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Sonex Aircraft Flying Stories

True Stories from Sonex Aircraft Pilots...
It's often been stated by Sonex Aircraft pilots that the absolute best part of owning a Sonex Aircraft is the way they fly. As the fleet of completed Sonex Aircraft grows, we've compiled some great flying stories from our builders for publication on these pages.

Be sure to also read the Sonex Aircraft Testimonials Page.


Author Index

 
Robert Barber

German Cardenas Alvarez & Tex Montes De Oca

Doron Mishor

Gary Motley

Craig Ritson

Michael Farley

Michael Jackson

Mike January

Kip Laurie

Ted Staton

Karl Storjohann

Steve Nelson & Chris Dearden

Jim Arbore

Jim Ballenger & Pete Pearson

Tom Huebbe

Aaron Knight

Phil Simon

Stuart Trist
 

 

Robert Barber: Sonex# 271

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. "Northward Ho! Alaska and Back in a Plansbuilt Sonex," (1.7mb PDF file) is an 11-page cover feature detailing his journey, along with impressive photographs of the beautiful Alaska mountainscape taken along the way. In addition to the download link above, the article can also be accessed from the Kitplanes web site.

German Cardenas Alvarez & Tex Montes De Oca: Sonex# 1204

One only needs to spend a minute on the YouTube channel of Tex Montes De Oca of Ecuador to see that he's a thrill seeker. Under the subject of "Don't Try This at Home Kids," Tex flies the Sonex built by German Cardenas Alvarez at low-level down the fierce whitewater of the Toachi River, then shows us some sky diving out of a helicopter.

Doron Mishor: Sonex# 1038

Sonex builder Doron Mishor is one of only a handful of Sonex Aircraft customers in Israel. See the beauty of the Israeli Negev Desert landscape in this video, documenting a weekend trip of fun low-level flying for Doron and his friends in a diverse group of sport aircraft.

Gary Motley: Sonex# 1155

With so many Sonex-related videos available on YouTube, we can't possibly keep-up with it all on this web site. We do our best to post videos that are inspiring to other Sonex Aircraft builders, or that show-off the capabilities of our products particuarly well. These videos from Gary Motley certainly check-off both criteria, showing his AeroVee powered Sonex in low-level flight, through several aerobatic manuevers and in cruise flight at 14,000 ft over the Rockies. "Perhaps some of these videos of an Aerovee powered Sonex at extremes of the flying envelope might help," wrote Gary, to which we say "Keep 'em coming!"


Craig Ritson: Sonex# 540

Sonex builder Craig Ritson has created some beautiful videos with his Jabiru 2200 powered Sonex# 540, experimenting with external GoPro video camera mounts and some fun flying. Craig's story is inspiring, in that he was able to construct his Sonex despite serious permanent injuries to his arm and hand. Check-out the fruits of his labor in the following videos:


Michael Farley: Waiex# 56

Waiex builder Mike Farley achieved First Flight of his aircraft on April 2nd, 2012. He wrote us a few days later wanting to share his experiences with others via the following article:


Michael Jackson: Xenos# 42

Michael Jackson first captured our attention by constructing his Xenos Motorglider SN#42 within the confines his New Jersey townhouse (see article from link below). Michael has since completed and flown his Xenos, and has provided the videos below:


Mike January: Waiex# 23

Mike January has been flying his AeroVee powered Tri-Gear Waiex #23 in his home state of Florida since 2007. Mike sent us the following four cockpit perspective flight videos:


Kip Laurie: Waiex# 82

Waiex Kip Laurie sent-along four neat videos showing his Jabiru 3300 powered Waiex in-flight, even showing aerobatics including spins. If Kip's tail-view camera doesn't answer the common question as-to whether there is any difference in handling between a Waiex and a Sonex, nothing will!


Ted Staton: Xenos# 32

Xenos builder Ted Staton sent us another annual "Cleco de Mayo" email on May 5, 2011 with some in-flight footage of soaring in his AeroVee powered Xenos. Notice the altimeter and variometer in the climbs, not to mention the easy AeroVee in-flight starting!


Karl Storjohann: Sonex# 1178

Sonex Builder Karl Storjohann (S/N 1178) completed his Jabiru 3300, Std-Gear aircraft early in 2011 and wrote about it for EAA's Experimenter newsletter. The article shows Karl's excitement and perserverence in completing his project!


Steve Nelson & Chris Dearden: Xenos# 35

Xenos builders Steve Nelson and Chris Dearden took some nice video, including air-to-air footage, of the first flight of their Xenos# 35 in August, 2010.


Jim Arbore: Xenos# 28

Xenos builder Jim Arbore brought his polished, Jabiru 3300 powered Xenos# 28 to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 for the second year in a row, and made a beautiful slide-show video of the journey to the tune of "Silver Wings".


Jim Ballenger: Sonex# 760; Pete Pearson: Sonex# 1051

Sonex builders Jim Ballenger and Pete Pearson flew their Sonex Aircraft for the first time on the same day. Read Pete's brief account of two friends building and flying together.


Stuart Trist: Sonex# 181

Big Country, Small Plane: 2,400 miles across the Australian outback in Sonex #181 (1.10mb PDF File)

Whoever said the Sonex is not a "touring aircraft?" I think I have given my tri-gear Sonex with a Jabiru 2200 engine a serious testing in long distance touring and it has proved more than capable of the mission, keeping pace with the average GA aircraft burning more than double the fuel.

Read More! (1.10mb PDF File)


Tom Huebbe: Sonex# 764 & Mark Huebbe: Sonex# 24

Sonex builder Tom Huebbe has been flying his Sonex (S/N 764) since Spring, 2007 and has produced several videos about flying his "Silver Bullet" with his sons Mark and John. Among our favorites are the following videos:

Author Index

 
Robert Barber

German Cardenas Alvarez & Tex Montes De Oca

Doron Mishor

Gary Motley

Craig Ritson

Michael Farley

Michael Jackson

Mike January

Kip Laurie

Ted Staton

Karl Storjohann

Steve Nelson & Chris Dearden

Jim Arbore

Jim Ballenger & Pete Pearson

Tom Huebbe

Aaron Knight

Phil Simon

Stuart Trist
 


Aaron Knight: Sonex# 1024

 

Sonex builder Aaron Knight (S/N 1024) has been having a blast with his Sonex ever since his first flight of the aircraft in the summer of 2008.


Phil Simon and Jerry Bassler: Sonex# 492

Build Partners Phil Simon and Jerry Bassler of San Rafael, California first flew Sonex# 492 in February 2006, and have since flown many long cross countries in the aircraft. On July 21, 2008 the aircraft touched-down in Maryland, completing Simon's goal of landing their AeroVee-powered Sonex in all of the lower-48 United States!

"Our Sonex is the perfect airplane," writes Phil Simon. "Lots of fun to do basic aerobatics in (loops & rolls) and enjoyable to fly cross country in. The little AeroVee engine is bullet proof... Building the Sonex & the AeroVee were two of the most rewarding things I have ever done."


Much More to Come!

Stay-tuned to this page as we post new stories and videos as they come-in! If you'd like to submit your own Sonex Flying Stories, email them to: sales@sonexaircraft.com

 
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