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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
July-August, 2008

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Sonex In The News:
Jeffrey Shultz Interviewed on Ultraflight Radio

Sonex builder and pilot Jeffrey Shultz (Sonex SN 604) was interviewed by Ultraflight Radio on August 19. Shultz answered questions about his experiences building an AeroVee powered Sonex in approximately 1 year's time, while balancing family commitments with a wife and 2 young children and an Army career. The interview is now archived for download on the Ultraflight Radio web site! Be sure to also check-out Jeff's article "Building a Sonex: A Lesson in Life," which was printed in the June, 2007 issue of EAA Sport Pilot magazine, and is available for download in PDF form here: 820kb PDF file.

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Machined Angle Components Now Available for Individual Sale!!!

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is pleased to announce that, by popular demand, Sonex and Waiex Machined Angle Component Kit parts are now available for individual sale! See the Machined Angle Component Kit page or the Sonex Scratch Building pages for all pricing and links to purchase via the Sonex Web Store.

Sonex First Flight: Richard Fisher

Congratulations to Richard Fisher of Franklin, Pennsylvania, whose Jabiru 3300 powered, Standard Gear Sonex (S/N 76) flew for the first time on August 24. "I am very pleased to report that at 12:45 PM today, Sonex N176DF, aka Midnight Mistress, leapt off the runway and took to the clear blue skies for the very first time," reported Richard. "She was piloted by my friend and CFI Richard Smith, a 34,000 hour pilot. Richard reported that N176DF handled very well with no bad flight characteristics." Gold Wings are on the way to Richard!

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Sonex Featured in Pilot Getaways Magazine

Sonex SN 9 "Metal Illness," piloted by builder and Sonex employee Kerry Fores, graces the pages of the July/August 2008 issue of Pilot Getaways magazine, illustrating an article about Wisconsin Dells, WI. Find Out More about how Sonex Aircraft make the perfect platform for those weekend getaway vacations!

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8th Ontario Sonex BBQ a Success!

The 8th Annual Sonex BBQ was a great success once again this year. Organized by Sonex builder Brian Heinmiller (Sonex SN 134) and sponsored by the Toronto Region chapter of the Recreational Aircraft Association, the event was held once again at the Brampton, ON airport CNC3. "We had good weather this year and we were delighted to have Chris and Joe McNally fly in with their gorgeous Sonex [SN 327] all the way from Carp, some 2 hours to the east," reports Brian. "We had 20 people with name tags and a bunch without, and drop-ins from the local club for the burgers, sausages, salad, and Nancy's brownies. Probably our biggest and best BBQ yet." "...There are some terrific airplanes in the works in this part of the world. Lots of good conversation, technical talk and acquaintances renewed. The Sonex attracts great people and we proved that once again on Saturday."

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Sonex First Flight: Andrew Capigatti

Congratulations to Andrew Capigatti of Winfield, Illinois, whose AeroVee powered, Tricycle Gear Sonex (S/N 717) flew for the first time on August 9. "The plane flies like a Sonex," reports Andrew, "...even for a low time pilot like myself. Thanks Mr. John Monnett for the  wonderful design. Thanks Kerry Fores [Sonex Tech Support] for the prompt help received by telephone or e-mail. Last but not least a special thank you to my wife Giuliana for using the garage’s space and support." Gold Wings are on the way to Andrew!

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Sonex First Flight: Harold Albright

Congratulations to Harold Albright of Stow, Ohio, whose AeroVee powered, Tricycle Gear Sonex (S/N 888) flew for the first time on August 9. Gold Wings are on the way to Harold!

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 an Outstanding Week for Sonex Aircraft!

Sonex Aircraft just completed a highly successful EAA AirVenture 2008 fly-in. The Sonex booth was busier than ever before as the Best Performance Per Dollar price tags, and fuel pumps advertising the superior fuel economy of Sonex Aircraft brought many into the booth interested in truly affordable aviation.

