Sonex Flying Stories

The Best Part of Sonex Aircraft is The Way They Fly!

Sonex Aircraft Flying Stories
(and some Building Stories too!)

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.

Sonex Flying Stories: Our Favorite Customer Videos

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Sonex Flying Stories: Aussie Builders Fly to Amazing Alien Landscape

Like many pilots, Sonex Aircraft builders take some pretty fun cross-country trips. A group of four Sonex’s in Australia recently flew to White Cliffs in Western New South Wales. There aren’t any real cliffs in White Cliffs, but what they did find was an amazing alien landcape in the tiny opal mining town where most… Read More

Sonex Flying Stories: Pete and Wayne’s Excellent SNF Adventure – and an Award!

“Congratulations. Your Aircraft is an Award Winner!” That’s the card that homebuilders around the world hope to see when they return to their aircraft towards the end of a big fly-in. Pete Van Schalkwyk found one such card on his aircraft at Sun ‘n Fun 2019! Congratulations to Pete, whose AeroVee Powered Sonex (s/n 0773)… Read More

Sonex Flying Stories: Juergen Voll is Having a Blast in his Waiex-B!

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Waiex B-Model builder Juergen Voll recently sent us this YouTube Video of aerobatics in his AeroVee Turbo powered aircraft. “It flies pretty nice with a nice crisp response to the aerobatic ailerons,” wrote Jurgen in his original first flight post, and you can see he’s just starting to explore that roll response in this video…. Read More

Sonex Flying Stories: 3-Ship Trip Across the Australian Outback to Lake Eyre

What can you do with a Sonex Aircraft? Australian builders Brian Ham, Peter Anson and Stuart Trist decided to take an ambitious trip to Lake Eyre this summer, each flying their own Sonex, over some foreboding country in Northern South Australia. Lake Eyre, officially known as Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, contains the lowest natural point in… Read More

Robert Barber: Northward Ho! Alaska and Back in a Plansbuilt Sonex

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… Read More

Michael Farley: My Life With a Waiex…

Contrary to most stories, I’m going to cheat and tell you the last chapter of this story first.  Or, perhaps I should say, I’m going to fill you in on the most recent chapter that I’ve written so far, and then I’m going to sit back and hope that my experiences will help convince you… Read More

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Building Xenos 42 in a Jersey City Townhouse

When asked by prospective builders “how much shop space do I need to build a Sonex, Waiex or Xenos?” the staff at Sonex Aircraft will sometimes reply with “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Sonex Aircraft are routinely constructed in single-car garages and other small shop spaces. Through the years, we’ve seen customers building… Read More

EAA Sport Pilot Magazine: “Cross Country; Flying Across the Lower 48 in a Light Sport Aircraft”

EAA Sport Pilot Magazine “Cross Country; Flying Across the Lower 48 in a Light Sport Aircraft” by Phil Simon Read the Article! The December, 2009 issue of Sport Pilot magazine, features an article highlighting Sonex builder Phil Simon’s cross country adventure: becoming the first Sport Pilot to land in all lower-48 United States. The full… Read More

Stuart Trist: 2,400 miles across the Australian outback

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 the Article:… Read More

Jim Ballenger and Pete Pearson: A Tale of Two Sonexes

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 below: A Tale of Two Sonexes   Jim started this adventure by purchasing his Sonex plans before we had ever discussed these sweet little birds…. Read More

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