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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
May-June, 2012

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AirVenture is Right Around the Corner:
Events Posted to Sonex Calendar!

As always, Sonex Aircraft will be exhibiting at the 2012 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show. Stop by and see us in the North Aircraft Display area Booth 622!

Go to our Company Events Calendar to see the full schedule of events including the Sunday July 22nd Sonex Open House and Homecoming Fly-In, the Sonex Hangar Party on the evening of July 23rd, and our full schedule of Forum Presentations. You can also find Sonex Aircraft Taxi & Parking Instructions and download the official EAA NOTAM.

Part Order Pickups During AirVenture:
Sonex Aircraft will again be accomodating part order pickups during AirVenture this year. All part orders must be made in-advance. We recommend that all orders be placed as soon as possible prior to AirVenture to help ensure availability.

Pickups will be made by appointment only, and appointments will be available during the following dates & times:
Sunday, July 22 (Sonex Open House): 10am to 2pm
Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27: 9-11am & 1-4pm

Any questions about AirVenture part order pickups may be directed to our Customer Service team at:

Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions AirVenture Forum Schedule:
Sonex Aircraft, LLC and AeroConversions products will be conducting several Forums throughout the week. See our Company Events Calendar for more!

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Waiex First Flight: John Dimilia

Congratulations to John Dimilia of West Caldwell, New Jersey whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Waiex (S/N W0021) flew for the first time on June 24th! "Thanks for all the help," writes John. "Sonex has been great  to work with." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Jabiru Offers Discounted July Engine Pricing!

Due to a slightly lower AUS-to-US Dollar Exchange Rate, Jabiru USA is offering a $1,000 discount for engine orders from Sonex customers during the month of July.

Engines must be ordered and paid for by July 31st. Shipment from Australia will be scheduled for August 1st with arrival in the USA of approximately October 1st. Contact us for more details!

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Sonex First Flight: Carl Orton

Congratulations to Carl Orton of Fort Worth, Texas whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1170) flew for the first time on June 25th! "Rock solid. Solid performance out of the AeroVee as well!" writes Carl. "Still haven't wiped off the Sonex Grin!" Gold Wings are on the way!

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Help Wanted: Sonex Aircraft Research & Development Assistant

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is seeking talented applicants with a love of experimental/amateur-built aircraft to compliment our industry-leading Hornets’ Nest Research & Development team! The right candidate will be a creative problem solver with aircraft & engine construction/maintenance experience and CAD skills, among other qualifications & attributes. Download the full job posting details: SNX-RandD-062012_job_description.pdf

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Builder Events: Northeast Sonex Builders Host 4th Annual Fly-In Event!

Sonex Aircraft builders in the Northeast United States held another outstanding Fly-In event this year, their 4th annual! Over 80 attendees, 8 Sonex Aircraft, and several other homebuilt and certified aircraft were on-hand for the event held Saturday, June 16th in Keene, New Hampshire.

"The weather could not have been better," writes event co-organizer Mike Smith. "...the temps were in the 70's, the sun was out, the clouds were few, and the winds were light and variable all day long."

A cookout lunch was provided by Keene FBO Monadnock Aviation, door prizes were awarded, and attendees had an opportunity to experience rides in the Sonex Aircraft on the field. "During the day we had an instructor in a Citabria giving introductory tail wheel instruction, primarily for those Sonex builders without a tail wheel endorsement," writes Mike. "Four attendees were the beneficiaries of that training, and got the appropriate logbook entries to start their tail wheel training."

Sonex Aircraft, LLC would like to extend a huge thanks to event organizers Mike Smith and Glenn Hunt, as well as all participating pilots & attendees for making this grass-roots Sonex builder event so successful! You can find other events, or submit your own Sonex Builder Event to our Builders' Events Calendar!

Sonex First Flight: Ray Luke

Congratulations to Ray Luke of Palm Springs, California whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1105) flew for the first time on May 10th! "After retirement is not too late to build an airplane," writes Ray. "A BIG thank you to Martin Davidow [builder of Sonex S/N 705], my VERY helpful mentor and Technical Counselor." Gold Wings are on the way to Ray!

