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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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


Phil Simon and Jerry Bassler: The Last 12 of all Lower-48 United States

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… Read More


Phil Simon and Jerry Bassler: September-October, 2007 – 32 States

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… Read More


Phil Simon and Jerry Bassler: August, 2006 – 10 States

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… Read More


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