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AirVenture 2007 E-Flight Roll-Out


July 24, 2007

The Sonex Aircraft, LLC E-Flight Initiative was officially unveiled at a Tuesday, July 24 press conference held on AeroShell Square at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. The unveiling included a proof-of-concept prototype electric powerplant installed in a Waiex airframe and the event was kicked-off with opening remarks by EAA President Tom Poberezny. During the press conference, Sonex Aircraft, LLC founder and President John Monnett announced the three major focuses of the E-Flight Initiative: Electric Power, Ethanol Fuels and Efficiency Enhancement technologies for existing and future Sonex and AeroConversions products. Sonex General Manager and CEO Jeremy Monnett uncowled the proof-of-concept electric-powered Waiex to the awe and excitement of the crowd and press representatives in attendance.

An informational E-Flight Initiative forum followed on Wednesday in the AirVenture Forums Plaza. The forum building was filled to standing-room-only capacity as John Monnett detailed the goals and challenges of the E-Flight Initiative. The proof-of-concept electric-powered Waiex and the E-Flight informational kiosk was moved from AeroShell Square to the Forums Plaza, where they were viewed by a steady stream of interested AirVenture attendees for the remainder of the show.

John Monnett formally unveils the details of the E-Flight Initiative.

The AirVenture press corps swarms the E-Flight electric aircraft for a closer look.

The Sonex E-Flight R&D team presented an informational forum to a packed house on Wednesday.

The E-Flight electric powerplant FWF installation.
The Sonex E-Flight Initiative commanded top headlines in most relavent daily aviation publications and web sites. John Monnett spoke about the Initiative in several interviews throughout the week, including an appearance on EAA Radio (above, right) and two local television stations (above, left).

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