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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
November-December, 2016

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Third Customer-Built SubSonex Personal Jet Makes First Flight: John Murphy

Yet another customer-built SubSonex Personal Jet has flown! Congratulations to John Murphy of Chesterfield, Missouri whose SubSonex SN#4 flew for the first time on December 22nd! And no, those aren't two different jets you're looking at above, those are the same jet with two different paint schemes, one on each side of the aircraft! "[Flight] went very well," writes John. "Very responsive." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Wishing You a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; Sonex Holiday Hours

The ownership and staff of Sonex Aircraft, LLC would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sonex will once again be having a year-end shutdown for inventory and other year-end tasks, along with several staff vacation schedules. Our phone lines will be unavailable during this time, however, urgent email correspondence will be replied to as time allows. Note that we will not be processing orders or conducting shipments during this time. You can find the correct email contacts for Sonex Aircraft departments on our Contacting Sonex web page.

Sonex Holiday Schedule:

  • December 23-26: Closed
  • December 27-30: Phone Lines Closed, Urgent Email Only, as available.

Reminder: We're still accepting orders online under our Sonex Tail Kit Holiday Specials until midnight on Christmas Day!

WBParts B-Model Hardware Kits Now Available!

WBParts Hardware Kits
for B-Models:

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is pleased to announce that Hardware Kits from WBParts are now available for Sonex-B and Waiex-B aircraft!

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.

Effective December 21st, all new Sonex and Waiex B-Model Complete Airframe Kit, Kit-Minus-Tail Package and Quick Build Kit orders will include WBParts SmartKit hardware packages with updated kit pricing, and SmartKits can also be purchased separately from the Sonex Web Store. Additionally, B-Model Hardware Lists are now available for download from our Hardware web page.

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.

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Waiex First Flight: Christopher Dillman

Congratulations to Christopher Dillman of Exeter, New Hampshire, whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Waiex (S/N W0079) flew for the first time on November 9th! "With three jobs, two kids, a home remodel and addition, and approximately 10 years of construction, Waiex N790EF took flight on November 9 2016, just in time before the New England weather landed," writes Chris, "Special thanks goes out to my good friend Dana Thurston, of, for painting and accomplishing the finishing touches on the plane. Frank Stephens who helped me build a spar that belongs in an art gallery. Kevin Johnson and Herald Fuller for lending a helping hand and professional guidance, and when two arms wasn't enough. I would like to also thank my wife for tolerating my desire to build a aircraft, partly in my basement. And to all my friends who gave me support and the encouragement to continue the build." Gold Wings are on the way to Chris!

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Second Customer-Built SubSonex Personal Jet Makes First Flight: Andrew San Marco

Another customer-built SubSonex Personal Jet has flown! Congratulations to Andrew San Marco of Fairfield, Connecticut whose SubSonex SN#7 flew for the first time on December 2nd! Andrew writes:

"On Friday December 2nd, N13MB flew for the very first time.With Bob O’Haver at the controls, he departed New London, Ct, (GON) at 7:45 am. The initial flight was just over 30 minutes. Bob conducted some stalls, and slow flight followed by a low approach over the field. Shortly after 9:30am, and a pre flight briefing, I jumped in for a 35 minute flight over the Long Island Sound. The plane flew flawlessly, and handled far greater than I could have expected. The handling characteristics were smooth. Landing the plane was much easier than I had anticipated. With power at 88% at 5500 feet, I was seeing speeds at 210MPH. What a fantastic machine.

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the folks at Sonex, with special mention to Kerry, Levi, and Joe. I’m grateful for your patience and support. I also want to thank Bob Carlton, Bill Hill, and Bob O’Haver for their wisdom and attention to detail during the LOA training In New Mexico. The training makes for a great transition into this aircraft. Finally, to the team in Groton, Chris Bergman, Tim Pavkov, and Gerry Sykes, you guys did an amazing job, I thank you for your guidance and amazing talent in making this a reality.

I look forward to enjoying this aircraft for years to come."

Gold Wings are on the way to Andrew!

