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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
May-June, 2016

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First B-Model Kits Shipped This Week!
06-30-16

Sonex and Waiex B-Model Kits:

Sonex Aircraft is excited to announce the first customer shipments of Sonex and Waiex B-Model kits! Two Waiex-B Kit Minus Tail packages and one Sonex-B Wing Conversion Kit left our warehouse this afternoon, with several more kits scheduled to ship over the coming weeks!

This event marks a significant milestone in an intensive new aircraft development program that only began last Fall. Our thanks and congratulations go-out to the entire Sonex Aircraft team who worked so hard to design, prototype, test, produce, organize, market, sell, pack and ship this new aircraft model in such a short period of time. We are very excited for early B-Model customers to experience all of the enhancements and the high quality put into these new kits.

Progress continues on the first customer B-Model Quick Build Kits, which will begin shipping immediately after EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, and will be on-display in the Sonex shop for viewing during Sonex factory tours throughout the show!

The B-Model will be on-display in the Sonex Aircraft booth at AirVenture 2016, Booth# 622 in the North Aircraft Display Area. Be sure to check it out!

Learn More About the B-Models!

See How our Kits are Packed and Shipped!

Sonex Aircraft in the News: SubSonex Personal Jet Featured in Twin & Turbine Magazine
06-29-16

SubSonex Quick Build Kit: $42,000

The SubSonex Personal Jet is in the news again, this time with a flight review by pilot/author Matthew McDaniel for Twin & Turbine magazine. Not only does the July issue of the publication feature the SubSonex, but the aircraft is this month's "Featured Plane!"

"Microjet Fun - Flying the SubSonex, with a Bonus!" can be read in the magazine's digital edition, and on page 6 of the print edition. Matt McDaniel covers the SubSonex aircraft, the transition training process with Desert Aerospace's BonusJet, and the SubSonex permanent LOA checkride process. With the availability of BonusJet training with the TJ-100 turbojet engine system, SubSonex pilots have an established avenue for qualifying and preparing to fly the single-place SubSonex.

The SubSonex will once again be featured at Sonex Aircraft, LLC's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 display, and in airshow performances throughout the week flown by 2015 Bill Barber award winner Bob Carlton.

With the SubSonex's new kit pricing, announced earlier this year, you too can be a jet pilot - pick-up your SubSonex Quick Build Kit for only $42K! Don't forget, you can see the SubSonex in action anytime via our YouTube channel's SubSonex playlist!

Learn More About the SubSonex Personal Jet!

New Events Added to Builders' Events Calendar!
06-27-16

New Events have been added to the Sonex Builders' Events Calendar on our web site!

Grass roots Sonex builder events are a great way to network and see other builders' projects.

Submit your own event!

Sonex Fly-Mart:
Pre-Order Clearance Items Online!
06-24-16

Sonex Fly-Mart
Clearance Items:

In-preparation for the Sonex Fly-Mart at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, Fly-Mart Clearance Items have been posted to our Sonex Web Store!

Items ranging from used instruments to discontinued upholstery, Sonex and Waiex Legacy (A-Model) overstock and more can be pre-ordered for pickup at the AirVenture Sonex Fly-Mart, or we can ship the items to you!

See our Web Store for some great deals!

Read More about Sonex Events at AirVenture!

Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Mark Schaible Celebrates 12 Years of Service!
06-24-16

Congratulations to Mark Schaible, who celebrates his 12-year employment anniversary at Sonex Aircraft, LLC this month! Mark has been with Sonex Aircraft in a full-time capacity since June of 2004, and worked part-time and as a freelance contractor for Sonex beginning in 2003. Mark currently serves as General Manager for Sonex Aircraft and is responsible for most of the company's day-to-day operations while continuing to focus on sales, advertising, & public relations.

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

AirVenture is Coming Soon:
Make AirVenture Pickup Orders and Factory Tour Reservations Today; Check-out our Fly-Mart!
06-15-16



Don't miss the B-Models at AirVenture 2016!


Check-out the action from AirVenture 2015
to see what you can expect!

As always, Sonex Aircraft will be exhibiting at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show. Stop by and see us in the North Aircraft Display area Booth 622!

