Builder Organizations & Events

A Grass-Roots Community of Builders!

A tremendous grass-roots network of builders' groups and organizations have formed since Sonex's founding in 1998. These builders' groups provide invaluable camaraderie and peer support, while also hosting numerous fly-in events across the country and around the globe. This page serves as a Directory of Builder Organizations as well as a Calendar of Builders' Events.


Builder Organizations Directory | Builders' Events Calendar


Builder Organizations Directory

If you are establishing a new Sonex Builder Organization, or would like to change information in your organization's listing below, please Contact Sonex Aircraft!


Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation

www.SonexFoundation.org

The Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation is a national type club for builders and pilots of Sonex Aircraft designs founded to promote safety and education in building and operating Sonex aircraft.

Events:
The Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation typically participate in the Great Lakes Sonex Fly-In held in June. Additionally, their Annual Membership Meeting is held each year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.


American Sonex Association

www.SonexFoundation.org

The American Sonex Association was founded by Sonex builder John Davis in September of 2004 as a way to provide the Southeast with a place to look at, fly in, and talk about the Sonex Aircraft. The entire purpose of the ASA is to provide help, encouragement, and special tools to Sonex builders where ever they might reside.

Events:
The ASA's flagship event is the annual Crossville Fly-In, held in October every year. The Association also hosts the annual North Carolina Spring Fling fly-in.


Florida Sonex Association

www.FloridaSonex.com

The Florida Sonex Association was founded in 2008 by Sonex builder Mike January to provide a safe and fun filled membership within Florida and surrounding states, to encourage their flying members to sponsor FSA fly-in events at their home airports, provide assistance to Sonex Aircraft pilots and builders in need if they become stranded or need assistance in construction within the state of Florida, as well as all member states and Canada (members who reside part-time in Florida, as well as other locations).


SonexAus (Australia)

SonexAus.wikispaces.com

SonexAus supports the owners and builders of the Sonex family of homebuilt aircraft. It aims to promote the building of Sonex aircraft as a recreational and educational pursuit and to advocate for the interests of Sonex owners and builders. SonexAus provides a wide range of practical assistance, information and social activities and flyins for the benefit of members and friends. SonexAus will maintain appropriate and effective working relationships and affiliations with SAAA, RAAus, AOPA and other relevant organisations and, if required, represents the interests of Sonex owners and builders with relevant government regulators.

Events:
SonexAus hosts an annual fly-in at Yarrawonga as their flagship event. SonexAus also is an exhibitor, and holds their annual meeting at the Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) National Convention (Natfly). Additional SonexAus events and fly-ins are organized throughout the year.


SonexEuro (Europe)

stevemoody04@aol.com

SonexEuro was founded in 2012 by UK builder Steve Moody to build the Sonex community across all of Europe.


Builder Organizations Directory | Builders' Events Calendar


Builders' Events Calendar

The following events are being held by Sonex Aircraft builders and are a great way to network and see other builders' projects. Contact Sonex Aircraft to submit your event to this calendar. Feel free to submit pictures of previous events of the same type to be included on this page.

Please note that Sonex Aircraft, LLC will generally not be attending these events. To see factory aircraft and displays, view the Sonex Aircraft, LLC Company Events Calendar. Also note that Sonex Aircraft, LLC has no ownership or affiliation with any associations or type clubs advertising events on this page.


June 2, 2018: Midwest Sonex Fly-In

Drake Field Airport (KFYV) Fayetteville, AR

The 2018 Midwest Sonex Fly-in will be based in Fayetteville, Arkansas at Drake Field, KFYV, located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in northwest Arkansas. The date is June 2, 2018 with arrivals starting at 8:00 a.m. and we will be finishing when the last plane departs. We have our EAA 732 chapter’s meeting room available located in a beautiful WWll era hangar which also houses the Arkansas Air Museum. We will be grilling burgers, brats and or Hotdogs along with the usual stuff that goes with it for lunch. Sonex builder’s programs will start at 10am. All Sonex owners, builders, pilots and planes of any type, and those interested in visiting with other Sonex enthusiast are encouraged to attend. Warning: If you fly around the area you will be tempted to sell out and move here.

Download the Event Poster!

Hope to see you there.

