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E-Flight Initiative Coverage: See listings of known Sonex and AeroConversions E-Flight Initiative press coverage on the E-Flight Initiative web site: http://www.aeroconversions.com/e-flight

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"Northward Ho! Alaska and Back in a Plansbuilt Sonex"
April, 2014: Who says the Sonex is not a cross-country machine? Sonex Builder Robert Barber (S/N 271) sure doesn't, as he flew his Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex from his home in Bryan, TX to Alaska and back! The tale of his journey can be found in an article Robert wrote for the April, 2014 issue of Kitplanes Magazine.

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"Out of the Box: Flight Report on the SubSonex Personal Jet"
January, 2014: We are very proud and excited to have the SubSonex Personal Jet featured as the cover story in the January, 2014 issue of EAA Sport Aviation Magazine! With this cover story, we also took the opportunity to publish a massive update detailing the progress of the SubSonex program!

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"Onex: 85% Scale Equals 100% Fun"
June, 2013: The Onex Single-Place, Foding-Wing Sport Aircraft is is prominently featured in the June, 2013 issue of Kitplanes Magazine. The feature article is a flight review covering both Tri-Gear and Standard Gear Onex prototypes, written by LeRoy Cook from a refreshing "grass roots" homebuilder perspective.

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"Sonex Onex: Flying the New Single-Seat Addition to the Sonex Line"
August, 2012: The Onex Single-Place, Foding-Wing Sport Aircraft is featured as EAA's August, 2012 cover story for Sport Aviation magazine. The detailed feature article written by Chad Jensen includes beautiful photography by Jim Koepnick and offers and in-depth look at the Onex design and what it's like to fly the aircraft.

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"Going With the Wind"
July, 2009: The first customer-built Xenos Motorglider, Craig Jones' AeroVee powered Xenos S/N X0011, is featured in the July, 2009 issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine! The article, "Going with the Wind" by Jim Busha, details Craig's journey in choosing, building and flying the Xenos, as well as the medical certification benefits of operating a motorglider that helped drive Craig's decision to build. An additional article, "The Xenos: More than a Motorglider" by Roger Tanner, also appears in the July issue.

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"A Red-Hot Waiex"
October, 2006: The first customer-built Waiex to be completed and flown, Drew Waterworth's S/N 24, is featured in an 11-page feature article in the October issue of EAA's Sport Aviation magazine. The article, titled "A Red-Hot Waiex", includes many beautiful photographs of Drew's custom Apple Kandy Red paint job with iridescent prismatic flames.

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"Sun and Fun in a Sonex"
May, 2006: Kerry Fores, Sonex employee and builder of Sonex SN# 9 flew his aircraft to Sun 'n Fun 2006 from our factory in Oshkosh, WI. Read all about his adventures in this article, which is a must-read for anyone interested in the cross-country capabilities of Sonex aircraft! This is the unabridged version of the article published in EAA Sport Pilot magazine.

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"Y-Tail Wonders"
April, 2005: Kitplanes magazine published a total of 19 pages worth of reporting about the Xenos motorglider and Waiex sport plane in it's cover story extravaganza.

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"Opening the Envelope"
Exploring aerobatics in the Sonex with builder Bill Brown

(956kb PDF file)*


"Sonex Sells the Dream of Flight"
Article about the Small Business Success Stories awards. Sonex was presented with one of these awards in 2006.

(428kb PDF file)*


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Sonex and AeroConversions in the News:
The following listings include all known articles published about Sonex and AeroConversions products. The most recent articles are listed first. If you find an article that we missed, please let us know about it! Email the Sonex Web Team.


  • January 2009: AirPigz Blog
    Waiex Named 2009 Homebuilt Of The Year by AirPigz Blog

    The new and entertaining aviation enthusiasts' blog AirPigz has just named the Waiex their 2009 Homebuilt Of The Year (HOTY), citing the Waiex's efficiency, safety, performance and ramp-appeal as reasons for the choice. Check-out the posting at www.AirPigz.com and you'll see that this blogger definitely got a dose of the Sonex Aircraft Kool-Aid!

