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January-February, 2011

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Get the Latest Onex Info: Jeremy Monnett to be Interviewed on Powered Sport Flying Radio

Onex flight testing continues, and Jeremy Monnett will talk more about the single-place, folding-wing, aerobatic sport aircraft during his interview with Roy Beisswenger on the Powered Sport Flying Radio Show tomorrow, February 15th, at 12:10 PM, Central Time. If you miss the live internet broadcast, an archived recording of the interview will be posted next week. Also be sure to check-out our archived February 2nd EAA Webinar, available in video format, for an in-depth Onex presentation.

Read More About the Onex on our Hornets' Nest R&D Web Site!

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Sonex February Workshop a "Super" Weekend!

John Monnett gives a basic overview of fuselage construction techniques.

Sonex Aircraft hosted another great group of prospective builders at the 47th Sonex Aircraft Builder's Workshop on February 5-6! Attendees from across the country traveled to Oshkosh, despite Super Bowl weekend scheduling and a massive winter storm throughout the Midwest, to learn more about building, owning and flying Sonex Aircraft. 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. Unfortunately, low ceilings and snow showers prevented Sonex pilots from performing fly-by's for the crowd, however, attendees spent plenty of time examining factory prototypes and getting their questions thoroughly answered by Sonex staff.

New EAA President Rod Hightower visited the Sonex Workshop on Saturday afternoon, and spent the lunch break meeting and talking with Workshop attendees. Saturday's lunch break also included a brief presentation from Bob Mackey of Falcon Insurance, plan administrator for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan about homebuilt aircraft insurance considerations. On Saturday evening, many Workshop attendees took the opportunity to join Sonex Aircraft staff in attending the EAA Chapter 252 annual banquet, held in the EAA Founder's Wing. Attendees saw more of Rod Hightower, as he was the banquet's guest speaker. On Sunday afternoon, Charlie Becker of EAA made presentations to the group about aircraft certification, Sport Pilot regulations and more.

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 April 30-May 1, 2011. Sign-up Today!

Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett welcomes attendees, discusses the weekend's schedule, and introduces the Sonex staff.

Workshop attendees then get their turn with the microphone to introduce themselves and give their building and flying histories.

Sonex President and Founder John Monnett gives a walk-around presentation describing the common design elements and features of Sonex Aircraft airframes.

Sonex Lead Warehouse Associate Jason Algra gives a tour of the Sonex warehouse facilities, showing-off the features of Sonex Aircraft kit parts and packaging.

EAA Insurance Plan Administrator Bob Mackey of Falcon Insurance gives a briefing on homebuilt aircraft insurance considerations.

New EAA President Rod Hightower took the time to visit the Sonex Workshop, tour the facilities, and mingle with workshop attendees.

Workshop attendees had the opportunity to try-on the prototype Onex single-place, folding-wing, aerobatic sport aircraft.

Attendees get started on their sample metalworking projects, which represent every major skill required to build the aircraft.

Although most Workshop participants build from our kits with pre-formed parts, wing rib building is part of the Workshop so that builders learn basic aircraft metalworking concepts.

John Monnett begins Workshop day 2 with an in-depth discussion of Sonex Aircraft engine options and the evolution of VW aircraft engiens and our own AeroConversions AeroVee Engine Kit.

Sonex Aircraft's Mark Schaible gives a briefing on AeroVee Engine options as well as Jabiru Engines, Propellers, Instruments, Upholstery and kit accessories.

John Monnett demonstrates Sonex Aircraft control surface construction, showing details with a closed-circuit camera's overhead projection.

Kerry Fores, builder of Sonex SN# 9 "Metal Illness" talks about flying Sonex Aircraft, seen here using universal pilot hand symbology.

Workshop attendees complete their sample metalworking projects before heading home to begin work on the real thing!

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Onex Webinar Now Archived Online!

Last Night's Onex Webinar was a huge success, packed with great information and setting an attendance record for the most viewers of any EAA hosted webinar to-date, over 500! If you missed it last night, or would like to watch it again, the Onex Webinar is now archived online in Video Format.