Hosted by EAA Chapter 732 members
Rick “NWA Wingman” Wantz Sonex 0367
Frank “Captain” Klimek Onex 090
Jim “Ironman” McNabb Sonex 1342

Arkansas Air & Military Museum
4290 South School Ave, Fayetteville, AR

Contact: Rick Wantz
Email: rawantz@sbcglobal.net


 

July 25, 2018: 2018 SBPF Annual Membership Meeting

Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) Oshkosh, WI

Greetings Fellow Sonex Enthusiasts,

Now that it’s June, your board members at the Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation are hard at work preparing for the Oshkosh AirVenture 2018 airshow. We’re pleased to announce that this year’s annual Membership Meeting will once again be held at Oshkosh on Wednesday, July 25th. Here are the details:

• 2018 SBPF Annual Membership Meeting
• Located at the Oshkosh flight line adjacent to the Sonex Aircraft LLC Display
• Wednesday, July 25th, 2018.
• 11:00 a.m. Local time

We hope that anyone who is a member of the SBPF, has an interest in joining, or has an interest in Sonex aircraft is able to attend. We plan on offering updates about our current status, insights on future events, and if you’re a voting member, this year there are four proposals for you to consider regarding the leadership of the organization.

Please plan on attending this important event!

We welcome comments as well as any points of discussion our members wish to address during this year’s membership meeting. If you’re unable to attend Oshkosh but have input for us, please comment on sonexbuilders.net or by contacting one of the SBPF officers.

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to visiting with you at Oshkosh 2018!

Michael Farley, President
Mike Singleton, Vice President
Dana Baker, Secretary
Tom Jones, Treasurer

Contact: Sonex Foundation Editor
Email: editor@sonexfoundation.org


 

July 25, 2018: Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation AirVenture BBQ

Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) Oshkosh, WI

Hey all you Sonex builders, pilots, and enthusiasts

We are planning another member BBQ at Oshkosh, but it must have member support in order to succeed.

We are lucky to have Wayne Daniels as a host for this event, and are planning this as a member-driven BBQ. There is no transportation provided so members need to self organize their way to and from Wayne’s.

Wayne’s address is:
3778 Red Oak Ct
Oshkosh WI 54902

The party will be an informal BYOB (Bring your own beverage – if you drive please DO NOT plan on drinking alcohol!) burgers and brats affair at Wayne’s 7th Heaven over on the east side of Wittman Field. The date is set as Wednesday July 25th, 2018 and the time is 6 pm local.

The night airshow is a highlight of the week, and we can enjoy it from the perspective of Wayne’s backyard. Our plan is to keep costs to a minimum, hopefully around $5 a head.

We have created a signup sheet online – in order to plan for this event you MUST sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4ca4a62aa7f58-2018

Contact: Robbie Culver
Email: robbie_culver@icloud.com


 

September 8, 2018: 10th Annual North East Sonex Fly-In

Keene Municipal (Dillant-Hopkins) Airport (KEEN) Keene, NH

If you have an interest in the Sonex aircraft; if you just like airplanes and enjoy hanging around airports; if you live in the New England/Northeast area, then this event is for you!

This event was conceived because there are now nearly a dozen or more flying Sonex/Waiex/Xenos/Onex aircraft in the area, and even more active builders, as well as those considering building.

We hope to have many flying Sonex/Waiex/Xenos/Onex aircraft attending so the rest of us can admire them (!), to ask questions, and to say, "so that’s where that piece goes…" Then there’s the rest of the usual fly-in goings-on: talking shop, swapping stories/lies, eating and drinking.

Some Sonex owners may be willing to give rides, which is a great opportunity for current and would-be builders to try out the ride!

Many door prizes have been provided by Wicks Aircraft and Sonex Aircraft, so many thanks to them!

Learn More at the Event Web Site!

Contact: Mike Smith
Email: mike.smith208@comcast.net


 

September 15-16, 2018: Leeton Fly-In

Leeton Airport (YLEE) Leeton, NSW, Australia

Make sure you pencil it into your calendar for later this year. Warren Kirkup and the Leeton Aviators Club will host a relaxing weekend at Leeton for all Sonex builders and hangers-on. No big program, just a great chance to catch up and talk Sonex for a few hours. Contact Warren for further information, but we have only just set the dates at this stage.

Watch for more details at the SonexAus web page.

Contact: Warren Kirkup
Email: warrenkirkup@bigpond.com


 

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