourage any groups considering a similar project. If you would like to know more, please contact me via the contact page on our web site.


EAA Give Flight Project Moves Ahead
at EAA Chapter 555!

The pair of Waiex wings constructed during AirVenture 2015 for the EAA Give Flight Project have finally been delivered to the winning organization, EAA Chapter 555, by EAA headquarters staff member Brett Hahn, an EAA 555 member. In the meantime, all remaining Waiex Sub-Kits were delivered by Sonex Aircraft, LLC in October, and the chapter has made tremendous progress thus-far. See construction updates on thier Facebook page!


Pathways to Flight Foundation Now on Facebook!

Another Sonex Education Initiative project, the Pathways to Flight Foundation, continues work on their Sonex project with area youth in Dubois County, Indiana. The organization now has a Facebook page to further promote the organization and attract funding. "Like" and share it today!

Learn More About the Sonex Education Initiative!

View the Latest Sonex Aircraft Completions

Onex First Flight: Stan Hohulin
12-04-15  

Congratulations to Stan Hohulin of Kingston, Tennessee whose standard gear AeroVee powered Onex (S/N ONX0114) flew for the first time on November 27th! "[Sonex T-Flight] Transition training in June was a tremendous confidence booster," writes Stan. "Joe Norris and Bob Helm were great. Excellent group at the Sonex facility. Special thanks to Morrie Caudill (Onex 107) and Dudley Foster (Onex 54) for their technical and moral support. Beautiful morning in E. Tennessee for the first flight. Engine and plane performed flawlessly. No control surface adjustment required. Great kit, Great plane, Great Company." Gold Wings are on the way to Stan!

View the Latest Sonex Aircraft Completions

Happy Thanksgiving!
11-26-15  

From our family to yours, Sonex Aircraft would like to wish all of our friends around the world a very happy Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed for the holiday on November 26th through 29th, and we will reopen again on Monday, November 30th.

Contacting Sonex

One Day Left to Save: Sonex 'Blue Sky Wednesday' Specials End Tomorrow!
11-24-15  

"Blue Sky Wednesday" Specials expire TOMORROW! Place a new order before Thanksgiving Day,* and receive the following offers.

Get Your Winter Project Going with Kit Savings:

Ready for the Engine? Get Free Stuff with Your AeroVee or AeroVee Turbo Order:

*Order Deadline: Wednesday, November 25th at 5pm Central Time.
*Quick Build Fuselage or Wing Sub-Kits Receive 5% Sub-Kit Offer.

AeroVee Turbo Now Approved in the UK!
If you have a homebuilt aircraft project in the United Kingdom, the AeroVee Turbo is now approved by the LAA as an option for your aircraft! Contact our UK dealer to buy or upgrade today!

Don't Forget Our Latest Kit Purchase Enhancements!

  • Quick Build Sub-Kits Now Available
  • All Quick Builds Now Constructed 100% In-House at the Sonex Factory in Oshkosh, WI, USA for Superior Quality and Shorter Lead Times
  • Credit Card Restrictions Eliminated for the US and Canada
  • Flexible Firewall-Forward Equipment Options for Kits
  • New Horizontal Split Universal Cowlings

See More Sonex Aircraft Kit Options and Features!

Learn More About AeroVee Engines and AeroConversions Products!

AeroVee Turbo Now Approved in the UK!
11-18-15  

If you have a homebuilt aircraft project in the United Kingdom, the AeroVee Turbo is now approved by the LAA as an option for your aircraft! Contact our UK dealer to buy or upgrade today!

Learn More About AeroVee Engines and AeroConversions Products!

Thank You Veterans!
11-11-15

Sonex Aircraft would like to take this opportunity to Thank Our Veterans across the country and around the world on this Veterans Day for their service to our country, including our own Kerry Fores, Steven Severson and Jason Kmecheck!


Kerry Fores:
U.S. Air Force


Steve Severson:
U.S. Navy


Jason Kmecheck:
U.S. Army

Read More About Sonex Aircraft Staff!

Xenos First Flight: John Styers
11-10-15

 

Congratulations to John Styers of Louisburg, North Carolina, whose AeroVee powered Xenos (S/N X0018) flew for the first time on October 31st! "The second flight was landed as a glider with the engine shut off," writes John, "Very easy aircraft to fly." Gold Wings are on the way!

View the Latest Sonex Aircraft Completions

Sonex First Flight: Michael DeFeyter
11-10-15

 

Congratulations to Michael DeFeyter of Towradgi, NSW Australia, whose standard gear VW powered Sonex (S/N 145) flew for the first time on November 7th! "I was very nervous all week as I knew this moment was coming," writes Michael, "but once I was lined up and pushed that throttle forward though all my nerves went away and I just got into flying mode. Total flight time was about 20 minutes and I enjoyed every second of it. So much so that I will probably have to go do it again tomorrow." Gold Wings are on the way to Michael! See his first flight on our Sonex Flying Stories YouTube Playlist.

View the Latest Sonex Aircraft Completions

Sonex First Flight: Yves Deweer
11-10-15

 

Congratulations to Yves Deweer of Costa Rica, whose tri-gear Sonex (S/N 1679) flew for the first time on November 2nd! "Was a great day," writes Yves, who built using a Sonex Quick Build Kit received via ocean container in May, 2015. Gold Wings are on the way!

View the Latest Sonex Aircraft Completions

Beat the Black Friday Rush and Save with Sonex 'Blue Sky Wednesday' Specials!
11-04-15  

Does the annual Thanksgiving holiday Black Friday tradition make you want to retreat to your pilot cave? Now you can get-in on the savings and beat the rush with our "Blue Sky Wednesday" Specials! Order anytime before Thanksgiving Day,* and receive the following offers.

Get Your Winter Project Going with Kit Savings:

Ready for the Engine? Get Free Stuff with Your AeroVee or AeroVee Turbo Order:

*Order Deadline: Wednesday, November 25th at 5pm Central Time.
*Quick Build Fuselage or Wing Sub-Kits Receive 5% Sub-Kit Offer.

Don't Forget Our Latest Kit Purchase Enhancements!

  • Quick Build Sub-Kits Now Available
  • All Quick Builds Now Constructed 100% In-House at the Sonex Factory in Oshkosh, WI, USA for Superior Quality and Shorter Lead Times
  • Credit Card Restrictions Eliminated for the US and Canada
  • Flexible Firewall-Forward Equipment Options for Kits
  • New Horizontal Split Universal Cowlings

See More Sonex Aircraft Kit Options and Features!

Learn More About AeroVee Engines and AeroConversions Products!



 

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