The week began with our 5th Annual Open House event on Sunday, July 27. Over 200 people were in attendance and several customer-built Sonex Aircraft were on-display. The day wrapped-up with the traditional mass-taxi of customer and factory-prototype Sonex Aircraft across Wittman Regional Airport for arrival at AirVenture show grounds.

The Sonex Staff spent many hours discussing all things Sonex with current and future builders and highlighted the benefits of attending the Sonex Workshop series. Consequently, the October 4th and 5th workshop is filling up fast!

The new Machined Angle Component Kit and Pre-Assembled Main Wing Spar optional airframe kit upgrades, announced earlier this year, were the subject of much interest during the show. There was also much interest in the new AeroVee 2.1 Engine Kit due largely to its affordable price, economy and elegant design.

Phil Simon completed a cross country from California to Maine and back to Oshkosh to touch down in all Lower-48 United States in 3 separate long cross-country flights, proving the Sonex with the AeroVee is a capable Cross-Country platform for Sport Pilots. His aircraft was featured in the EAA Affordable Flying Center (see movie on

Several Forums were held throughout the week, including two forum presentations and one Theater in the Woods presentation regarding the E-Flight Initiative in which the E-Flight design team discussed the current state of the electric powerplant project. The E-Flight proof-of-concept electric powered Waiex was on display in the EAA Welcome Center all week.

A heartfelt Thank You to all Sonex Pilots who brought their aircraft! A total of fourteen customer-built Sonex Aircraft participated in the show: Phil Simon/Jerry Bassler (Sonex SN: 492), Tony Lewis (Sonex SN: 447), Wayne Andrews (Sonex SN: 35), David Koelzer (Sonex SN: 36), Wayne Daniels (Sonex SN: 444), Chris Williams (Sonex SN: 732), William Hooten (Sonex SN: 780), Robert Eley (Sonex SN: 388), Frank Basile (Sonex SN: 947), Bill Brown (Sonex SN: 642), Brian Heinmiller (Sonex SN: 134), Gary Housewright (Sonex SN: 362), Ronald Rasmussen (Sonex SN: 224), and Kerry Fores (Sonex SN: 9).

The Sonex booth at AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 captured much attention from the crowd with it's bold graphics illustrating the superior economy and performance of Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions products. (pictured above and below)
The Sonex Aircraft, LLC Open House event attracted many customer-built Sonex aircraft and over 200 attendees throughout the day! (above, left and right)

The E-Flight proof-of-concept electric powered Waiex attracted much attention in the EAA Welcome Center.

John Monnett and Pete Buck participate in the Electric Aircraft Panel Discussion forum.
The E-Flight Initiative Forum was well attended (left), and John Monnett also gave a presentation about the E-Flight Electric Aircraft project to a packed house in the Theater in the Woods. (below, left and right)

Phil Simon and Jerry Bassler's Sonex SN# 492 featured in the EAA Affordable Flying Center.

Phil Simon gives an Affordable Flying Center forum about flying to all Lower-48 states in Sonex 492.

Sonex Builder Phil Simon Touches-Down in All Lower-48 United States; May Be First to Make Trip Operating as a Sport Pilot!

On July 21, 2008 Sonex builder and pilot Phil Simon touched-down at the Cecil County Airport in Maryland, marking the 48th state in which Simon has landed in his AeroVee powered, tricycle gear Sonex. Simon landed in all of the lower-48 United States while operating as a Sport Pilot, being perhaps the first to complete this journey under the new regulations in a fixed-wing Light Sport Aircraft!

On Thursday, July 23, Phil Simon arrived at Sonex Aircraft, LLC facilities on Wittman Regional Airport, in preparation to have his aircraft featured in the EAA Affordable Flying Center during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Simon will be giving two forum presentations in the Affordable Flying Center, four times throughout the week of AirVenture. The full schedule of forums can be found on our Company Events page.

Phil's entire flight log from this journey can be found on the new Sonex Flying Stories page of our web site. In addition, a press release was issued to the media today regarding this landmark occasion.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC extends a heart-felt congratulations to Phil for his outstanding acheivement!

The Stage is Set for Sonex Open House and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008!

