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"Affordable" LSA?

 
It's no secret that sport pilots are disappointed by the price tags found on the new generation of "affordable" LSA aircraft promised by manufacturers. Has the aviation industry learned nothing about what the average pilot can really afford?
 

Truly Affordable LSA

 
Sonex Aircraft, on the other hand, is a company dedicated to offering Truly Affordable Sport Aircraft, with initial building costs competitive with the cost of a new car, boat or recreational vehicle, and economy rivaling that of the most fuel-efficient new cars. With the Best Performance Per Dollar in the kit aircraft market today, Sonex Aircraft are incredibly fun to fly too! We know you've probably been shopping-around, but in case you're not familiar with our competition, check-out how we compare on Price vs Performance below.
 

Let's Put This In Perspective. . .
 

Based on avgas prices of $4.50 per gallon, you can build a Sonex Aircraft and buy a lifetime supply of fuel for the aircraft for the cost of the competition's "affordable" LSA:

  • Buy a $100,000 LSA, or. . .
     
    Build a Sonex Aircraft and buy 16,533 gallons of 100LL avgas, which will last you over 47 years of flying if you fly 100 hours per year burning 3.5 gph at 150 mph TAS, or will allow you to fly around the Earth 28.5 times.
  • Buy a $75,000 LSA, or. . .
     
    Build a Sonex Aircraft and buy 10,977 gallons of 100LL avgas, which will last you over 31 years of flying if you fly 100 hours per year burning 3.5 gph at 150 mph TAS, or will allow you to fly around the Earth 18.9 times.
  • Buy a $50,000 LSA, or. . .
     
    Build a Sonex Aircraft and buy 5,422 gallons of 100LL avgas, which will last you over 15 years of flying if you fly 100 hours per year burning 3.5 gph at 150 mph TAS, or will allow you to fly around the Earth 9.4 times.


The average fuel tanker truck
holds 9,000 gallons.


The Earth measures 24,901.55 miles
in circumference at the equator.

 
Build Your Sonex Aircraft and a Hangar!
 

 
Do the Math. . .

For the cost of the competition's "affordable" LSA, you can build a Sonex Aircraft and build a hangar, or pay hangar rent for a lifetime!

 
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Less of the Pay

Completed Cost Estimate Worksheet:

For just over $25,000, you can have a Sonex Aircraft completed and flying! Check out the budget figures in this worksheet to estimate your aircraft building budget.
 
Airframe Kit
$13,995 (1)
$13,995 (1)
$14,495 (2)
$14,495 (2)
$19,495 (3)
$19,495 (3)
Hardware(4)
996
996
1,167
1,167
1,785
1,785
6,495
17,500
6,495
17,500
6,495
17,500
Engine Options
495
495
495
495
495
495
FWF/Misc. 500 500 500 500 500 500
Instruments (5)
2,000
2,000
2,000
2,000
2,000
2,000
Propeller
765
795
765
795
985
1,015
Upholstery
700
700
700
700
700
700
Total:
$25,946 (6)
$36,981 (6)
$26,617 (7)
$37,652 (7)
$32,455 (8)
$43,490 (8)
 
 

Price vs Performance: The Best Performance Per Dollar

Affordable
Look at how the total cost(1) for a Sonex compares to other popular kit aircraft with similar power and/or performance... and we didn't exaggerate prices. We didn't need to! Notice that our current pricing is compared to figures gathered in 2005 from our competitors. No other aircraft delivers as much Performance Per Dollar!
Versatile
Cross country economy with around-the patch fun. Able to handle both low and slow and blistering speed. Aerobatic (+6 / -3G). Rough field ready. Conventional or tricycle gear. Center or dual stick. Removable wings.
Performance
The airspeeds speak for themselves: "The Sonex is notable in providing a 4:1 speed range, the Holy Grail of exemplary aircraft design."

-Dan Johnson, EAA Experimenter Magazine, February 2000

Cruise, Stall, Speed Ratio (2):
  Completion Cost (1):
 
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