Onex Progress Update: October 10, 2011
Onex Tri-Gear Flies!
The Onex Tri-Gear Prototype flew for the first time on October 5th 2011. In
addition to the tricycle gear configuration, this prototype also has a two
foot longer wing span meant to ensure Sport Pilot Compliance for Heaver (250
lb) pilots. The long wing tips are standard equipment in the Onex Kit and
gives the builder the option to cut the tip down to build the shorter wing
depending on the particular flight mission. Flight testing on Onex
Prototypes #1 and #2 will continue through the Fall with flight footage and
pictures added later this month.
Aerobatic Flight Testing and Stall Speed Confirmation:
Roger Tanner (who also assisted the Sonex Design Team with some flight
testing on the Waiex and Xenos) flew the Onex Prototype #1 on August 22nd
through a series of FAR Part 23 Flight Tests. This series of flights
included confirming stall speed with and without flaps, turning stalls, and
basic aerobatics including Lazy-8, Aileron Roll, Barrel Roll, and Loop. Spin
testing was also conducted through a range of CGs. A detailed report will be
following on these flight test activities. The design team is extremely
pleased with the handling of the onex and flight test results to date and we
are comfortable in recommending the Onex for low-time sport pilots that we
know will be building and flying them.
Roger Tanner Flight Test Video: