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March-April, 2006

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Waiex First Flight: John McCarter
Announcing the second customer-built Waiex completion! Congratulations go to John McCarter of Mansfield, Ohio, who flew his AeroVee Powered, Standard Gear, Waiex (S/N W0018) for the first time yesterday! John completed and flew his Waiex just over 16 months from receiving his Complete Airframe Kit. Gold wings are on the way!

Announcing First Annual Sonex Aircraft
"Fly-O-Rama" Fly-In!

Save the date: Saturday, June 17th 2006, the first annual Sonex Aircraft "Fly-O-Rama" Fly-In will be held from 10 am to 3 pm at the Sonex Factory in Oshkosh, WI. Everyone is welcome to fly or drive-in to this laid-back and informal event. The factory will be open for self-guided tours, and Sonex pilots will be on-hand to answer your questions. Come check it out!

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Jarvis Wins at Narromine, Again!

Australian Sonex builder Lynn Jarvis won "Best Overall Aircraft" at Natfly 2006, the national meeting of Recreational Aviation Australia at Narromine NSW, Australia. This marks the third year in-a-row that Jarvis has taken home these honors for his Sonex (S/N 0143) from the Narromine show, at which hundreds of aircraft are displayed and judged.

Jarvis with his first Narromine trophy in 2004.

"Shocked and surprised can't describe my reaction," remarked Jarvis. "I believe a lot has to do with the design itself, the only Sonex on the field, and this time with the new gleaming white glass covered Sensenich prop which sets off the paint job perfectly... I met with quite a number of [Sonex] builders, some I had previously known only from emails. Like the previous meetings, there were so many interested people I talked myself hoarse."

Sonex Aircraft, LLC extends its congratulations to Jarvis for this achievement. His fine workmanship has won the highest praises of three separate judging panels at Australia's premiere recreational aviation event, and has been an inspiration to other Sonex builders, worldwide.

Sonex First Flight: Dennis Miller

Congratulations to Dennis Miller, who flew his 3300 Jabiru Powered, Standard Gear, Dual Stick Sonex (S/N 0420) for the first time last weekend! Dennis stopped-by the Sonex factory on Monday and his gold wings were pinned on him by Sonex Staff.

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Sonex Wraps-up Successful Sun 'n Fun 2006

Sonex staff have returned to Oshkosh after another successful Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, FL. Although overall show attendance numbers seemed to be down, Sonex had steady booth traffic during the show, and many current builders stopped-by as well. The Sonex Builder Party was well attended and fun was had by all. The Sonex "Escape Pod" cockpit mockup was a success in reducing cockpit try-on wear-and-tear on flying Sonex prototypes, and it earned some press attention from our April Fool's Day press release.

Sonex "Escape Pod" makes a splash!

John Monnett gives a forum about AeroConversions products.

A huge "Thank You" to the Sonex pilots who flew in and especially to Tony Spicer, who had his aircraft on display at the Sonex booth all week long. Tony Spicer and the Sonex Sport Trainer prototype flew most every morning doing both high (180+ mph) and low (50 mph) speed passes.

Sonex employee Kerry Fores made it home safely in his Sonex SN# 9 and preliminarily reported an average fuel burn with the Jabiru 3300 and AeroCarb of 5.16 GPH from start-up to shut-down, cruising at 2950 RPM. More details to follow...

Sun 'n Fun 2006 Builder's Party Group Picture.

New! AeroConversions Throttle Quadrant

Announcing another addition to Sonex Aircraft, LLC's AeroConversions product line. The AeroConversions Throttle Quadrant, designed to work with the AeroConversions AeroCarb and other carburetors, is an attractive, simple and easy to install throttle quadrant giving the sport pilot positive and precise throttle control at a competitive price, $75.00.

The AeroConversions Throttle Quadrant works with the newest AeroCarbs fitted with optional pull control (older AeroCarbs may be upgraded for pull control), or with any other carburetor equipped for reversing pull-throttle actuation. Customers may optionally attach external linkage to a hole provided in the upper throttle arm to convert the AeroConversions Throttle Quadrant to a non-reversing control.

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Sonex Aircraft Adds Two New Employees!

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of two new full-time employees at our Oshkosh, WI facility.

Aviation attracts some of the world’s best and brightest people, and Sonex Aircraft, LLC is no exception. Jason Algra, an aviation enthusiast who has been keeping an eye on Sonex for several years, has made the move all the way from Huntington Beach, CA to become Sonex Aircraft, LLC’s new Warehouse Lead Associate. Formerly a Site Manager for Triple Crown Sports, Algra is currently restoring a 1940 Porterfield and has been an occasional volunteer at the Planes of Fame museum in Chino, CA. Jason will be bringing his considerable logistics experience to bear, helping Sonex Aircraft continue to stock and ship Sonex and AeroConversions products.

