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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
July-August, 2016

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SubSonex Personal Jet Featured in September's EAA Experimenter Magazine!

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The SubSonex JSX-2 Personal Jet graces the cover of September's Experimenter insert of EAA Sport Aviation magazine! The article, "Going SubSonex, Having a blast in Sonex's microjet" by Matthew McDaniel is EAA's first pilot report of the JSX-2 model SubSonex and covers handling qualities along with the transition training process. McDaniel writes frequently for Cirrus Pilot magazine and has previously published SubSonex pilot reports in both Cirrus Pilot and Twin and Turbine magazines.

SubSonex Quick Build airframe kits start at $42,000 and you can have a flying jet aircraft for about $130K, providing the first affordable recreational jet aircraft!

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Sonex First Flight: Michael Norton

Congratulations to Michael Norton of Kalispell, Montana, whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1543) flew for the first time on August 25th! "Got it dialed in today and it flat hauls ass," writes Mike. "Love it." Gold Wings are on the way!

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B-Model Kits and Xenos Quick Build Kit Added to FAA NKET Eligible Kit List

Sonex Aircraft is pleased to announce that FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) checklists for the new Sonex and Waiex B-Model kits, and the new Xenos Motorglider Quick Build Kit have been added to the FAA's online list of eligible kits! Listing on the FAA's kit list signifies that an aircraft kit may allow an amateur builder to meet the major portion, or "51 percent rule," requirement of 14 CFR section 21.191(g) for experimental/amateur-built aircraft.

More information about the NKET process, along with links to our current kit checklists may be found on our Aircraft Certification Page.

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.

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Jabiru 2200 Mounts Fit UL-260-Series Engines!

Jabiru 2200/UL-260 Engine Mounts:

Did you know: Sonex Aircraft Jabiru 2200 engine mounts for Legacy Sonex and Waiex airframes also fit the popular UL Power UL-260 series of engines? A study conducted with UL Power representatives and Sonex engineers during AirVenture 2016 confirmed that Sonex engine mounts for the Jabiru 2200 engine will fit UL-260 series engines without interference.

During the conclusive study, engine mounts (both standard gear and tricycle gear) were fitted to demo engines from the UL Power AirVenture exhibit at Sonex factory headquarters. Further study revealed that the installation weight of UL-260 engines fit perfectly within the structural capabilities of existing Jabiru 2200 engine mounts.

Because AeroVee and AeroVee Turbo engines have won favor over the Jabiru 2200 in the Sonex fleet in recent years, we have several 2200 engine mounts available at clearance prices while supplies last:

  • SNX-P11-08 Std-Gear Jabiru 2200 Engine Mount: $1,200 (regularly $1,919.50)
  • SNX-P12-08 Tri-Gear Jabiru 2200 Engine Mount: $1,000 (regularly $1,579.50)

We only have Qty 5 each available, so Order Today!

Learn More About UL Power Engines!

New AeroConversions Accessories Available!

New Hollow Spinner/Crushplates:

ABS Molded Fairings:

ESF Foam Cubes:

Sonex Aircraft is excited to announce three new accessories from our AeroConversions product line that can be used in Sonex Aircraft, or any other experimental!

Hollow Spinner/Crushplates:
Sonex Aircraft's trademark machined Spinner/Crushplates are now manufactured with a new hollow design, cutting weight in half! Our spinners double as propeller crushplates and are machined from solid aluminum billet. Available in two prop hub pattern options fitting AeroVee, Jabiru/CAMit, Rotax, UL Power engines and more, AeroConversions Spinner/Crushplates can be used on a wide variety of experimental aircraft.

ABS Molded Fairings:
A new feature in B-Model and SubSonex kits, AeroConversions ABS Molded Fairings are made from .063" thick white ABS plastic, are durable, lightweight, can be installed easily and can accept paint with high-quality results. AeroConversions ABS Fairings can be used on any experimental aircraft. Cable, pushrod, counterweight and other fairings available and prices start at only $3.90!

ESF Foam Cubes:
Used primarily in the SubSonex Personal Jet, we are making Explosion Suppressant Foam (ESF) Cubes available for any experimental aircraft builder interested in reducing fuel sloshing/surging and improving fire/explosion resistance. Watch the ESF Video! Approximately 2.52 cubes are used per gallon and ESF Cubes are sold per cube at $1.50 each!

All of these great new accessories and more can be found on the AeroConversions Accessories page!