    Find-Out More about the Waiex

  • December 2008: Aviator's Hotline Light Aviation Edition
    Sonex Aircraft Versatility and Value

    The versatility and value of Sonex Aircraft are featured in the 8th Edition of the Light Aviation Edition of Aviator's Hotline magazine. The Light Aviation Edition is an electronic e-zine, and the article features some of the many uses for Sonex Aircraft, including a clip from "Right Seat with Tony Spicer." Whether your idea of fun is flying aerobatics, soaring, cross countries, or doing your part for Homeland Security by patrolling the local lakes for U-boats, Sonex Aircraft will fill your Sport Pilot mission! 

  • November 2008:
    John Monnett's EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame Keynote Address Video Online
     
    Sonex Aircraft, LLC Founder and President John Monnett was given the honor of presenting the keynote address at the 2008 EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Himself a 2001 EAA Homebuilder's Hall of Fame Inductee, John spoke of the wonderment of aviation and the EAA, the need for the recruitment of more new pilots, the ever increasing need for more efficient aircraft, and the need for EAA to embrace soaring as an addition to its many diverse groups of recreational aviation divisions. Find out more about John Monnett and watch his keynote address on our Meet the Sonex Team page.
  • September 2008: The Repository: Canton, OH
    "Louisville man builds his own plane"
    by Denise Sautters

    Sonex builder Bob McGrath (Sonex S/N 692) of Louisville, Ohio was recently featured in the Canton newspaper, The Repository. At 86 years-old, Bob fulfilled his life-long dream of building an aircraft with his Sonex project. Bob and his wife Eleanor plan to use the Sonex to visit family and friends in Vermont, Phoenix and Idaho.

     
  • October 2008: Aviator's Hotline Light Aviation Edition
    Flying the Sonex Sport Acro
    by Roger Tanner

    The Sonex Sport Acro is featured in the Light Aviation Edition of Aviator's Hotline magazine. The Light Aviation Edition is an electronic e-zine, and test pilot Roger Tanner's article and Sport Acro video footage are both featured in abridged form on page 25 of the publication.

     
    See the unabridged Sport Acro Article and Video.
     
  • September 2008: UltraFlight Radio Show
    Interview with Jeremy Monnett regarding FAA proposed "51 Percent Rule" changes.

    Sonex Aircraft CEO and General Manager Jeremy Monnett was interviewed on the UltraFlight Radio Show on September 16 regarding his participation in the FAA ARC committee examining the Experimental-Amateur Built rules, the proposed FAA policy changes, and the need for pilots everywhere to weigh-in with their comments before September 30th. Listen to the Archived Interview.
     
    See the Sonex press release.

     
  • August 2008: UltraFlight Radio Show
    Interview with builder Jeffry Shultz about his experience building a Sonex Aircraft.

    Sonex builder and pilot Jeffrey Shultz (Sonex SN 604) was interviewed by Ultraflight Radio on August 19. Shultz answered questions about his experiences building an AeroVee powered Sonex in approximately 1 year's time, while balancing family commitments with a wife and 2 young children and an Army career. The interview is now archived for download on the Ultraflight Radio web site! Be sure to also check-out Jeff's article "Building a Sonex: A Lesson in Life," which was printed in the June, 2007 issue of EAA Sport Pilot magazine, and is available for download in PDF form here: 820kb PDF file.

     
  • August 2008: AirVenture Today
    Big Aviation checks out AirVenture
    by Peter S. Lert
    GE is sharing the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh story with hundreds of thousands of visitors to its website in a specially produced video now featured on the corporation’s home page (www.ge.com). The 6-minute video describes the “innovation treasure hunt” conducted by several GE and Airbus engineers who visited AirVenture this past summer. Featured in the "Innovation" portion of the video is the E-Flight electric-powered Waiex, which was on-display in the EAA Welcome Center. The video is scheduled to remain on the GE home page until October 24th.
     
