Yup... It Flies!

The little jet actually does just what it is supposed to do - and it looks good doing it!

We've now made three flights in the airplane I am calling "Loki" (The trickster from the Nordic sagas), and each one has been interesting. It had ben over three years since I last flew a Subsonex, and since there really is no way to get current other than to fly one, it was interesting to get re-acquainted with the flying qualities. On our first flight, we discovered that we need to re-rig the ruddervators to provide more "down" elevator, so we kept that flight short. The second and third flights proved that we got that right, and that the airplane is going to be fun, fun, fun!

Subsonex Jet in flight

Unfortunately, after three flights, it was time to put the engine covers on, turn the lights out in the hangar, and head across the country from Nevada to Florida on the big aluminum mailing tube for the start of the fly-in season - Sun 'n Fun! We'll resume flight testing when we get back from the east, and I'll keep folks posted as we work our way through the newly-released EAA Flight Test Manual and Test Cards. It's going to be hard to to keep my mind on the show, knowing this little jet is sitting at home, waiting for me - but I look forward to seeing folks at the show, so look for me and say hello if you get the chance!

Meanwhile, I'll share news and impressions of Sun 'n Fun as they come up, here on the Kitplanes website.

Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the space shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and a Subsonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

3 Replies to “Yup... It Flies!”

  1. Congratulations Paul. Very impressive. Looking forward to seeing it at Oshkosh one day. I'm amazed how quickly you finished this project.

  2. I appreciate your in-depth evaluation of this interesting little Jet. I am looking at getting into a small Jet in the near future and like what I have seen and heard about the Subsonex thus far.

  3. Congrats Paul! Your paint job is really beautiful and it makes the jet look really fast. You set a high standard for the rest of us to follow. Thanks for allowing us to live vicariously through you.

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