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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
March-April, 2009

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New Sonex Video Tip: Canopy Fitting
04-24-09


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The latest in the EAA Hints for Homebuilders video series features Sonex Aircraft, LLC Founder and President John Monnett's techniques for Cutting and Fitting Sonex Aircraft Canopies.

You can see a complete index of Sonex-relevant EAA Hints for Homebuilders videos on our Sonex Video Tips page.

This technique and many others are demonstrated at Sonex Aircraft Builder's Workshops. Note that space is still available for the May 2-3 Sonex Workshop, so Sign Up Today!

Sonex Aircraft Superior LSA Affordability Featured in Aviator's Hotline Light Edition
04-24-09

The superior affordability of Sonex Aircraft, compared with other LSA aircraft, is featured in the April issue of the Light Aviation Edition of Aviator's Hotline magazine. The Light Aviation Edition is an electronic e-zine, and the article details what you can do with money saved when building a Sonex Aircraft vs. purchasing a competing LSA. The article also features some very cool, never seen before video footage of Sonex Aircraft!

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AeroVee Nikasil Cylinder UltraFlight Radio Interview Available for Download
04-24-09

Sonex Aircraft CEO and General Manager Jeremy Monnett was interviewed on the UltraFlight Radio Show last week regarding the new AeroVee Engine Kit Nikasil Cylinder Upgrade.

The interview is now available for download from the UltraFlight Radio web site's archived shows.

Read the AeroConversions Nikasil Cylinder Press Release

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Space Available for May Sonex Workshop!
04-22-09

Space is still available for the May 2-3, 2009 Sonex Builder's Workshop! The Sonex workshop, held at our factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, gives you the opportunity to meet the Sonex Staff, learn about the history of the Sonex Design and its philosophy, learn all of the ins and outs of Sonex Construction, and Gain confidence in your own abilities as you build a piece of the Sonex wing to take home with you. Significant Kit and Plans Discount incentives are offered to those who attend. Sign up Today!

See Pictures From Our Last Workshop!

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Sonex First Flight: Joseph Urban
04-21-09

Congratulations to Joseph Urban of Sobieski, Wisconsin whose AeroVee powered, Tri-Gear Sonex (S/N 594) flew for the first time on April 15! "The first flight was everything I hoped for," writes Joe. "it was great!" Gold Wings are on the way to Joe!

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Sonex First Flight: Clinton Fruit
04-21-09

Congratulations to Clinton Fruit of Dodgeville, Wisconsin whose AeroVee powered, Tri-Gear Sonex (S/N 828) flew for the first time on April 15! "The Sonex, AeroVee engine and the AeroCarb worked perfectly in the 45 minutes I flew it," reported Clinton. Gold Wings are on the way to Clinton!

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New Sonex Video Tip: Drilling Plexiglas
04-21-09


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The latest in the EAA Hints for Homebuilders video series features Sonex Aircraft, LLC Founder and President John Monnett's techniques for Drilling Plexiglas canopy material.

You can see a complete index of Sonex-relevant EAA Hints for Homebuilders videos on our Sonex Video Tips page.

This technique and many others are demonstrated at Sonex Aircraft Builder's Workshops. Note that space is still available for the May 2-3 Sonex Workshop, so Sign Up Today!

Sonex First Flight: Rodney Dunham
04-21-09

Congratulations to Rodney Dunham of Knoxville, Tennessee who recently reported the November, 2008 first flight of his Jabiru 3300 powered, Standard Gear Sonex (S/N 260)! "N260SX took flight for the first time 29 NOV 2008 with retired NASA test pilot Glen Pingry at the controls," writes Rodney. "Much thanks to Chris Boultinghouse for a superb job of airframe construction. Kudos to John Davis, without who's help 260 would still be in my garage." Gold Wings are on the way to Rodney!

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1/3rd Scale Waiex Model Flies!
04-21-09

Carlos Rangel of Bridgewater, VA recently completed a meticulous 1/3rd scale flying model of the Waiex! Carlos plans to compete with the aircraft at this year's Top Gun Scale Invitational meet to be held in Lakeland, FL this May.