    An article about the GE and AI engineers' AirVenture explorations published in the August 2 edition of AirVenture Today shows that the group found inspiration not-only in the E-Flight electric Waiex, but also in the Xenos Motorglider and in Sonex Founder and President John Monnett's role as an "inspirational pioneer" in aviation innovation.

     
  • July/August 2008: Pilot Getaways Magazine
    "Weekend Getaways: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin"
    by Fran Severn-Levy.

     


    Sonex SN 9 "Metal Illness," piloted by builder and Sonex employee Kerry Fores, graces the pages of the July/August 2008 issue of Pilot Getaways magazine, illustrating an article about Wisconsin Dells, WI. Find Out More about how Sonex Aircraft make the perfect platform for those weekend getaway vacations!
     
  • July 2008: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "Affordable Engines ...For your homebuilt"
    by Doc Mosher.
    As part of a new "Frugal Flying" series of articles, EAA Sport Aviation Magazine features the AeroVee 2.1 in the July issue. The article, "Affordable Engines ...For your homebuilt," written by Doc Mosher, discusses many of the AeroVee's virtues, particularly its economy, performance, completeness of the kit, and quality of the parts, documentation and support. To learn more about the AeroVee Engine Kit, check-out our Engines page, or go to: www.AeroConversions.com

     
  • April, 2008: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "Motivated by Madison: Building a Mini-Waco" by Andrew Maitland.


    Andy Maitland of Cranberry, PA built a 3/4 Scale Cabin Waco powered by an AeroConversions AeroVee Engine. Maitland reports cruise speeds of approximately 85 mph, max speed approximately 90 mph, and climb rates of approximately 1,000 fpm single pilot. Empty weight quoted in Sport Aviation article is incorrect: actual empty weight is 780 lbs according to builder. The aircraft was featured in EAA Sport Aviation Magazine: April, 2008 "Motivated by Madison: Building a Mini-Waco" (Download 2.4mb PDF file)

     
  • April, 2008: SAAA Airsport Magazine
    "Australian Builders Meet Sonerai and Sonex Guru" by Stuart Trist.
    Australian Sonex builder and editor of the Australian Sonex newsletter, Stuart Trist, writes an account of John Monnett's history in sport aviation, as told by John and Betty during a luncheon with Australian builders on their recent trip to New Zealand and Australia. Download the Article (720kb PDF file)

     
  • Winter, 2008: Sportsman Pilot Magazine
    "Craig Jones' Xenos Motorglider" by Jack Cox.
    A great article detailing Craig Jones' flying background and his experiences building and flying the first customer-built Xenos (S/N X0011), on which he did a superb job of construction.
  • January, 2008: Marketplace Magazine
    "Flying High: Dreams of Flight Power Sonex Aircraft" by Sean Johnson.
    Sonex Aircraft, LLC is featured in the January 1, 2008 issue of Northeast Wisconsin Marketplace Magazine, including a cover featuring Sonex designer and Founder, John Monnett.

    The article, "Flying High" includes interviews from John, Betty and Jeremy Monnett, Sonex Aircraft, LLC customers and some high praise from aviation journalist Tim Kern.

    The full article can be accessed on the Marketplace Magazine web site.


  • October 2007: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "Unexpected Destinations; A Story of Time Travel" by Kerry Fores.
    Sonex employee Kerry Fores, scratch builder of Lindy Award-winning Sonex SN# 9 "Metal Illness", has sharpened his pencil, er... keyboard for EAA Sport Aviation Magazine once again in the October, 2007 issue.

    "Unexpected Destinations; A Story of Time Travel" appears in the EAAers in action: In the Spotlight section of the magazine and weaves the tale of Kerry's experiences traveling through space and time in his Sonex. You can download an un-edited version of the article with many more photographs here: "Unexpected Destinations" 980kb PDF File
     
  • August 2007: Rochester, MN Post-Bulletin
    "In his Xenos, Craig Jones rides the clouds"
    by Jim Troyer.