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Sonex First Flight: Randy Risjan

Congratulations to Randy Risjan of Westfield, New York whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 1160) flew for the first time on May 26th! "The airplane flew great and the engine ran flawlessly," writes Randy. "It was a very rewarding flight following just over two years of construction. Thank you for a quality design and great support!" Gold Wings are on the way to Randy!

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Builder Events: Midwest Builders Host Another Outstanding Sonex Fly-In!

Midwest Sonex builders hosted another great fly-in event at Johnson County Executive Airport, in Olathe Kansas on May 26th! The event attracted over 30 attendees 5 Sonex Aircraft.

The event included a fly-out/drive-out for BBQ lunch at Miami County Airport, door prizes from Wicks Aircraft Supply and Sonex Aircraft, LLC and presentations from several builders about their projects. Several Sonex rides were given to current and prospective builders as well.

"I was privileged to fly Nicholette Shultz back to OJC from Miami County," writes event organizer Bob Mika. "Her mother Jeannette Shultz along with son Isaac attended the fly in. Major Jeff Shultz [builder of Sonex s/n 604 and 1374] is now serving in Italy on his way to sunny Afghanistan. I found out that while Jeff is in Italy, he is helping an Italian builder with his Sonex. Sonex folks are amazing!"

Our thanks again go out to Bob and all other event organizers and attendees for making another fantastic grass-roots Sonex builder event so successful! You can find other events, or submit your own Sonex Builder Event to our Builders' Events Calendar!

Attendees register for door prizes from Wicks and Sonex.

Brad Stauffer gives a progress update on his Onex project, showing several completed parts!

The group ready for lunch at Miami County Aiport's "We Be Smokin BBQ."

Nichholette Shultz waves to her dad, Jeff, serving in Afghanistan by way of Italy.

9th Annual NorCal Sonex Fly-In a Success!

Saturday, May 19th marked the 9th Annual Northern California Sonex Fly-In at Rio Linda Airport, KL36. "We had 11 Sonex on the field," reports event organizer Jeffry Larson. Larry Engert flew the longest distance to attend, coming from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with Waiex #121. There were also several other types of aircraft in attendance along with several antique cars and hot rods.

"About 150 people lined up for a fantastic lunch of smoked ribs in either dry rub or BBQ along with hot dogs and various salads and desserts," writes Jeffry. "Temps were in the high 80’s with just a breath of wind to keep everyone cool.  Lots of airplane talk and plenty of flying."

Sonex Aircraft, LLC would once again like to extend a huge "Thank You!" to Jeffry and all other event organizers and attendees for making another great grass-roots Sonex builder event such a success! You can find other events, or submit your own Sonex Builder Event to our Builders' Events Calendar!

Sonex First Flight: Elwin Cook

Congratulations to Elwin Cook of Waco, Texas whose Jabiru 2200 powered, tricycle gear Sonex (S/N 673) flew for the first time on May 7th! "The 84 year old builder(me) nearly had a stroke when it started down the runway, but it flew beautifully," writes Elwin. Gold Wings are on the way!

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Sonex Flying Stories:
Aaron Knight's Latest Bahamas Adventure!

Sonex builder Aaron Knight has taken yet another epic cross-country Sonex flying adventure! This year, it was daughter Moriah's turn to get a trip to the Bahamas one-on-one with her dad via Sonex S/N 1024. Aaron's outstanding video of the trip, "Aaron & Moriah's Bahamas Sonex Flying Adventure!" can be seen on YouTube. Links to this great flying video and others made by Aaron and his kids can be found on our Sonex Flying Stories page!

NC Builders Host 3rd Annual Spring Fling!

Sonex builders Michael Crowder, Wayne Andrews, Peter & Shayne van Schalkwyk, and Charlie Steffey hosted the 3rd Annual Sonex Spring Fling on Saturday, May 5th at the Asheboro Regional Airport in North Carolina! "We had another successful fly-in here in North Carolina," writes the group.

The event attracted approximately 45 current and potential Sonex Aircraft builders with six Sonex Aircraft on-display. "We would like to thank Kip Laurie, Will Dovel, and Ron Fugunt for flying their beautiful airplanes into our event!" writes event organizers. The event included lunch, some hangar flying, and several breakout sessions covering many aspects of Sonex Aircraft. Demo flights were given to several attendees, and door prizes were awarded. Local FBO Cardinal Air awarded a 5 gallon fuel voucher to Kip Laurie for being the Sonex Aircraft pilot who flew the greatest distance to attend.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC would like to extend a huge "Thank You!" to Michael, Wayne, Peter, Shayne, Charlie and all attendees for making another great grass-roots Sonex builder event such a success! You can find other events, or submit your own Sonex Builder Event to our Builders' Events Calendar!