Sonex Builder Shane Fewings Wins
Australian LAA Crusader Cup
04-21-09

Sonex builder Shane Fewings was recently awarded the Crusader Cup by the Australian Lightweight Aircraft Association (LAA) for his AeroVee powered, Standard Gear Sonex (S/N 386). Fewings' Sonex was imported to Australia as a partially completed aircraft. The project was originally started by Patrick Connor of Appleton, WI, was later sold to Drew Waterworth (builder of Waiex S/N W0024), who sold it to Fewings. Fewings gives most of the credit to Waterworth and Connor for the aircraft's award-winning condition. "Patrick did the lions share of the work," Comments Fewings. "He did a beautiful job. Drew also did some work as well and advised me along the way."

The Crusader Cup has previously been awarded to another Sonex builder, Stuart Trist (S/N 181) in 2008.

AeroVee Nikasil Cylinder Upgrade to be Featured on UltraFlight Radio Interview
04-13-09

Sonex Aircraft CEO and General Manager Jeremy Monnett will be interviewed on the UltraFlight Radio Show tomorrow (Tuesday, April 14) at 12:35 pm Central Time (1:35 Eastern, 10:35 Pacific) regarding the new AeroVee Engine Kit Nikasil Cylinder Upgrade.

You can listen live from the UltraFlight Radio web site, and the interview will be archived and posted to our Press Articles page next week.

Affordable Nikasil Cylinders
Now Available for AeroVee!

04-09-09

 

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is pleased to announce another new enhancement to the popular AeroConversions AeroVee Engine Kit with the introduction of weight-saving Nikasil Cylinders. The Nikasil Cylinder upgrade package reduces AeroVee Engine weight by just over 9 lbs and is offered at significantly lower cost than Nikasil or comparable NiCom kits offered by competing VW conversion manufacturers. A new AeroVee Engine Kit can be upgraded with a Nikasil Cylinder set for $500. Existing AeroVee engine customers may purchase the Nikasil Cylinder upgrade for $750. Equipped with Nikasil Cylinders, the AeroVee Engine Kit is the lightest-weight fully-featured 2180cc VW aircraft conversion available in the marketplace today, at 152 lbs less oil and exhaust.

Nikasil is a trademarked electrodeposited oleophilic nickel matrix silicon carbide coating for piston engine components. AeroVee Nikasil coated aluminum cylinders replace standard cast iron cylinders, saving 37 ounces per cylinder and offering superior resistance to corrosion and wear. AeroConversions Nikasil Cylinder sets include Nikasil-coated aluminum cylinders, graphite-coated cast aluminum pistons, wrist pins, wrist pin snap rings, and piston rings.

Find Out More about the AeroVee 2.1 Engine Kit!

Read the AeroConversions Nikasil Cylinder Press Release

Announcing New Sub-Kit Discount Incentive!
04-03-09

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is pleased to announce a new Sub-Kit Discount Incentive for Sonex or Waiex Tail Kit purchasers! If a builder starts construction with a Tail Kit, and decides to purchase all remaining Sub-Kits in one purchase, a $2,000 discount will apply to the bulk purchase. This new Bulk Purchase Discount incentive narrows the gap between the cost of a Sonex or Waiex Complete Airframe Kit with Machined Angle Component upgrade (Machined Angle Components are included in all Sonex and Waiex Sub-Kits) and the cost of Sub-Kit building.

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Sonex First Flight: Robert Barber
03-31-09

Congratulations to Robert Barber of Bryan, Texas whose Jabiru 3300 powered, Standard Gear Sonex (S/N 271) flew for the first time on March 29! "Words cannot describe what a great feeling it is to have all this work come to this moment," commented Robert. "Special thanks to Mike Singleton for all of his help and guidance, all the members of [Sonex discussion groups], who always seem to have answered the questions somewhere, Sonex Aircraft, LLC for the suburb design, detailed drawings, and great all around support, and of course my wife, for putting up with aluminum chips in the carpet, ugly noises in the garage, etc." Gold Wings are on the way to Robert!