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is finishing preparations at the Sonex Factory and AirVenture grounds display booth for the Super Bowl of our calendar year!

The Annual Sonex Aircraft Open House event is scheduled for Sunday, July 27 from 10 am to 3 pm. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 will be held from July 28 through August 3 and Sonex Aircraft, LLC will once again be exhibiting in the North Aircraft Display, Booth 464. In addition there will be many Sonex and AeroConversions-related forums and attractions at this year's AirVenture show. A complete listing of forums, along with more detailed information about our Open House event, can be found on our Company Events Page.

You can also download a schedule of Sonex and AeroConversions Events and Attractions, along with a simplified Map of where to find Sonex Attractions on AirVenture grounds: AirVenture_08_schedule-map.pdf

We can't wait to see you here for the World's Premiere Aviation Event!

New Waiex Embroidered Plane Caps Are Here!

Just in-time for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008: New Waiex Embroidered Plane Caps are here! Waiex Caps are available in 3 colors: Khaki, Yellow and Dark Charcoal/Gray.

Waiex Embroidered
Plane Cap $20

Announcing New AeroConversions Web Site!

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is pleased to unveil a new look for its AeroConversions product line, a redesigned web presence at

The new features the entire AeroConversions product line and detailed sales and support information, including the new AeroCarb Selection Wizard, making it easier than ever to choose the AeroCarb and accessories that are right for your sport aircraft's engine installation. The new web site also features an enhanced AeroVee Installations page, with pictures and links to more information showing the wide variety of airframes using the popular AeroVee Engine.

Sonex First Flight: Charles Kane

Congratulations to Charles Kane of Gallion, Alabama, whose AeroVee powered, Tricycle Gear Sonex (S/N 687) flew for the first time on July 11. Gold Wings are on the way to Charles!

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E-Flight Initiative Featured in AirVenture Update Video: Project to be Displayed in EAA Welcome Center

The Sonex and AeroConversions E-Flight Initiative Electric project is featured in the latest "AirVenture Update" video on The E-Flight Electric Waiex will be on-display in the EAA Welcome Center during this year's show.

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Sonex Warehouse AirVenture Pick-Up Hours

Sonex Aircraft, LLC will again have its warehouse open for order pick-up during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. The Sonex warehouse will be open Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1, between the hours of 9am and Noon. All pickup orders must be placed in advance. Please place all AirVenture pickup orders by Friday, July 18.

Note that no parts pickups or exchanges will be made at the AirVenture Sonex Booth. All parts exchanges at the Sonex warehouse may be made by appointment only. If you have an item to exchange, please contact:

Note that tours of the Sonex Aircraft facility will be available during the Sonex Aircraft Open House Fly-In, which will be held the day before AirVenture begins, Sunday, July 27 from 10am to 3pm.

More Details about Sonex Activities during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 can be found on our Company Events page.

AeroConversions Products in the News:
AeroVee 2.1 Featured in Sport Aviation


As part of a new "Frugal Flying" series of articles, EAA Sport Aviation Magazine features the AeroVee 2.1 in the July issue. The article, "Affordable Engines ...For your homebuilt," written by Doc Mosher, discusses many of the AeroVee's virtues, particularly its economy, performance, completeness of the kit, and quality of the parts, documentation and support. To learn more about the AeroVee Engine Kit, check-out our Engines page, or go to:

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Just in-time for AirVenture Oshkosh:
New Sonex Screenprint T-Shirts!!!

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is pleased to announce its new line of Screenprint T-Shirts, just in-time for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008! These white T-Shirts are availble with 3 new artwork designs: Sonex; Waiex; and a shirt featuring the Entire Sonex Fleet. Each shirt is available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large, priced at $12 each.

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Sonex First Flight: J Davis

Congratulations to J. Davis of Appin Ontario, Canada, whose Jabiru 3300 powered, Standard Gear Sonex (S/N 325) flew for the first time on July 3. "The aircraft flew beautifully," reported J. "I spent the rest of today trying (unsuccessfully) to get the Sonex smile off of my face!" Gold Wings are on the way!

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