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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
January-February, 2014

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Announcing the Sonex Aircraft "Wings for Spring" Event: Buy Now and Save!

Sonex Aircraft is excited to announce our "Wings for Spring" savings event, with kit discounts available thru March 31st!

All current pricing, online order links and order forms can be found on our Pricing web page, including our Sonex Aircraft Total Cost Worksheet, which will help you estimate your aircraft construction budget.

Increase Your Savings and Knowledge With a Workshop!
You can take advantage of this Spring Sale Event, and still receive all of the discounts associated with attendance of our Sonex Builder Workshop seminars! You can buy a kit today, and receive Workshop discounts after completing the weekend program. Attending a Sonex Workshop will also set you up for maximum success with your project!

Learn More About the Sonex, Waiex, Xenos, Onex and AeroVee Products!

Reminder: Only Two Weeks Left to Register for the Spring Sonex Builders Workshop!

The Spring Sonex Builders Workshop is being held March 1-2, 2014, and there's still space available for those that wish to attend! The $200 registration fee is available for credit toward your plans or kit purchase. A number of kit discounts are also available only for Workshop attendees and their guests. Don't miss your chance to save a tremendous amount of money and time with these workshop discount opportunities. Sign-Up Today!

If you are interested in flying a Sonex Aircraft while you're here, be sure to contact our T-Flight staff to inquire about our Basic Aircraft Familiarization flight package!

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Sun 'n Fun 2014 Sonex Events:
Florida Sonex Association to Hold 2nd
Annual Spring Sonex Fest!

The Florida Sonex Association will be holding their 2nd Annual Spring Sonex Fest on April 5, 2014 at Dunnellon. This event is a great opportunity for Sun 'n Fun attendees to get a break from the busy Saturday crowds and learn more about Sonex Aircraft!
Get Directions from Lakeland!

Note: Registration is Required at the FSA web site so that event organizers and airport management can have enough food, refreshments, shade and other facilities prepared. Get more details at our Builders' Events Calendar!

Sonex Aircraft, LLC will once again be conducting informational forums at the 2014 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, FL. Although Sonex Aircraft will not have an official exhibitor presence at Sun 'n Fun, the following forums and events will be held:

  • Thursday, April 3rd, 12:00 pm Room #6: "SubSonex Jet from Sonex Hornets' Nest Research & Development Team"
  • Friday, April 4th, 11:00 am Room #3: "AeroVee Engine & AeroInjector: Sport Pilot Power"
  • Friday, April 4th, 1:00 pm Room #11: "The Sonex, Waiex, Xenos and Onex: Sport Pilot Designs"

Sonex Happy Hour Thursday! Sonex will once again be holding their Happy Hour event for Sonex builders, Thursday, April 3rd, 3pm at the Sunset Grill on SNF grounds.

Check-out the report from Sun 'n Fun 2013!

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See the Sonex Aircraft, LLC Company Events Calendar!

Sonex Builder Events: North Central Sonex Fly-In Proposed June 7th at Buffalo, MN Airport!

"We are looking to gauge the interest of Sonex builders, pilots and others to attend and participate in a regional Sonex fly-in at the Buffalo Airport, Buffalo, Minnesota," writes Sonex builder Wayne Flury. "This is a convenient and active airport, located west of Minneapolis, outside Class B airspace. EAA Chapter 878 hosts meetings and events at Buffalo, as well as their original home of Maple Lake, Minnesota." Find more details and contact Wayne with your feedback at our Builders' Events Calendar!

Event Organizers, Be Sure to Submit Your Events for 2014!

SubSonex Update: New Purchase and Training Options for Customers, Special Pricing Extended!

We are very proud and excited to have had the SubSonex Personal Jet featured as the cover story in the January, 2014 issue of EAA Sport Aviation Magazine! The full article, written by SubSonex primary test pilot Bob Carlton, can be found on EAA's web site. This article presents the perfect opportunity to post our first major project update since AirVenture, 2013.