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AirVenture 2016 a Great Show for Sonex!

The new B-Model was the star of the Sonex Aircraft booth at AirVenture 2016!

Many took the opportunity to try-on the new B-Model and experience its enlarged cockpit space!

The AeroVee, AeroVee Turbo and other AeroConversions products were also popular items at AirVenture 2016.

As-always, the SubSonex Personal Jet attracted a lot of attention at AirVenture.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC once again exhibited at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at our home base, Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI! The 2016 event was a great show for Sonex Aircraft!

Events kicked-off with the annual Sonex Open House and Homecoming Fly-In at the Sonex Aircraft factory. Although weather hampered early AirVenture arrivals this year, several customer aircraft still made it to the Sunday event.

The Waiex B-Model prototype was on-display for the first time at AirVenture, while the tri-gear Sonex B-Model prototype could be seen in-progress at the Sonex Factory. Response to the new B-Model design continues to be tremendous. Many attendees got a chance to try-on the enlarged cockpit and check-out the enhanced B-Model features. Just like the B-Model's Sun 'n Fun debut, feedback from many prospective builders at AirVenture indicated that B-Model design changes addressed everything they wished the Sonex line of aircraft had in the past, renewing their interest in a Sonex or Waiex project.

The SubSonex Personal Jet was once again very popular at AirVenture 2016, with many new prospective jet builders stopping by to check-out this amazing aircraft. Bob Carlton flew the SubSonex in airshow performances at AirVenture again this year, including the Wednesday and Saturday night airshows. His outstanding performances drove large numbers of people to the Sonex booth spaces to see the SubSonex. Our special thanks to Bob and Laurie Carlton of Vertigo Airshows for once again showing-off the SubSonex and all of its capabilities so spectacularly.

Daily Sonex factory tours were held at AirVenture again this year with capacity crowds, and forums were presented on all subjects Sonex and AeroConversions during the week. Sonex held its annual Hangar Party on Monday night of the show again this year as a "Thank You" to all Sonex Aircraft customers, supporters and family members.

Sonex Aircraft held a joint press conference with Uniworld, LLC at AirVenture, announcing plans for expanded sales to China and efforts to make kit aircraft a larger part of the growing general aviation infrastructure in the country. The announcement received a lot of attention from attendees and press at the show!

AirVenture attendees also had an opportunity to see new Sonex Aircraft hardware kits provided by WBParts. With WBParts SmartKits, hardware will now be a part of Sonex Aircraft kit packages!

If you missed us at AirVenture 2016, be sure to visit our factory anytime, and make plans to visit AirVenture next summer!

Despite weather, the Sonex Aircraft Open House and Homecoming Fly-In was well-attended again in 2016.

Francis Chao of Uniworld, LLC, a trailblazer of GA growth in China, speaks to the AirVenture 2016 press corps about Sonex Aircraft's developing role in the emerging market.

A factory prototype Sonex Sport Trainer was on-display Uniworld's China Pavilion all week, celebrating and promoting our new efforts in the Chinese aviation marketplace.

Whether looking at kit aircraft or watching airshow, the view is always best at the Sonex Aircraft booth!

John Monnett speaks to visiting Wisconsin legislators about the role of Wisconsin businesses like Sonex in the GA economy.

Sonex Factory Tour attendees got to see the inside operations at Sonex, and on Saturday they even got to see Bob and Laurie Carlton rack pyro for the SubSonex Fire & Lights Night Airshow!

Photographer Jerry Cummings once again captured a stunning time-lapse photo of the SubSonex Fire & Lights Night Airshow, performed by Bob Carlton!

During the Tuesday afternoon Airshow, Bob Carlton performed his full aerobatic display with the SubSonex. It was a spectacular show, and smooth air allowed Bob to exceed 295 mph on his high-speed pass!

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Read More about the SubSonex Personal Jet!

Great Southern Sonex Gathering Now a 3-Day Camping Event at Critter's Lodge!

Exciting News:  This year the 14 Annual 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

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We'll See You At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh!

AirVenture is here! We can't wait to see you in Oshkosh beginning with our Open House and Homecoming Fly-In on Sunday, and at our exhibit booth# 622 through the rest of the week. You can see details of all Sonex/AirVenture activities on our Events Page.