Reminder: Catch the Onex Webinar Wednesday February 2nd at 7pm Central Time

Hot on the heels of our first flight of the Onex single-place, aerobatic, folding-wing kit aircraft, you can get all of your Onex questions answered by attending our Webinar tomorrow night: Wednesday, February 2 at 7pm Central Time. Sonex CEO and Onex designer Jeremy Monnett will give a detailed webinar presentation, hosted by EAA, updating the progress of the Onex project and fielding viewer questions about the aircraft.

Webinar presentations use slides and live audio from the presenter, and audience members can ask questions or be polled for their opinion in the webinar's interactive format. Space is limited, so Sign-Up Now!

Learn More about the Onex on the Hornets' Nest R&D web site!

Onex Single-Place, Folding-Wing, Aerobatic Sport Aircraft Makes First Flight!

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is proud to announce that the number one prototype of the new Onex single-place, folding-wing kit aircraft made its first flight yesterday, January 27, 2011 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. Piloted by Sonex General Manager, CEO, and Onex designer Jeremy Monnett, the AeroVee-powered N111NX made an extensive flight orbiting the field. Monnett also made a low approach before landing, signifying his satisfaction with the initial handling and performance of the aircraft.

"The airplane is sweet," commented Jeremy Monnett upon landing. "It feels great!" In celebration of the achievement, the "Corsair-style" wing-fold system was used to stow the aircraft back into the Hornets' Nest R&D hangar.

Read More, see more images, and watch a video of the first flight in today's official press release.

More information about the Onex can be obtained by watching an upcoming Onex webinar to be hosted by EAA and presented by Jeremy Monnett on February 2nd at 7:00pm central time. Additionally, more Onex progress updates will continue to be posted to the Hornets' Nest Research and Development web site as flight testing continues. Those interested can also join the Hornets' Nest mailing list to receive automated notification via email of new Onex progress updates posted to the site.

Read More About the Onex!

New Sonex Builder Database Feature Now Online: Sonex Builder Google Map!

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is proud to unveil new enhanced functionality for our searchable Sonex Builder Database, a new Google Maps powered interactive Sonex Builder Map!

The new Builder Map is linked directly to the Sonex Builder Database, so changes to your Builder Database account are instantly visible on the map.

You may log-in to the Sonex Builder Database, or request a Sonex Builder Database Log-In Account if you don't already have one, in order to change how your information displays in the map, database search results, Builders' Web Sites listing, and the Completions Gallery. Note: if you wish to have your Sonex Builder Database listing removed, see our Sonex Aircraft, LLC Privacy Policy for more information.

Sonex to Present Forums at Sun 'n Fun 2011

Sonex Aircraft, LLC will once again be conducting informational forums at the 2011 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 will be presented:

Note: Schedule has changed since this posting. See the Sonex Events Calendar for current schedule.

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Sonex First Flight: Gary Wright

Congratulations to Gary Wright of Barongarook, Victoria Australia whose AeroVee powered tri-gear Sonex (S/N 297) flew for the first time on December 28th! "I would like to thank Kerry Fores [Sonex technical support] for all his help over the past year, and anticipate a verrry good flying New year!!" writes Gary. "Bring on the Onex!!!!" Gold Wings are on the way!

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Onex Single-Place Kit Aircraft Webinar Scheduled for February 2: Sign-Up Today!

EAA is hosting a highly-successful program of Webinars (web based seminars) that feature expert presenters on a variety of aviation topics, and Sonex Aircraft has once again been invited to present. On Wednesday, February 2 at 7pm Central Time, Jeremy Monnett will present a Webinar about our new Onex single-place, folding-wing aircraft design. The presentation will last approximately 1 hour, and will provide a full update on the Onex development's progress to-date.

Webinar presentations use slides and live audio from the presenter, and audience members can ask questions or be polled for their opinion in the webinar's interactive format. Space is limited, so Sign-Up Now!

Learn More about the Onex on the Hornets' Nest R&D web site!


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