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Sonex First Flight: Donald Stark
03-27-09

Congratulations to Donald Stark and build partner Tom Sartorius of Houston, Texas whose Jabiru 3300 powered, Standard Gear Sonex (S/N 700) flew for the first time on March 20! "On take-off the tail was up in the blink of an eye and was airborne shortly thereafter," reported Tom and Don. "Many thanks go out to Kerry, Jeremy and the Sonex team for all their patience and support. Thanks also go out to Mike Singleton here in Houston for his invaluable help along the way. Texas is on their way to having quite a fleet of Sonex Aircraft – a testament to the excellent design, performance, affordability and support! We hope to see all of you at AirVenture this year!" Gold Wings are on the way to Don!

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Sonex Forums Scheduled for Sun 'n Fun
03-19-09

Sonex staff member Kerry Fores will be flying his Jabiru 3300-powered Sonex Aircraft, "Metal Illness" to Sun 'n Fun 2009 for a few days and presenting forums about Sonex Aircraft. You'll be able to find him on the flight line in the homebuilt parking area. Sonex will also be giving a Fly-In Participation Award for all Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos Aircraft that make the trip to Sun 'n' Fun.

Sonex/Sun 'n Fun Forum Schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 21, 1:00pm, Tent 11: "Sonex and the Sport Pilot"
     
  • Wednesday, April 22, 9:00am, Tent 11: "Powering the Sonex Airframes"

Note: Sonex Aircraft, LLC will once again not have an official exhibitor presence at Sun 'n Fun in 2009. Find out More.

Sonex in the News: John Monnett Podcast Interview on AirPigz Blog
03-05-09

Martt Clupper of the AirPigz aviation blog visited the Sonex Aircraft factory on February 20th to interview Sonex Aircraft, LLC Founder and President John Monnett. The 53 minute podcast interview is available in its entirety at www.AirPigz.com

The interview covers John's history in aviation, through his design of the Sonerai, Monerai, Moni and Monex Racer, his current efforts with Sonex Aircraft, LLC and AeroConversions Products, and the future of aviation in electric flight via our E-Flight Initiative. A seven minute promo, featuring the E-Flight Initiative segment of the interview, is also airing on Flight Line Radio.

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Sonex First Flight: Germán Cárdenas
03-05-09

Congratulations to Germán Cárdenas of Quito, Ecuador whose AeroVee powered, Tri-Gear Sonex (S/N 1204) flew for the first time on March 1, making it the first Sonex Aircraft to fly in the country of Ecuador! "I have been waiting for this moment for so long, so it was one of the happiest moments of my life," writes Germán. "Thanks to all the Sonex team for the support, specially to Kerry and Mark. Thanks to my friend Edson who has worked so hard to make this dream happen. Thanks to Phil Simon for coming here to fly, and test the first Sonex AeroVee powered aircraft in Ecuador.  If I had to do it again certainly I would." Gold Wings are on the way to Germán!

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North Florida Sonex Fest a Great Day
03-05-09

Sonex Aircraft builders Dan Weseman, Eric Williams and Chris Smith organized the North Florida Sonex Fest on Saturday, February 28th, hosted at Dan's home and hangar on Haller Airpark in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Approximately 40 Sonex Aircraft enthusiasts and their families were in attendance throughout the event, which included a rib building demonstration, fly-by's, an aerobatic demonstration, lots of great food, a bonfire and plenty of hangar talk. In addition to Dan and Chris's aircraft, Tony Lewis and George Barth flew-in with their Sonex Aircraft as well.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC would like to thank Dan, Eric and Chris for hosting another wonderful grass-roots Sonex builders' event!

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Sonex First Flight: Charles Mulloy
03-05-09

Congratulations to Charles Mulloy of Surprise, Arizona whose VW powered, Tri-Gear Sonex (S/N 905) flew for the first time on February 28. Gold Wings are on the way to Charles!

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Sonex First Flight: Lou Riekert
03-05-09

Congratulations to Lou Riekert of Pasadena, Texas whose Jabiru 3300 powered, Standard Gear Sonex (S/N 902) flew for the first time on February 22. Gold Wings are on the way to Lou!

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