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Onex First Flight: Glen Smith

Congratulations to Glen Smith of Columbia, Tennessee, whose AeroVee powered, tri-gear Onex (S/N ONX0110) flew for the first time on November 21st! "Onex N110NX flew for the first time on November 21st at Lewisburg Ellington Airport (LUG) in middle TN," writes Glen, "My support team included my wife and fellow builder Karen, son Andrew who flew top cover with fellow pilot Dan Ford, Tech Counselor John Deyeager, and friends Tom Kempfer and Julie Roberts. The plane flew great with only small tweaks to the engine. After getting a few more take offs and landings I flew her home to our grass strip at Hunter Field (06TN) where we live. Thanks to all that helped to make this dream come true." Gold Wings are on the way to Glen!

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Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Steve Severson Celebrates 3 Years of Service!

Congratulations to Steve Severson, who celebrates his 3-year employment anniversary at Sonex Aircraft, LLC this month! A US Navy veteran, Steve joined the Sonex staff as a Purchasing Agent in December, 2013, and now also runs our Warehouse operations. Steve has a diverse background in the warehouse and inventory fields and is a recent graduate from FVTC with an Associates of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management. In addition, he also graduated from FVTC in 2000 with a A.A.S. in Computer Networking.

Read more about Steve, and the rest of the Sonex Aircraft Team!

Put This Under Santa's Pillow:
Announcing Sonex Tail Kit Holiday Specials!


Sonex Aircraft is excited to announce Holiday Specials on Sonex-B, Waiex-B, Onex and Xenos Tail Kits! Sonex Tail Kits make a great Christmas gift for the future Sonex builder in your family – YOU!

  • Sonex-B/Waiex-B Tail Kits
    $1,500: Save $335!

  • Onex Tail Kits
    $1,200: Save $475!

  • Xenos Tail Kits
    $1,000: Save $475!

Sonex Aircraft
Holiday Tail Kit Sale:

Sonex Aircraft Tail Kits are a great way to get started with your aircraft project. You can progress to other Sonex Aircraft Sub-Kits purchased over time, or jump into a Kit-Minus-Tail Package as either a traditional kit, or a Quick Build Kit!

Be sure to put this post under Santa's pillow – Tail Kit Holiday Specials end December 25th!

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Sonex First Flight: Harold Reynolds

Congratulations to Harold Reynolds of Salvisa, Kentucky, whose AeroVee powered, tri-gear Sonex (S/N 999) flew for the first time on November 18th! "This was my first flight in a Sonex and I found it a delight to fly," writes Harold. "I would like to thank my wife Faye & my friends that helped me, especially John Smith, John Wheatly, Densil Baker, and Bill Allen." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Sonex First Flight: Randy Bush

Congratulations to Robert Bush of Lexington, Tennessee, whose Corvair powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1236) flew for the first time on October 28th! "This is my second plans built airplane," writes Randy, "The first was a Pietenpol Air Camper that I still fly. The Sonex is a very different experience from that but a real joy to fly. Looking forward to a lot of fun travel with it. Thanks go to my wonderful and patient wife Brenda who helped when I needed it and gave lots of encouragement along the way! Thanks to you guys at Sonex for a great set of plans to build from." Gold Wings are on the way to Randy!

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Sonex Aircraft Releases New Advertising Videos: Like, Share and Watch More on YouTube!

Dreading this week's election coverage? Check-out our newest advertising spots for's AeroTV, Facebook and other media outlets! Our latest video ads cover the Sonex and Waiex B-Models, and the SubSonex Personal Jet.

Like, Share and get lost in the Sonex Aircraft YouTube Channel as you avoid election week coverage discovering the massive amount of Sonex Aircraft factory and customer video content available!

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Learn More About AeroInjector Tuning with the Sonex Flight Podcast!

Sonex Aircraft's technical communications manager Kerry Fores spent some time with the folks from Sonex Flight Podcast last week, talking about AeroInjector Tuning. The episode walked through the tuning process, outlines common mistakes and provides trouble-shooting tips. The archived podcast can be downloaded from the Sonex Flight web site: Listen Now!

The AeroInjector throttle body injector carb represents simplicity in form and function, offering increased power and outstanding fuel economy for four-stroke engines from 30-125 hp, with a variety of intake manifold mounts and accessories available. Customers can use the AeroInjector Selection Wizard to choose the size, mount and accessories best-suited to their particular installation. AeroConversions AeroVee and AeroVee Turbo engines ship with the AeroInjector as standard equipment!

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