Factory Tours Daily!
Sonex will be offering tours of our factory headquarters facility every morning, Monday July 25th through Friday July 29th at 9am, and Saturday July 30th 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 24 (Sonex Open House): 10am to 2pm
  • Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29: 8am to 11:00am

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

Sonex Warehouse Fly-Mart:
Sonex Aircraft will have several miscellaneous items available for sale at deeply discounted prices, including discontinued upholstery, used instruments, etc. in the Sonex Warehouse during the following dates & times:

  • Sunday, July 24 (Sonex Open House): 10am to 2pm
  • Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29: 8am to 11:00am

Be sure to check our Company Events page often, as we post more AirVenture information, including forum schedules, in the coming weeks!

Sonex First Flight: Scott Sarkinen
06-09-16

Congratulations to Scott Sarkinen of Yacolt, Washington, whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 512) flew for the first time on June 7th! Gold Wings are on the way!

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Sonex First Flight: Scott Meyer
06-09-16

Congratulations to Scott Meyer of Dublin, Ohio, whose AeroVee powered, tri-gear Sonex (S/N 1629) flew for the first time on June 4th! "Everything performed as planned and the T-Flight training with Joe came back to me as I entered the runway for takeoff at Union County Airport in Marysville, Ohio." writes Scott. "Thanks for making a long time dream of mine come true with your kit and engine! I would also like to send out thanks to the Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation (especially Mike Farley and Robbie Culver) for their support during the build and first flight preparations." Gold Wings are on the way to Scott!

View the Latest Sonex Aircraft Completions

Sonex First Flight: Dustin Christie
06-09-16

Congratulations to Dustin Christie of Petersburg, Indiana, whose Corvair powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 334) flew for the first time on June 3rd! "First flight on 6-3-16 was a success!" writes Dustin. "The 120hp corvair engine ran great." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Sonex First Flight: Gary Cook
06-09-16

Congratulations to Gary Cook of Ontario, California, whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1662) flew for the first time on May 27th! "The plane flew great and handled perfectly," writes Gary, "it was a joy to fly. I would like to say thank you to all that helped me: Fred, Arron, Darrell, Jennifer and Matt at MGL Avionics, but not the least the staff at Sonex Technical Support and T-Flight Transition Training for making the first flight safe and fun." Gold Wings are on the way to Gary!

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Sonex First Flight: Alan Lavender
06-09-16

Congratulations to Alan Lavender of Newburyport, Massachussetts, whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1589) flew for the first time on May 25th! "I thank Sonex for designing such a great plane," writes Al. "I want to thank my wife, son Roy, Mike Smith, Dana Thurston, Dan Raycroft, Bill Waters, Brian Lloyd, Tech Advisor Bob DiMeo and all the members of EAA Chapter 106 for all their help, advice and encouragement. May every Sonex builder have the support from people such as these." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Making Warehouse Space for B-Models:
Take Advantage of Your Last Chance to Start an A-Model Project, and Save Big!
05-20-16

Order Now through July 1st and receive $1,500 off legacy "A-Model" Sonex or Waiex Complete Airframe Kits, Quick Build Kits, or Kit-Minus-Tail Packages. Order a legacy Fuselage or Wing Sub-Kit and save $750!

Legacy, or "A-Model" Sonex and Waiex kits are being discontinued in-favor of the new B-Models. After July 1st, only existing planholders will be able to order legacy model kits to finish their projects.* If you're still interested in the A-Models and want to save, order today!

Note that legacy model Sub-Kit lead times will increase after July 1st, as inventory is depleted.

*Sonex plans still available for scratch builders.

Sonex Kits:

Complete Airframe Kit:
$17,495 $15,995

Quick Build Kit:
$29,495 $27,995

Kit-Minus-Tail Package:
$15,445 $13,945

Fuselage Sub-Kit:
$5,040 $4,290

Wing Sub-Kit:
$6,620 $5,870

Waiex Kits:

Complete Airframe Kit:
$17,995 $16,495

Quick Build Kit:
$29,995 $28,495

Kit-Minus-Tail Package:
$16,245 $14,745

Fuselage Sub-Kit:
$5,620 $4,870

Wing Sub-Kit:
$6,620 $5,870

Learn More about Sonex Aircraft Kit Options

Sonex First Flight: William Kortens
05-24-16

Congratulations to William Kortens of Black Creek, Wisconsin, whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1114) flew for the first time on May 20th! "Thank you everyone for your great airplane kit, building support, and transition training," writes Bill. Gold Wings are on the way!

