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Sonex Aircraft News Archive
May-June, 2009

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7th Annual Sonex BBQ at Arlington
Fly-In Set for July 11th!

The 7th Annual Sonex BBQ at Arlington Fly-In is set for 3:00pm on July 11th (during the airshow portion of the Fly-In).

Location, Contact and RSVP Information along with a PDF map downoad are available on the Sonex Builders' Events Calendar, along with listings of other Sonex builder gatherings!

Sonex First Flight: Thomas Christensen

Congratulations to Thomas Christensen of San Ramon, California whose Standard Gear, Jabiru 2200 powered Sonex (S/N 702) flew for the first time on June 19th! "Thank you to all the good people at Sonex for providing the vehicle to fulfill my dream of owning a airplane," writes Tom. "Many thanks to my wife, Liz for her patience and support, and my friend Dave Wayda for his help and advice." Gold Wings are on the way!

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Considering a Kit Purchase? Buy Now Thru August 31 and Get Free Con-Way Shipping!

Sonex Aircraft is pleased to announce a special pricing incentive for Sonex, Waiex or Xenos Complete Airframe Kits available for a limited time: All Complete Airframe Kits purchased before August 31, 2009 will receive free shipping to the continental United States and Canada. Sonex Aircraft would like to thank our LTL freight carrier Con-Way for being such a strong partner and allowing Sonex to provide this outstanding incentive.

As the unchallenged leader in affordable kit aircraft flying, this short-term incentive provides a rare opportunity to save even more on the Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos. There will never be a better time to make your dream of building and flying your own aircraft a reality. Even more shipping expense can be saved if the AeroVee Engine Kit is ordered at the same time. The AeroVee Engine Kit can easily fit on the same pallet as the Complete Airframe Kit.

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New Sonex Video Tip: Polishing Aluminum

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The latest in the EAA Hints for Homebuilders video series shows the ins and outs of polishing 6061-T6 aluminum with Nuvite Polish. Nuvite can be purchased directly from Sonex Aircraft, LLC.

You can see a complete index of Sonex-relevant EAA Hints for Homebuilders videos on our Sonex Video Tips page.

Sonex Aircraft in the News: JetWhine Blog Highlights Sonex "Old Fashioned Focus"

Sonex Aircraft, LLC utilizes a very deliberate business model to bring The Best Performance Per Dollar to the kit aircraft marketplace. A feature article published yesterday in the JetWhine aviation news blog: "Old Fashioned Focus Sustains Sonex," details the business principles, values and strategies that enable our company to serve you better and remain viable in a tough economy.

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6th Annual Northern California Sonex Fly-In at Rio Linda Another Great Success!

A total of 11 Sonex Aircraft were on display at the 6th Annual Northern California Sonex Fly-In held on May 23 at Rio Linda Airport in Rio Linda, California. Over 60 hot dogs and almost 90 hamburgers were served to a large crowd of attendees throughout the day. The temperatures were in the mid-80's with a light breeze and the crowd enjoyed Sonex Aircraft rides, fly-by's, a flour bombing contest and camraderie. Sonex Aircraft, LLC would like to extend special thanks to Eric and Jennifer Scheppers for once again hosting an outstanding event this year! If you are planning to host a Sonex Aircraft gathering in your area, please be sure send us the details for posting on our Builders' Events Calendar!

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Sonex First Flight: Danny Cash

Congratulations to Danny Cash of Chillicothe, Ohio whose Standard Gear Sonex (S/N 343) flew for the first time on May 31! "Thanks for an excellent set of plans, making this plane not only great to fly but enjoyable to build," writes Danny. Gold Wings are on the way!

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Waiex First Flight: R. Dean Schumacher

Congratulations to R. Dean Schumacher of Tehachapi, California whose Jabiru 2200 powered, Standard Gear Waiex (S/N W0078) flew for the first time on May 28! Gold Wings are on the way to Dean!

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250th Sonex Aircraft First Flight: Charles Foth

Congratulations to Charles Foth of Ramona, California whose AeroVee powered, Tri-Gear Sonex (S/N 591) flew for the first time on May 26, becoming the 250th reported Sonex Aircraft completion! "The plans and support form the Sonex Factory are first class," writes Charles. "All questions regarding construction are patiently answered (Thanks Kerry!). A big thanks to to my best gal Pam for her support, and to Robert for reaching those little places. Now, what remains is to become current as a pilot.  Thank you Niccolai for making that first test flight--no squawks on S/N 591." Gold Wings are on the way to Charles!

