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Builder Organizations & Events

A tremendous grass-roots network of builders' groups and organizations have formed since Sonex's founding in 1998. These builders' groups provide invaluable camraderie and peer support, while also hosting numerous fly-in events across the country and around the globe. This page serves as a Directory of Builder Organizations as well as a Calendar of Builders' Events.


Builder Organizations Directory | Builders' Events Calendar

Builder Organizations Directory

If you are establishing a new Sonex Builder Organization, or would like to change information in your organization's listing below, please contact Sonex Aircraft, LLC!


Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation
www.SonexFoundation.org

The Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation is a national type club for builders and pilots of Sonex Aircraft designs founded to promote safety and education in building and operating Sonex aircraft. The Foundation, in conjunction with Sonex Aircraft LLC, has published a Flight Training Syllabus for Transition Training in Sonex Aircraft.

Read more about the Foundation in our Official Press Release.

Events:
The Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation typically participate in the Great Lakes Sonex Fly-In held in June. Additionally, their Annual Membership Meeting is held each year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.


American Sonex Association
www.AmericanSonexAssociation.org

The American Sonex Association was founded by Sonex builder John Davis in September of 2004 as a way to provide the Southeast with a place to look at, fly in, and talk about the Sonex Aircraft. The entire purpose of the ASA is to provide help, encouragement, and special tools to Sonex builders where ever they might reside.

Events:
The ASA's flagship event is the annual Crossville Fly-In, held in October every year. The Association also hosts the annual North Carolina Spring Fling fly-in.


Florida Sonex Association
www.FloridaSonex.com

The Florida Sonex Association was founded in 2008 by Sonex builder Mike January to provide a safe and fun filled membership within Florida and surrounding states, to encourage their flying members to sponsor FSA fly-in events at their home airports, provide assistance to Sonex Aircraft pilots and builders in need if they become stranded or need assistance in construction within the state of Florida, as well as all member states and Canada (members who reside part-time in Florida, as well as other locations).


SonexAus (Australia)
SonexAus.wikispaces.com

SonexAus supports the owners and builders of the Sonex family of homebuilt aircraft. It aims to promote the building of Sonex aircraft as a recreational and educational pursuit and to advocate for the interests of Sonex owners and builders. SonexAus provides a wide range of practical assistance, information and social activities and flyins for the benefit of members and friends. SonexAus will maintain appropriate and effective working relationships and affiliations with SAAA, RAAus, AOPA and other relevant organisations and, if required, represents the interests of Sonex owners and builders with relevant government regulators.

Events:
SonexAus hosts an annual fly-in at Yarrawonga as their flagship event. SonexAus also is an exhibitor, and holds their annual meeting at the Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) National Convention (Natfly). Additional SonexAus events and fly-ins are organized throughout the year.


SonexEuro (Europe)
stevemoody04@aol.com

SonexEuro was founded in 2012 by UK builder Steve Moody to build the Sonex community across all of Europe.

Events:
No SonexEuro events have been scheduled at this time.


Builder Organizations Directory | Builders' Events Calendar

Builders' Events Calendar

The following events are being held by Sonex Aircraft builders and are a great way to network and see other builders' projects. To submit your event to this calendar, send us an email. Feel free to submit pictures of previous events of the same type to be included on this page.

Please note that Sonex Aircraft, LLC will generally not be attending these events. To see factory aircraft and displays, view the Sonex Aircraft, LLC Company Events Calendar. Also note that Sonex Aircraft, LLC has no ownership or affiliation with any associations or type clubs advertising events on this page.


May 14, 2016: 13th Annual Northern California Sonex Fly-In
Rio Linda Airport (L36) Rio Linda, CA

NorCal Fly-In at Rio Linda: See the Report from Last Year's Event!

Hard to believe it's been 13 years. Date has been set at May 14, 2016. Aircraft start arriving as early as the hanger doors open (some are on the field) and continue till everyone arrives. I haven't been too active on the board of late, but been getting pinged so it was way past time to post. Our traditional fare of fabulous BBQ ribs will be served for a nominal donation along with an array of fixen's and some burgers and dogs. Rumor is we should get to see a full compliment of the Sonex fleet models (san's the Jet and B models) this year, so come out and see your favorite Sonex, Waiex, Zenos, Onex with a variety of powerplants, some of which even have the turning wheel on the correct end. Weather should be nice and cooler which is why this was moved up a couple of weeks.

Contact: Jeffry Larson
Email: jeffrylite@comcast.net


May 28, 2016: Mid West Sonex Fly-In
Gardner Municipal Airport (K34) Gardner, KS

8:00 - 9:00
Arrive at K34 Sonex Aircraft Park at VAA 16's Hangar

9:00 - 10:00
Meet Builders and Pilots

10:00 - 11:00
Model B Discussion
General Building Tips
Door Prize Drawing

11:00 - 1:00
Sonex Smile Rides and Lunch at Miami Co. BBQ

1:00 - 3:00
Return to K34

Free Camping

Rain Date: May 29th

Click for More Information

Contact: Bob Mika
Email: rmikaaia@aol.com


June 25, 2016: 4th Annual Great Lakes Sonex Fly-In
Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport (1C5) Bolingbrook, IL

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our fourth annual Sonex fly-in on Saturday, June 25th and Yes, the new runway is open.