Note that we will have limited office and telephone hours this week. The office and regular phone lines will close at 11am each day, and the technical support phone lines will be closed all week. We encourage you to use email instead of the phone during AirVenture, and we will do our best to get back to you as time allows. Contact Sonex!

Sonex First Flight: William Allen

Congratulations to William Allen of Louisville, Kentucky, whose VW powered, tri-gear Sonex (S/N 1359) flew for the first time on July 10th! "Plane and VW performed great!" writes William. "Transition training in June also made the first flight less tense with a special thanks to Bob Helm for all of the coaching from the right seat during my training/flight review over a weekend; with thanks to Kerry and Joe [Sonex Tech Support] also for all those questions answered during the build. Big thanks to my wife for lending the sometimes needed additional hand - she is now fully cleco and pop rivet qualified - and for making my upholstery. And special thanks also to all the members of EAA Chapter 110 in Louisville for all of their help along the path of this journey." Gold Wings are on the way to William!

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Onex First Flight: Carl Eldridge

Congratulations to Carl Eldridge of Wharton, Texas, whose UL350is powered, standard gear Onex (S/N ONX0172) flew for the first time on February 2nd! "Just completed 52 hours of flight time on my Onex," writes Carl. "This is one great flying aircraft, fast, quick and fun. N-326-X is just out of the paint-shop and looking great. The engine is UL Power, [130 hp UL350is] so it is one of the first of it's kind." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Announcing AirVenture Show Specials!

AirVenture Show Specials:

(regular retail prices shown: discounts will be deducted upon order confirmation & processing)

AirVenture Show Specials for Sonex and AeroConvesions Products are now available! Order by July 30th and take advantage of these great offers:

Premium Savings Offer*
Combine a Complete Airframe Kit or Kit-Minus-Tail Package with a Quick Build Kit Upgrade, or an AeroVee/AeroVee Turbo Engine Kit and Save 10%. Buy all 3 for huge savings!

*Premium Savings Offer excludes SubSonex, and cannot be combined with any other offers above.

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Sonex Provides Kit Hardware with WBParts!

WBParts Hardware Kits
for Sonex Aircraft:

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is excited to announce a new relationship with aircraft hardware distributor WBParts to provide the company’s SmartKits hardware packages with Sonex Aircraft airframe kits! WBParts SmartKits are provided in sturdy impact-resistant plastic toolbox drawer assemblies that are organized, labeled and filled by hardware type and include QR codes for easy re-ordering.

SmartKit hardware packages are available for Onex, Xenos and legacy model Sonex and Waiex aircraft in standard gear and tri-gear varieties. Quick Build Kit hardware packages are also available (Xenos Quick Build hardware coming soon). SmartKits for the new Sonex and Waiex B-Models will be available upon completion of B-Model hardware lists. Effective July 14th, applicable Complete Airframe Kit, Kit-Minus-Tail Package and Quick Build Kit prices will include WBParts SmartKit hardware packages, and SmartKits can also be purchased separately from the Sonex Web Store.

SmartKits bring Six-Sigma / Lean Manufacturing principles to the kit builder's hangar. SmartKits save time and organization, and shortens overall time to completion. Genuine component parts are in each SmartKit and provide manufacturing trace. SmartKits will keep your parts more organized, giving a more enjoyable and fulfilling kit-building experience. Best of all SmartKits can increase the ease of FAA Airworthiness inspection because they incorporate FAA Safety Values.

See Today's Official Press Release!

AirVenture Forum and Events Schedule Posted!

AirVenture is right around the corner! Plan your visit with the Sonex AirVenture Forum and Events Schedule, now available on our events calendar page!

As-always, we are holding several forums and events for this year's show, including our Open House and Homecoming Fly-In, informational forums about our products, SubSonex airshow performances and more!

Chester V's: Sonex Aircraft's Favorite Hangout!
Looking for a place to unwind after the show and maybe run-into some of your favorite Sonex staffers? Check-out Chester V's Gastropub!

Located at 2505 Oregon Street, Chester V's is on the approach end of Runway 27 in the former Mario's restaurant location with a beautiful renovation of the building including an outdoor bar and two patio seating areas. Chester V's serves a wide variety of craft beers, wines, quality hand-crafted cocktails and outstanding food! Be sure to checkout the pub tables inside, where you can have your own beer tap with 4 beer varieties per table, all tracked on an iPad!

Please support our friends at Chester V's Gastropub, and we hope to see you there!

See More AirVenture Info on our Events Calendar!


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