    Local newspaper article celebrating the fun that can be had in a Xenos Motorglider, relating the rewarding flying experience of Austin, MN Xenos builder Craig Jones. Jones' Xenos (S/N 11) is the first customer-built Xenos to fly.

  • July 2007: Kitplanes Magazine
    "Designer Spotlight: John Monnett" by Tim Kern.
    A 7-page feature article as part of Kitplanes "Designer Spotlight" series, packed with historical photographs covering Sonex Aircraft LLC Founder and President John Monnett's career from Sonerai to Sonex. Incidentally, "From Sonerai to Sonex" is the proposed title of a John Monnett biography, written by Sonex Builder Jim Cunningham, which is scheduled for publication later this year.

     
  • July 2007: Kitplanes Magazine
    "Waiex, Y Not?" by Ed Wischmeyer.
    An article featuring Lou Pappas' award winning Jabiru 3300 powered Waiex.
    While the article contained a lot of positive information, Sonex Aircraft, LLC disagrees with some of the negative statements made by the author. See our Letter to the Editor, including reactions to the article from Sonex customers/pilots.
     
  • June 2007: EAA Sport Pilot Magazine
    "Building a Sonex: A Lesson in Life" by Jeff Shultz.Read the story of how a Sonex project became a Shultz family affair! (820kb PDF file)
     
  • April 2007: Kitplanes Magazine
    "AeroVee: grandson of the VW, and a highly refined conversion"; Engine Beat column by Tim Kern.
    Kitplanes powerplant columnist Tim Kern reviews the history of VW conversions and the AeroVee, lists the AeroVee's advantages over the competition and explains why the engine dominates the VW conversion market. Kern also gets a "scoop" on the release of
    AeroVee 2.0
     
  • January-February 2007: Recreational FlyerMagazine
    AeroCarb customer Owen MacPherson wrote an article featured in the January-February 2007 issue of Recreational Flyer, the official magazine of the Recreational Aircraft Association Canada. The article features the AeroCarb, clarifying many of the common concerns about slide-type carburators, highlighting the unit's simple and reliable operation, and MacPherson's great satisfaction with the AeroCarb, which has over 300 hours flown over 5 years on his VW conversion. The article also features two sidebars. One is an interview with Sonex Aircraft, LLC founder and President John Monnett discussing the AeroCarb and the future of the AeroConversions product line. The other sidebar features customer Gerry Younger, and his positive experience flying the AeroCarb on his 0-200 powered aerobatic clip wing Cub, which is equipped with inverted fuel and oil systems.
     
  • February 2007: Building a Sonex: A Lesson in Life (820kb PDF file)
    Read the story of how a Sonex project became a Shultz family affair!
  • January 2007: Sonex Named ANN's Best Sport Pilot Kit
    The aviation news web site Aero-News.net has awarded Sonex Aircraft, LLC with the distinction of "Best of Breed" for 2006 in the category of Sport Pilot qualified aircraft kits! Aero News Network expanded its 2006 Best of Breed awards to include awards in five categories: GA Piston Single, GA Piston Twin, SA Experimental Kit, E-LSA Kit, and S-LSA Ready To Fly.
     
    Aero News editors regarded the award for Sonex Aircraft as a "fairly easy choice this time, despite this category being populated by some truly outstanding aircraft," citing the aircraft's "simplicity of construction, playful nature and foremost -- its amazing affordability," as the major factors meriting the award.