In addition to an update of JSX-2 prototyping work accomplished since AirVenture, there is much news to report, including the following major announcements:

The full update can be read on our Hornets' Nest Research and Development web site. You can also read yesterday's official Press Release! If you are seriously interested in placing a SubSonex Kit Reservation Deposit, please feel free to contact us with your questions!

A new SubSonex flying video has also just been released on the Sonex Aircraft, LLC YouTube channel, and you can watch the video in its entirety below. Bob Carlton narrates a shake-down flight of the proof-of-concept SubSonex JSX-1 prototype, in preparation for AirVenture 2013. See the simple operation of the PBS TJ-100 engine, along with the flying qualities of JSX-1 first-hand!


Read More About the SubSonex Personal Jet!

Space is Still Available for the Sonex Builder's Workshop, March 1-2, 2014: Sign-Up Now!

Interested in building a Sonex Aircraft? You're invited to attend our next Sonex Builders Workshop, scheduled for March 1-2, 2014 here at the Sonex factory in Oshkosh! The $200 registration fee is available for credit toward your plans or kit purchase. A number of kit discounts are also available only for Workshop attendees and their guests. Don't miss your chance to save a tremendous amount of money and time with these workshop discount opportunities. Space is still available, so Sign-Up Now!

Catch the Action from the Fall, 2013 Workshop:
Read a full report from our last Workshop, October 5-6, and learn what's in-store for your March, 2014 Spring Workshop experience, on our web site News Archive.

Beat the Rush: Buy Now!
Note that there is no penalty for purchasing plans and/or kits in advance of the workshop. You receive the same discounts at the end of the workshop and you'll be first in line ahead of what we expect will be a strong list of post-workshop kit and engine orders.

Experience the Sonex Workshop AND a Sonex Aircraft Flight with our T-Flight Program:
Sonex Workshop attendees may sign-up for a Basic Aircraft Familiarization package via our T-Flight Transition Training program. Limited space is available and flight slots are weather-dependant. You may also extend your travel plans to fly during the week before or after the Workshop. Learn More about T-Flight and Sign-Up Today!

Get a 10 Percent Discount on Workshop Tools from Wicks Aircraft Supply!
Wicks Aircraft Supply is now offering a 10 percent discount on tools purchased for use at Sonex Builder's Workshops! Just mention your planned attendance of the Workshop when placing your order. Wicks can even ship your tools directly to Sonex Aircraft, LLC in anticipation of your arrival! See the Workshop Tools List on our Workshops web page. Wicks can also fill your Sonex Aircraft Hardware Kit needs once you begin building.

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Sonex Aircraft has Successful Showing at 2014 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo!

The Sonex booth at Sebring enjoyed brisk attendance throughout the show!

Sonex Aircraft, LLC recently exhibited at the 2014 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo for the second year in a row, and the show was a great success for Sonex! Sonex founders John and Betty Monnett manned the booth again this year for the January 16-19th event held in Sebring, FL. The Sonex booth was moved from an indoor exhibit space in 2013 to an outdoor booth in 2014 featuring local customer-built aircraft.

Special thanks goes to Mike January, founder and president of the Florida Sonex Association, for providing his nicely built Waiex S/N W0023 as the primary display aircraft throughout the show, bringing it in from his home in Homosassa, FL. Joe Haycraft also brought his Sonex S/N 9 in from Naples, FL for display in the booth for a day as-well, while several other local Sonex pilots flew-in to the show throughout the week.

Attendance in the Sonex booth was strong, as-was attendance of three forums presented by John during the show. There was much interest in homebuilt aircraft at the show, and many people visited just to see a Sonex Aircraft in-person for the first time.