This year’s agenda includes the following.
Tom Jones – Onex Build
Robbie Culver - Update Sonex 1557
Sonex – Sonex Update & Sonex B
Rumor has it weather permitting a B model maybe on the flight line.

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM
First presentation scheduled to start at 9:00 AM

Please RSVP by June 17th to help us make sure we're setup appropriately

More details available on our new website www.greatlakessonex.com

Hope to see you on the 25th.

Contact: Al Eidukas
Email: aleidukas@gmail.com


July 25, 2016, 11am: Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation Annual Meeting
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 Sonex Aircraft, LLC Booth#622


On Monday, July 25, 2016, Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (the “Foundation”), will hold its Annual Meeting of Members in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at AirVenture on the Flight Line adjacent to the Sonex Aircraft, LLC display booth at 11:00 a.m. CT.

All members, interested parties, friends, fans, builders, pilots, and family are invited!

For voting members, Your vote matters! Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please take the time to vote by completing the Proxy you will receive by email from the Foundation.

If you attend the meeting, you may vote at the meeting and your Proxy will have no effect, or your Proxy can stand as your vote.

If you do not attend the meeting, your Proxy will be counted as your vote. As a Voting Member as of the record date of June 25, 2016, we hope you will return the Proxy in favor of the proposals.

At the meeting, the Voting Members shall:
Elect two (2) directors to a three-year term. Robbie Culver and Chris Balthis have been nominated.

The Board of Directors recommends that you approve the proposal and asks that you review the May 2016 “Shop Talk” Newsletter of the Foundation (pages 26 & 27) for information regarding the proposals and the director nominees.

Robbie Culver
President
Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation
Email: robbie@sonexfoundation.org


July 27, 2016, 6pm: Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation BBQ
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

Hey all you Sonex builders, pilots, and enthusiasts

We are planning an event but it must have member support in order to succeed.

We are lucky to have Wayne Daniels as a host for this event, and are planning this as a member-driven event.

This is something we need assistance with and have begun working on the logistics of getting people to the other side of the airport and back.

The party will be an informal BYOB (Bring your own beverage - if you drive please DO NOT plan on drinking alcohol!) burgers and brats affair at Wayne's 7th Heaven over on the east side of Wittman Field. The date is set as Wednesday July 27th, 2016 and the time is 6 pm local.

The night airshow is a highlight of the week, and we can enjoy it from the perspective of Wayne's backyard. Our plan is to keep costs to a minimum, hopefully around $5 a head. We need a few volunteers for driving the van, and coordinating transportation.

If you are planning on coming please RSVP at robbie@sonexfoundation.org

I also created a signup sheet online so hopefully this works - it's new to me so please be patient if we have problems. It's ok to RSVP via email and using the link.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4ca4a62aa7f58-oshkosh

Robbie Culver
President
Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation
Email: robbie@sonexfoundation.org


September 10, 2016: 8th Annual Northeast Sonex Fly-In
Dillant-Hopkins Airport (KEEN) Keene, NH

Rain date: Sunday, September 11, 2016

If you have an interest in the Sonex aircraft; if you just like airplanes and enjoy hanging around airports; if you live in the New England/Northeast area, then this event is for you!

This event was conceived because there are now nearly a dozen or more flying Sonex/Waiex/Xenos/Onex aircraft in the area, and even more active builders, as well as those considering building.

We hope to have many flying Sonex/Waiex/Xenos/Onex aircraft attending so the rest of us can admire them (!), to ask questions, and to say, "so that's where that piece goes..." Then there's the rest of the usual fly-in goings-on: talking shop, swapping stories/lies, eating and drinking.

Some Sonex owners may be willing to give rides, which is a great opportunity for current and would-be builders to try out the ride!

Our new web address is: https://sites.google.com/site/northeastsonexflyin/

Contact: Mike Smith
Email: mike.smith208@verizon.net


October 14-15, 2016: 13th Annual American Sonex Association Fly-In
Crossville Memorial Airport-Whitson Field (KCSV) Crossville, TN

The country's largest annual Sonex Fly-In Event is scheduled for October 14-15th in Crossville, Tennessee!

Download the Event Flyer!

Much more information available on the web at: http://www.americansonexassociation.org/events/index.html

Contact: Michael Crowder
Email: mhc.flyer@gmail.com


See the Report from the record-setting 2013 event!


November 4-6, 2016: 14th Annual Great Southern Sonex Gathering
Critters Lodge - Dillard Ranch Airport (TE01) Centerville, TX

Exciting News:  This year the Great Southern Sonex Gathering will be part of a three day campout, November 4th through 6th at Critter’s Lodge (Dillard Ranch) near Centerville, Texas. Don’t miss this one. It will be fun!

Download Event Flyer

Contact: Mike Singleton
Email: msing48@hotmail.com
Contact: Robert Barber
Email: robebarber@gmail.com



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