  • November 2006: Ultraflight Magazine
    "Sonex is a Winner!" Lindy-Award-winning "Metal Illness", Sonex S/N 9 built by Sonex employee Kerry Fores, is featured on the cover!
  • October 2006: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "A Red-Hot Waiex" by Jim Busha. The first customer-built Waiex to be completed and flown, Drew Waterworth's S/N 24, is featured in an 11-page feature article in the October issue of EAA's Sport Aviation magazine. The article, titled "A Red-Hot Waiex", includes many beautiful photographs of Drew's custom Apple Kandy Red paint job with iridescent prismatic flames.
  • September 2006: GlobalAir.com Magazine
    "Light Sport Aircraft Can Put the Fun Back Into Your Flying" by Wayne Bressler. Article about Sport Pilot and different types of aircraft that can be flown as LSA's. Sonex Aircraft are featured in the discussion about Experimental/Amateur Built LSA's. Read the Article Online!
     
  • Summer 2006: Metalcraft Magazine
    "Build It, Fly It" by Nestor Gula. Article about the Experimental Aircraft Association and all-metal homebuilt aircraft including Sonex Aircraft. The article reviews the design history and roots of the Sonex, Waiex and Xenos.
     
  • August 2006: EAA Chapter 1297 Newsletter
    For those of you in the Portuguese-speaking world, Portugal's EAA Chapter 1297 featured Sonex builder Rui Sereno Melo in it's August edition. You can download the newsletter here (823k PDF file).
     
  • July 2006: EAA AirVenture Today Newspaper
    "Sonex offers discount for schools building planes" By Barbara A. Schmitz. Article featured in the daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 features the launch of the Sonex Education Initiative. The article is archived on the EAA AirVenture web site. Click Here to read it!
  • July 2006: EAA Sport Pilot Magazine
    "Simple Flying; a Cross Country Learning Experience" by Kerry Fores. Sonex employee Kerry Fores and his Metal Illness (Sonex S/N 0009) is featured as the cover story of EAA Sport Pilot magazine, chronicling his flight to Sun 'n Fun 2006 in "Simple Flying; a Cross Country Learning Experience" (page 34), an abridged version of Kerry's article "Sun and Fun in a Sonex" (1.1mb PDF file). His panel was also used to illustrate a story about electronic engine information systems such as the Grand Rapids EIS (page 44).
  • July 2006: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "Sonex's Stars Stand for Happy Kids" by Ron Dorner. Sonex pilot Marty Smiltneek (Sonex S/N 0173) was featured in the July issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine, in "Sonex's Stars Stand for Happy Kids" (page 93). Ron Dorner, a member of Marty's EAA chapter 320, wrote the article detailing Marty's tradition of allowing kids who sit in his aircraft to place a colored star on his Sonex tail, which is now festooned with stars. The article also describes Marty's Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex and the design's outstanding performance.
  • May 2006: Sun and Fun in a Sonex
    Kerry Fores, Sonex employee and builder of Sonex SN# 9 flew his aircraft to Sun 'n Fun 2006 from our factory in Oshkosh, WI. Read all about his adventures in his article Sun and Fun in a Sonex (1.1mb PDF file). This is a must-read for anyone interested in the cross-country capabilities of Sonex aircraft!
  • May 2006: Opening the Envelope
    Bill Brown, builder of Sonex SN# 642 has been exploring the aerobatics envelope in his aircraft. A member of EAA chapter 25 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Bill wrote an article about aerobatics in the Sonex for the May, 2006 edition of the chapter's newsletter On Final. Bill's article Opening the Envelope (956kb PDF file) is a good account of his experiences.
  • March 2006: Aero-News.net
    "Sonex Announces First Flight Of Customer-Built Waiex" Article about Drew Waterworth's first flight of Waiex #24. See also Sonex Aircraft, LLC's Press Release.

  • December 2005: EAA Sport Pilot Magazine
    "The P/K LSA" Sonex featured in article about building an Experimental/Amateur Built aircraft for sport pilot use.
     