No, that's not John Monnett's twin brother (that we're aware of). On the left is Mike January, who graciously donated his beautiful Waiex as the primary display aircraft in the Sonex Aircraft booth at Sebring 2014, and donated his time to speak to interested visitors. L to R: Mike January, Betty Monnett, John Monnett.

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Sonex Employee Anniversaries:
Kerry Fores Celebrates 11 Years of Service!

Congratulations to Kerry Fores, who celebrates his 11-year employment anniversary at Sonex Aircraft, LLC this month! Kerry has been with Sonex Aircraft since January 2003, but volunteered his time beginning in 1999 after learning of John Monnett's plans to develop the Sonex design. As Technical Communications Manager at Sonex, Kerry is primarily reponsible for leading our technical support efforts, while writing, maintaining and managing Sonex Aircraft technical manuals, instruction sheets and other documentation.

Read more about Kerry, and the rest of the Sonex Aircraft Team!

Reminder: Visit us at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, January 16-19, 2014!

Sebring starts tomorrow! Check us out at the 2014 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL. We are located at outdoor aircraft display space, booth# 106.

Sonex Aircraft pilots are encouraged to fly-in to the event, as Sebring organizers are now allowing LSA fly-in traffic to park on the ramp immediately adjacent to show grounds — you are no-longer required to park across the airport as-in past years! Aircraft camping is also permitted at this year’s Expo! (contact Sebring Airport at 863.655.6455 for full fly-in display area parking/camping details and information.) Several members of the Florida Sonex Association are planning to attend with their aircraft on-and-off throughout the show, so you may be able to see multple examples of Sonex Aircraft.

Sonex founders John and Betty Monnett will be at the booth again this year, and John will be presenting the following forums:

  • AeroVee Engine & AeroInjector: Sport Pilot Power
    (will include the latest info on the Turbo AeroVee project)
    Thursday, January 16, 2014, 1:00-2:15 PM - Forum Area 1

  • The Sonex, Walex, Xenos & Onex: Sport Pilot Designs
    Friday, January 17, 2014, 1:00-2:15 PM - Forum Area 1

  • SubSonex Jet Update
    Saturday, January 18, 2014, 1:00 2:15 PM - Forum Area 1

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Xenos First Flight: Dale Barkley

Congratulations to Dale Barkley of Paris, Illinois whose AeroVee powered Xenos (S/N X0045) flew for the first time on December 26th! "Flew straight and level on first flight," writes Dale. "My best compliment was from first flight pilot E Able with a big smile, 'you have got yourself a good airplane'. Want to give big thanks to Kerry and Jeremy for all the tech support I received." Gold Wings are on the way to Dale!

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Sonex Flying Stories:
Low-Level Sonex Fun Around the Globe!

With all of the versatility and capability of Sonex Aircraft for many different kinds of flying, there's no denying that the primary mission of our designs is to have fun! Much of that fun comes at 500 ft AGL and below. In today's update to our Sonex Flying Stories page, we bring you videos from three Sonex pilots having fun well-under 500 feet at opposite ends of the earth!

  • Colorado Flight Time in a Sonex
    Gary Motley brings us some low-level flying in Colorado, from the Eastern plains, over river and frozen lake, to the mountains. A little more altitude is required for some mountain time near Pikes Peak then around to Colorado Springs to meet up with another Sonex flyer for some airtime and pictures.

  • Faran Weekend
    Sonex builder Doron Mishor is one of only a handful of Sonex Aircraft customers in Israel. See the beauty of the Israeli Negev Desert landscape in this video, documenting a weekend trip of fun low-level flying for Doron and his friends in a diverse group of sport aircraft.

  • Tex Montes De Oca Crazy Flight
    One only needs to spend a minute on the YouTube channel of Tex Montes De Oca of Ecuador to see that he's a thrill seeker. Under the subject of "Don't Try This at Home Kids," Tex flies the Sonex built by German Cardenas Alvarez at low-level down the fierce whitewater of the Toachi River, then shows us some sky diving out of a helicopter.

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