FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
First Customer-Built SubSonex Personal Jet Flies!
Second Factory Prototype Also Achieves First Flight;
SubSonex Books More Airshows
October 16, 2015, Oshkosh, WI
Sonex Aircraft extends its congratulations to Redge Greenberg of Durango, Colorado, who made the first flight of SubSonex serial number JSX0003 yesterday, October 15th: the first customer-built SubSonex Personal Jet to fly! “I flew the SubSonex this morning, for about 35 minutes… all went well,” writes Redge. “My regards to Dwight Tolfer who was a big help for me during the construction project that was done almost entirely in my garage.”
Redge received the first SubSonex kit delivery in February, 2015, an Ultra-Quick-Build kit with optional Triton Trailer (see our February 16th Press Release). The SubSonex is sold as a Quick Build Kit only, leaving very little work for the customer, and providing almost everything needed to fly with the exception of avionics and paint! Two Quick Build Kit versions are offered: an EAB-compliant kit for the traditional builder including pre-built wings, fuselage and canopy; and an Experimental Exhibition category Ultra- Quick Build Kit with no “51 percent rule” restrictions. The Ultra-Quick Build customer will install the easily-removable outboard wing panels, engine and fuel system, bolt-in the retractable landing gear, install avionics, electrical systems and controls, install the supplied BRS, fiberglass components and upholstery, and add paint.
“I hold commercial glider, helicopter & single engine land licenses, accumulating 4500+ hours in numerous aircraft,” wrote Greenberg for our February press release, “but I never got the chance to fly a jet. I first saw the prototype of the SubSonex at Oshkosh, and followed the development for over a year. When Sonex offered the jet as a kit, I was first in line. Like my RV8, the SubSonex is aerobatic, but the Sonex company also included a ballistic parachute for extra safety.”
With two SubSonex JSX-2 factory prototype aircraft now flying, Redge’s SubSonex makes number 3 in the worldwide fleet, with 6 more customer kits currently under construction.
2nd Factory Prototype SubSonex JSX-2 Achieves First Flight on October 7th
The skies over Oshkosh were once again filled with tiny jet noise on the afternoon of October 7th as the JSX-2 worldwide fleet doubled with first flight of SubSonex N241SJ! John Monnett took the sister ship of #1 JSX-2 prototype N141SJ for a short flight, which was uneventful and successful. #2 JSX-2 N241SJ was constructed at the same time as N141SJ, but flying the aircraft took a back seat to flying and refining it’s “Sonex yellow” sibling, leading to it’s use advertising the design as the airshow bird of Bob Carlton’s Vertigo Airshows. The gray, shark-mouthed JSX-2 #2 will serve as Sonex’s Oshkosh-based SubSonex factory demonstrator, and incorporates all the latest refinements to the SubSonex design.
Two More Shows Added to SubSonex Airshow Schedule
Bob Carlton recently added the 8th and 9th events to the SubSonex 2015 performance schedule, capping-off a hugely successful year for the inaugural show season in the new jet. We are particularly excited to announce that the SubSonex will be performing at the annual Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show! The SubSonex offers a unique experience in jet shows, combining jet speed with small aircraft maneuverability and close-in aerobatics. See the full show schedule on the Sonex Events Page.
- Boshears Skyfest: October 17-18th, Augusta, GA
This air show and fly-in will be celebrating it’s 22nd annual event in 2015. The show is dedicated to inspire others to fly, especially youth in the Central Savannah River Area.
- NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show: November 6-7th, Pensacola, FL
The Blue Angel Homecoming Air Show is an annual tradition at NAS Pensacola, wrapping-up the season with a special show to thank residents of the Blue Angels’ home base community. Attractions include the Naval Aviation Museum, and the opportunity to get a unique look at the operations of the Blue’s home field. After Aero-News.net suggested the SubSonex as replacement aircraft for the USAF Thunderbirds, Sonex Aircraft is hopeful that Navy admirals will take interest in the SubSonex during the Pensacola show.
Sonex Aircraft, LLC is a leader in the experimental kit aircraft industry, providing a series of sport aircraft along with the AeroConversions line of products, which include the AeroVee engine, AeroVee Turbo, AeroInjector and ancillary aviation products. Sonex Aircraft’s Sonex, Waiex, and Onex sport planes, the Xenos sport motorglider, and the SubSonex Personal Jet, offer outstanding performance in an easy to build, easy to fly kit package that can be purchased and completed with full technical support at an unrivaled price. Highly regarded as an engineering company, Sonex has diversified its offerings to include the Teros line of UAV aircraft for civil and defense missions in conjunction with Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation. Sonex and AeroConversions continue to invest heavily in developing new products. Our team is committed to providing simple, elegant and low-cost solutions for sport flying. Simply put, Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions products provide the Best Performance Per Dollar. Check us out at www.SonexAircraft.com and www.AeroConversions.com
HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD:
The SubSonex takes-up very little space in Redge Greenberg’s hangar, making it the perfect recreational second airplane for the pilot with larger “family haulers.” Download Full Resolution (300 dpi, 5.7mb JPEG file)
SUBSONEX PERSONAL JET HOME PAGE: http://www.sonexaircraft.com/subsonex
FEBRUARY 16TH PRESS RELEASE – FIRST SUBSONEX KIT DELIVERY TO REDGE GREENBERG: http://www.sonexaircraft.com/pr_021615
2015 SUBSONEX AIRSHOW SCHEDULE: http://www.sonexaircraft.com/sonex-company-events-calendar/
SUBSONEX AIRSHOW PERFORMANCES ON SUBSONEX YOUTUBE PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLO6tMbMVaApEBvDqvd4qR5JYnWL9T-_dm
VERTIGO AIRSHOWS HOMEPAGE: http://www.vertigoairshows.com
AERO-NEWS.NET ARTICLE – SUBSONEX TO REPLACE F-16 FOR THUNDERBIRDS: http://www.aero-news.net/emailarticle.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=5d957abf-c2a1-4c0c-9587-eafb403c4cf3
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