Onex First Flight: Bill Fisher - First Customer-Built Onex Single-Place Aircraft to Fly!

Congratulations to Bill Fisher of Jackson, Tennessee whose AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex (S/N ONX0018) flew for the first time today, May 10th, becoming the first customer-built example of the Onex single-place, folding-wing, aerobatic sport aircraft to take flight! Bill received the fourth Onex kit sold by Sonex Aircraft, shipped on August 5, 2011. A short video of the flight can be seen on YouTube. Gold Wings are on the way to Bill!

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Sonex Builder News: Brian Charlton Wins
Best Homebuilt at EAA Chapter 48 Fly-In

Sonex Aircraft, LLC would like to Congratulate Brian Charlton of Westchester, Ohio who won the "Best Homebuilt" award at the EAA Chapter 48 Annual Fly-In at Moraine Airpark with his AeroVee powered, standard gear Waiex (S/N W0126)!

Sonex First Flight: Greg Issitt

Congratulations to Greg Issitt of St. Louis, Missouri whose AeroVee powered, tricycle gear Sonex (S/N 1044) flew for the first time on May 5th! "The plane flies great," writes Greg. "I want to thank Kerry Fores [Sonex technical support], my EAA tech counselor Gale Derosier, Gary Johnson (s.n.77) for giving me stick time in his Sonex, and my wife Liz for all the support." A video of Greg's first flight can be seen on YouTube. Gold Wings are on the way!

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Sonex Spring Workshop a Success!

Sonex Aircraft celebrated it's 51st Sonex Builder's Workshop on May 5-6th, hosting another great group of current and prospective Sonex Aircraft builders! Attendees from across the country traveled to Oshkosh to learn more about building, owning and flying Sonex Aircraft. The group constructed sample Sonex metalworking projects, received detailed informational sessions about all Sonex Aircraft designs, engine options, AeroConversions products, and all other aspects of building, owning and operating Sonex Aircraft.

Cooperative weather afforded an opportunity on Saturday for several fly-by's of Sonex and Onex factory prototypes, as well as Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex fly-by's courtesy Sonex employee Wayne Daniels in his personal aircraft. Workshop attendees had the chance to inspect every inch of Sonex factory prototype aircraft, and try them on for size.

The Sonex Aircraft Workshop continues to be an extremely valuable experience for our builders, saving them time, money and answering many frequently asked questions in the building process. Sonex Builder Workshops are held several times per year at the Sonex Aircraft, LLC facilities in Oshkosh, WI, and significant kit discount incentives are offered for attendees. Our next Sonex Workshop will be held October 6-7, 2012. Sign-up Today!

Jeremy Monnett welcomes Workshop attendees, introduces the Sonex staff, and attendees introduce themselves to the group.

Jeremy performs a fly-by in the Sonex factory's Onex Single-Place, Folding-Wing Tri-Gear prototype.

Attendees admire Wayne Daniels' Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex.

Kerry Fores gives a presentation about reading Sonex Aircraft plans.

Jeremy gives a tour of the Sonex warehouse, giving attendees a look at kit parts and packaging.

Kerry demonstrates Sonex metalworking techniques to be used by attendees on their projects.

Attendees get to work...

Jeremy demonstrates the Sonex wing spar solid riveting technique with a Workshop attendee.

John Monnett illustrates the technique for squaring Sonex Aircraft fuselage assemblies.

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Sonex First Flight: Dan Morehouse

Congratulations to Dan Morehouse of Bellingham, Washington whose Jabiru 3300 powered, standard gear Sonex (S/N 200) flew for the first time on April 29th! David Mischke (pictured at-left with Dan, at-right) was the test pilot for the flight. "I'd like to recognize Paul O'Donnell, my mentor for the project along with Kerry Fores of Sonex Aircraft, LLC and the dozens of people in the online community for their help," writes Dan. Gold Wings are on the way!

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