View the Latest Sonex Aircraft Completions

Sonex First Flight: Ervin and Jerilyn Geiger
05-24-16

Congratulations to Ervin and Jerilyn Geiger of Columbia City, Indiana, whose AeroVee powered, tri-gear Sonex (S/N 1558) flew for the first time on May 19th! "I got to be the test pilot for the first flight of my wife’s Sonex tri-gear that she built (under my watchful eye of course :)," writes Ervin. "Being a retired math teacher, and downright meticulous to building details, her precision shows by the way the airplane flies, stable as if it were on rails! Many thanks go out to Joe and Tom with the Sonex Factory T-Flight training program. The transitional training made the first flight such a joy. If anyone is trying to decide whether or not to spend the money to do the T-Flight my advice is to do it. It will be the best money you will spend to get your new airplane into the air safely while minimizing first-flight stress." Gold Wings are on the way to the Geigers!

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NKET Audits B-Models and Xenos Quick Build
05-18-16

Sonex Aircraft is proud to host the FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) again this week, as they audit the new Sonex and Waiex B-Model kits, and the new Xenos Motorglider Quick Build Kit!

NKET evaluation is used to establish a kit's compliance with Experimental Amateur Built aircraft "major portion" or "51 percent" rules. FAA NKET Amateur-Built Fabrication and Assembly Checklists for the new Sonex Aircraft kit offerings will be completed during this week's visit, and once approved by the FAA, will be available for download from the FAA database. More information about the NKET process, along with links to our current kit checklists may be found on our Aircraft Certification Page. Once final checklists are posted by the FAA, Sonex Aircraft will notify builders and post links to our web site.

Builders use these checklists to simplify the airworthiness inspection process for their completed aircraft. NKET checklists are especially important for kit sales in many foreign markets, where U.S. Experimental Amateur Built rules are often used as boilerplate definitions of their own regulations.

The NKET is once again using Sonex Aircraft to train new team members during this audit. Sonex hosted the very first organization and training exercises for the NKET in 2009, and participated in the ARC committee tasked with evaluating the EAB regulations, ultimately resulting in the NKET's formation. In hosting this latest batch of NKET trainees, Sonex is proud to continue its leadership role in the future of our industry!

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Learn More About Xenos Quick Build Kits

Xenos First Flight: Paul Westman
05-17-16

Congratulations to Paul Westman of Temora, New South Wales Australia, whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Xenos (S/N X0025) flew for the first time on May 16th! "The flight went well with no real problems," writes Paul. "I found the aircraft a delight to fly and very stable... Thanks to neighbour, Simon Pike, for assistance throughout the build." Gold Wings are on the way to Paul!

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Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Jason Kmecheck Celebrates 2 Years of Service!
05-16-16

Congratulations to Jason Kmecheck who celebrated his 2-year employment anniversary 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 Employee Anniversaries:
Lindsey Doughty Celebrates 2 Years of Service!
05-13-16

Congratulations to Lindsey Doughty who celebrates 2 years of service 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!

B-Model Conversion Kits Now Available!
05-09-16

Due to popular demand, B-Model Conversion Kits are now available! Builders with existing legacy Sonex or Waiex projects may convert their aircraft to a B-Model and Sonex Aircraft is now accepting orders for Conversion Kits!


B-Model Conversion Kits:
Convert your existing Sonex or Waiex project to a B-Model for under $10,000 (base price)!


See All Pricing and

PDF Order Form


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Waiex B-Model Achieves First Flight!
05-06-16

Sonex Aircraft is pleased to announce that the first prototype of the new Sonex and Waiex B-Model designs, Waiex-B N112YB "The Spirit of Red One," achieved its first flight this morning! Sonex T-Flight Chief Flight Instructor Joe Norris had the honor of conducting this morning's first flight in the AeroVee Turbo powered Waiex-B. "Temperatures were in the green and it flies like a Sonex!" reported Joe.


Waiex-B N112YB, "The Spirit of Red One," taxi's out for it's first flight on the morning of May 6th, 2016. "Temperatures were in the green and it flies like a Sonex!" reports test pilot Joe Norris.

Joe is all smiles and gives a thumbs-up as he taxi's back to the Sonex ramp after the new aircraft's first flight!

The Waiex-B over Oshkosh's runway 18 during its successful first flight on the morning of May 6, 2016.

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