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New Sonex Video Tip: AeroVee Valve Adjustment

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The latest in the EAA Hints for Homebuilders video series details proper techniques for checking and adjusting the valves on your AeroVee Engine. Note that this process is also detailed, step-by-step, in the AeroVee Assembly Manual provided with your AeroVee Engine Kit.

You can see a complete index of Sonex-relevant EAA Hints for Homebuilders videos on our Sonex Video Tips page.

Experience Sonex Aircraft at the 6th Annual Northern California Sonex Fly-In!

Preparations are being made for another great Northern California Sonex Fly-In, to be held this Saturday, May 23! The 6th annual event hosted by Eric and Jennifer Scheppers will once again be held at Rio Linda Airport (L36) Rio Linda, CA. A taco lunch will be served at Noon. Flour bombing and spot landing contests are also planned. This is a great opportunity for prospective builders in the Western US to see Sonex Aircraft up-close and talk to Sonex builders about their experiences! For more information, contact Eric and Jennifer Scheppers at:

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Sonex First Flight: Mike Rosman

Congratulations to Mike Rosman of Eagle, Wisconsin whose Jabiru 3300 powered, Standard Gear Sonex (S/N 1004) flew for the first time on May 8! "I am extremely impressed with its performance and it exceeded all of my expectations," reports Mike. "I had no issue at all with the first flight that lasted one hour.  I would like to thank my Dad, Bill Rosman for all the help and encouragement.  Together we built an awesome airplane.  I would also like to thank my wife Stacy for putting up with an airplane in the garage for 2.5 years and thank you Sonex for your help and designing a great airplane." Gold Wings are on the way to Mike!

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Sonex in the News: Bill Hooten's Sonex Featured in Sportsman Pilot Magazine

Bill Hooten's beautifully-constructed Sonex (SN# 780) graces the cover of the Spring, 2009 issue of Sportsman Pilot magazine. The three-page feature article by Jack Cox details the construction project completed by Bill and his father and illustrates the aviation lifestyle that Bill is very fortunate to lead: working as a commercial helicopter pilot, living on an airpark in Greenbriar, Arkansas, and volunteering as a crew chief on the EAA's B-17 tour.

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Another Great Sonex Workshop Weekend
Held at Sonex Aircraft, LLC!

Sonex Aircraft hosted another large group of enthusiastic current and prospective builders at our 42nd Sonex Aircraft Builder's Workshop on May 2-3. We enjoyed outstanding weather throughout the weekend allowing several opportunities for Sonex Aircraft fly-by's. The group constructed sample Sonex metalworking projects, received detailed informational sessions about Sonex, Waiex and Xenos Aircraft, engine options, AeroConversions products, and all other aspects of building, owning and operating Sonex Aircraft. Guest speakers included Charlie Becker, of EAA headquarters staff, and Bob Mackey, administrator of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan.

The superior economy and performance of Sonex Aircraft continues to attract new builders to discover all that our "Reality Check" approach to Sport Pilot aircraft has to offer.

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 3-4, 2009. Sign-up Today!

Jeremy Monnett welcomes attendees, introduces staff, and makes the weekend's opening remarks.

Workshop attendees had the opportunity to inspect every inch of the factory prototype and customer-built aircraft on display.

Attendees saw the Xenos Motorglider fly, demonstrating both its impressive speed and outstanding soaring efficiency in several engine-on and engine-off passes.

John Monnett demonstrates the Sonex Sport Acro in a high-speed pass, smoke-on!

Jeremy demonstrates a low-speed pass in the Sonex Sport Trainer.

The East side of Wittman Regional Airport is reflected in the polished skins of Kerry Fores' Sonex.

Local builder and part-time Sonex employee Wayne Daniels once again provided his Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex for the Workshop.

Workshop attendees take a tour of the Sonex warehouse led by Jason Algra to see Sonex Aircraft kit parts and packaging.

Several "walk-around" sessions were given by John Monnett to show the features of Sonex Aircraft and AeroVee engines.

Attendees built their plans reading and metalworking skills with a hands-on project (above).

Jeremy instructs a builder on the Sonex technique for hand-setting solid rivets (left).

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