As Sonex Aircraft, LLC continues to grow, drawing and part control becomes a larger and more cumbersome task. David Hanson, a graduate of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI has joined the Sonex staff to work in a drafting and part control capacity. This move will allow Sonex Research and Development and management staff to move forward more rapidly with development of the Sonex and AeroConversions product lines. Hanson, a professional in the use of the newest CAD technologies, has previously interned for the Metso Corporation and has worked for Pierce Manufacturing.

Jason and David bring even more flexibility and expertise to an already extremely talented Sonex staff. Their addition allows us to serve a rapidly growing number of aviation enthusiasts. We expect great things out of both of these new hires. Sonex and AeroConversions will continue to actively invest in Research and Development for both introducing new products to the aviation market along with continually improving and refining existing product lines. We continue to operate the entire company as efficiently and effectively as possible and deliver the best performance per dollar aircraft and engine components available in the market today.

Sonex Makes Sun 'n Fun Preparations

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is making final preparations for Sun n Fun 2006! The van and trailer with the Sonex Sport Trainer will be departing at the end of this week. The Sun n Fun Fly-In runs from Tuesday, April 4th through Monday, April 10th in Lakeland, FL.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC will have 3 booths again this year. Sonex and AeroConversions will be located in Booth Spaces E53 and E54 along with Aircraft Space 7. We are again planning to do fly-bys first thing in the morning as the air show schedule and weather allows.

Sonex founders John and Jeremy Monnett will be presenting several forums at Sun 'n Fun on Sonex and AeroConversions products. For a complete forum schedule, see the Sonex Events Calendar.

The Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos Builders Gathering will again be held at the Sonex Booth on Friday, April 7th from 5PM-7PM. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Almost the entire Sonex Team will be making the trip to Sun n Fun this year. For those of you not heading to the show, Sonex will have regular business hours the week of April 3rd, but it will be with a very limited staff. We ask for your patience in responding to all inquiries during this week.

Sonex First Flight: Gus Schlegel

Congratulations to Gus Schlegel, who flew his second Sonex project (S/N 0770) for the first time on March 28! Gus previously build and sold Sonex S/N 0385 and he built Sonex 770 in 12 months time. Gold wings are on the way to Gus, again!

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Sonex First Flight: Robert Ruggles

Congratulations to Robert Ruggles, who flew his 3300 Jabiru Powered , Standard Gear, Center Stick Sonex (S/N 0557) for the first time on St. Patrick's Day!

"I have spent the last week flying and I LOVE MY PLANE!" writes Ruggles, "I spent less than a hour installing the AeroCarb and have not had to touch it since." Gold Wings are on the way, Robert!

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Welcome to the new !

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is extremely pleased to announce our new web presence, This new web site is a complete redesign of the former and includes two very powerful features, the new Builder Database, and the Sonex Web Store.

We expect that the feature-packed will become a valuable customer service tool and will further add to the efficiency of the Sonex business model. Please feel free to send your questions or comments to Mark Schaible, creator of and the Sonex Web Store at

Announcing New Kit Parts

Sonex is pleased to announce a number of new parts available for order now. Note that all Sonex and Waiex Kit Orders placed after February 6th will include these parts.

These new parts include some laser-cut parts, bushings, and springs and are available on an individual basis or as a set to all Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos customers.

Sonex First Flight: Wayne Daniels

Congratulations to Wayne Daniels, who flew his 3300 Jabiru Powered Sonex (S/N 0444) for the first time today! His Gold Wings were pinned on him today!

At left are pictures of Wayne with his wife Kathy and below is a picture of a salute to Wayne's achievement by Waiex Pilot Drew Waterworth.

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New! Sonex Patches

A new way to wear your Sonex Pride... we are pleased to introduce Sonex Patches! Five different patches are available. The three Sonex Family aircraft name patches (Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos) along with a Sonex Silver Wings Logo and AeroConversions Logo. $2 each plus shipping. To order,visit the Sonex Web Store.


Jabiru Announces 3300 Pricing Program

Jabiru USA has announced a special pricing program for the introduction of Jabiru 3300 Engines with hydraulic lifters. If you are not in immediate need for your engine, you can order a Jabiru 3300 and pay a $5000 down payment. You will then receive a $400 discount and your engine will be delivered in a few months. Program details are located on the Engine Orders Page.

Sonex First Flight: Cris Hardaway

Congratulations to Cris Hardaway, who flew his AeroVee Powered Sonex (S/N 0637) for the first time today! Gold wings are on the way!

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