  • October 2005: Kitplanes Magazine
    "Surveying the Sonex: These builders love their sporty little airplanes" by Mary Bernard
     
  • July 2005: EAA Sport Pilot Magazine
    "Just what the Doctor Ordered- How my Sonex nursed me back to health" by Sonex pilot Eldridge Fleming
     
  • June 2005: Kitplanes Magazine
    Sonex aircraft featured in "Budget Builds" article by Dan Johnson
     
  • June 2005: Flieger Magazin of Germany
    AeroVee 2002 and AeroCarb article

  • December 2004: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "Spicy Sonex" by Jack Cox (flight review of Tony Spicer's award-winning Sonex)
     
  • October 2004: Forbes Magazine
    "Skyward! Getting your pilot's license just became twice as easy. Better yet, you can buy an honest-to-God airplane for $60,000" by Mark Tatge
     
  • July 2004: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "Sonex,ltd continues to improve the breed" by Jack Cox

  • October 2003: Popular Mechanics Magazine
    "Instant Flying!" (Cover Story: Waiex Featured on the Cover)
  • May 2003: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "Do-It-Yourself Volkswagon Power: The AeroVee 2002 engine" by David Sakrison

  • June, 2002 : Kitplanes Magazine
    "Sonex Takes Off" Cover Story
  • February 2002: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "Sunshine Sonex" Flying Qualities Report by Ed Kolano
     
  • January 2002 Volare Sport Magazine of Italy
    "Sonex in Italy"
     
  • January 2002 Vol Moteur Magazine of France
    "Sonex Test Flight"

  • Winter 2001: Sportsman Pilot Magazine
    "Tony Spicer's Sonex" by Jack Cox
     
  • Winter 2001: Sportsman Pilot Magazine
    "Sonex and the Sport License"
     
  • September 2001: Kitplanes Magazine
    Tony Spicer's Sonex
     
  • August 2001: Custom Planes Magazine
    "Sonerai Budget Pylon Pounder: John Monnett's Formula "V" design is over 30 years old"
     
  • August 2001: Custom Planes Magazine
    "Dennis Adams is "Build your own Airplane" Sweepstakes winner!"
     
  • July 2001: Kitplanes Magazine
    "2001-A Spring Odyssey" Sun 'n' Fun 2001 Coverage
     
  • May-June 2001: Recreational Flyer Magazine
    "Sonex: Back to Grasssroots"
     
  • May 2001: Custom Planes Magazine
    "Spicer's Sonex Goes like Stink" by Sonex pilot Tony Spicer
     
  • April 2001: Custom Planes Magazine
    "Sonex Flight Impressions" by Norm Goyer
     
  • April 2001: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    Xenos Wing Test featured in "On the Flight Line" news section
     
  • February 2001: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    Featured in Sport Pilot article

  • November 2000: EAA Experimenter Magazine (now Sport Pilot)
    Aero-Vee 2000 featured in "AirVenture 2000- revisited"
     
  • August 2000: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    VW Power featured in "On the Flight Line" news section
     
  • August 2000: Custom Planes Magazine
    Easy Build Kits featured in Builder's News
     
  • June 2000: Milwaukee Magazine
    City Guide: "Things We [Wisconsin] Ought to Be Famous For"
     
  • May 2000: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    "Flying Low-Powered Aircraft"
     
  • Spring 2000: Sportsman Pilot Magazine
    "An Interview with John Monnett"
     
  • February 2000: EAA Experimenter Magazine (now Sport Pilot)
    "Sonex Flight Impressions" by Dan Johnson

  • October 1999: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    Tail Tip Modification featured in "Hot Line" section
  • October 1999: Custom Planes Magazine
    "An airplane for the cost of an ultralight"
  • May 1999: EAA Experimenter Magazine (now Sport Pilot)
    Article on the development of Sonex in Europe and the part kits
  • March 1999: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    Picture of Tri-Gear Sonex featured in "Hot Line" section

  • December 1998: Private Pilot Magazine
    Article on our "Hornet's Nest Cafe"

  • April 1997: EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
    Sonex static load test featured in "Hot Line" section

 

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