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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
November-December, 2009

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The SubSonex Jet Runs!
12-23-09

Sonex aircraft, LLC is pleased to announce that the SubSonex jet aircraft prototype has been run on Friday, December 18, melting some snow on the Sonex Aircraft ramp!

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Sign-Up for Our February Sonex Builder's Workshop and Meet a U2 and SR-71 Pilot!
12-17-09

Space is still available for the February 6-7 Sonex Aircraft Builder Workshop, so sign-up today to learn more about building a Sonex, Waiex or Xenos! Significant kit discounts are offered to those who attend.

February Workshop attendees receive a special treat: an opportunity to attend the EAA Chapter 252 annual banquet, held in the EAA AirVenture Museum's new Founders Wing. This year's Banquet features guest speaker Air Force Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Halloran, a former pilot of both the U2 and SR-71! A long time EAA member, Halloran also has an extensive background flying vintage and sport aircraft.

The Banquet is held on Saturday, February 6th, includes a catered buffet, and features door prizes and a silent auction. Sonex Aircraft, LLC Founder John Monnett will be Master of Ceremonies for the event. Download Banquet_Flyer_2010.pdf (1.4mb PDF File) for more information!

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Sonex Aircraft in the News:
UtraFlight Radio NKET Interview Available for Download

12-17-09

Sonex Aircraft, LLC General Manager and CEO Jeremy Monnett was featured in last week's UltraFlight Radio show, answering questions about the FAA National Kit Evaluation Team's (NKET) recent practice evaluation of Sonex Aircraft kits. That interview is now available for download from the UltraFlight Radio archvies. You can also read our original Press Release about the NKET excercise.

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E-Flight Progress Update Posted to Hornets' Nest R&D Web Site
12-16-09

A new E-Flight progress update has been posted to the Hornets' Nest Research and Development web site! Despite some challenges and a couple of setbacks, the E-Flight Electric Waiex prototype draws ever closer to first flight. Some major system enhancements have been made including an improved Lithium Polymer Battery Pack to increase system safety, and improved E-Flight Electric Motor and Controller design to further increase system efficiency. Read More!

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New Sonex Email Lists: Get Sonex and AeroConversions Web Site Updates Delivered Directly to Your In-Box!
12-14-09

Sonex Aircraft, LLC has implemented powerful mailing list management software that allows more active updating of Sonex and AeroConversions news, events, and technical support resources, delivered right to your email in-box! The Sonex and AeroConversions Web Updates mailing list generates automated emails whenever one of our RSS news feeds are updated. You can manage your subscription to determine what kind of web site updates you want to receive notification of. Additionally, a Hornets' Nest R&D email list is available, sending email notifications of udpates to the Hornets' Nest Research and Development web site.

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Sonex Aircraft in the News: Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett to be Interviewed on UltraFlight Radio about FAA NKET Practice Evaluation
12-07-09

Sonex Aircraft, LLC General Manager and CEO Jeremy Monnett will be featured on tomorrow's edition of the UltraFlight Radio show. Jeremy will be answering questions about the FAA National Kit Evaluation Team's (NKET) recent practice evaluation of Sonex Aircraft kits. The NKET team is tasked with evaluation of all new homebuilt aircraft kits to ensure compliance with the "Major Portion," or "51-Percent Rule," for Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft in-light of the FAA Amateur-Built Rulemaking Committee (ARC) review of the rules governing homebuilt aircraft and enforcement of those rules. For more information, read Sonex Aircraft, LLC's Press Release about the FAA NKET preliminary evaluation exercises. The UltraFlight Radio show can be heard live at 12 Noon Eastern Time (11am Central, 9am Pacific) at: www.UltraFlightRadio.com

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Sonex First Flight: Brian FitzGerald
12-02-09

Congratulations to Brian FitzGerald of Chatham, Ontario, Canada whose Standard Gear, AeroVee powered Sonex (S/N 758) flew for the first time on November 28! "Thanks to the wife for putting up with me for the past four years while I completed my scratch build of the Sonex aircraft," writes Brian. "I finished building on September 01, 2009, my first flight was November 28, 2009. It was amazing and I am still smiling!" Gold Wings are on the way!

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Sonex Aircraft in the News:
December Brings Big Coverage in EAA Publications
12-01-09

The December issues of EAA Sport Aviation and Sport Pilot magazines are chock-full of Sonex-related news: Both Sport Pilot and Sport Aviation included news briefs about the FAA National Kit Evaluation Team's practice evaluation of Sonex Aircraft kits, and the availability of new Xenos Sub-Kits.

In Sport Pilot magazine, there is also a feature article highlighting Phil Simon's cross country adventure: becoming the first Sport Pilot to land in all lower-48 United States. The full feature article, "Cross Country; Flying Across the Lower 48 in a Light Sport Aircraft" can be downloaded in PDF format (776kb PDF file). You can read more about Phil Simon's 3-part journey, along with tales from other Sonex Aircraft pilots, in the Sonex Flying Stories section of our web site.

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SubSonex Progress Update Posted to Hornets' Nest R&D Web Site
11-25-09

A progress update has been posted to the Hornets' Nest Research and Development web site concerning the SubSonex jet aircraft project. Much work has been done since the AirVenture '09 roll-out of the aircraft, including selection of a new powerplant and preparation of the airframe for the new engine's systems. A new panel has also been installed in the aircraft to accomodate the new engine's systems. Find Out More!

A new Mailing List has also been created to update you on the progress of all Hornets' Nest R&D projects. Sign up today!

7th Annual Great Southern Sonex Gathering Called the Best Yet by Organizers
11-13-09

The 7th Annual Great Southern Sonex Gathering, organized by Sonex builders Mike Singleton and Robert Barber, was held on Saturday, November 7th at Coulter Field in Bryan Texas. The organizers deemed the event a great success again this year. Mike Singleton submitted the following report:

"Good local weather and a good airport atmosphere helped make this year the best so far. Although several Sonex aircraft couldn’t make it due to weather or other factors, we had six aircraft representing the three recommended engine options. Approximately 60 people attended the program, including 6 Sonex pilots and 21 Sonex, Waiex and Xenos builders. Rides were given to at least 35 people, most of whom experienced their first Sonex flight. After-flight smiles were abundant all day! Many door prizes were awarded, including a good selection of nice gifts supplied by Sonex Aircraft, LLC. Darall McMillen, as one of the 6 pilots with a flying Sonex at the gathering, won the leather flight jacket. The last official event on the schedule was the panel discussion at which many topics were covered. Robert and I have already begun to think and plan for next year’s Sonex Gathering and expect to improve the format even more and to have more aircraft, including examples of the Waiex and Xenos."

As always, Sonex Aircraft, LLC would like to extend a huge "Thank You" to Mike, Robert, and all other builder event organizers for keeping the grass-roots Sonex movement alive and well! If you are planning a Sonex builder event, please be sure to email sales@sonexaircraft.com to have it included on our Sonex Builders' Events Calendar!

Sonex First Flight: Philip Darne
11-12-09

Congratulations to Philip Darne of Theescombe, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape South Africa whose Standard Gear, AeroVee powered Sonex (S/N 954) flew for the first time on November 12! "Thanks to Edwill Ferreira for doing the test flight," writes Philip. Gold Wings are on the way!

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