Sonex Aircraft LLC has announced that the FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) has approved and published amateur building checklists for the company's Onex single-place, folding-wing kit aircraft. These approved checklists will allow current and future Onex builders to show compliance with the FAA's 51% rule. NKET checklist participation also opens the opportunity for Onex builders to legally obtain commercial assistance for their projects.
Sonex is also introducing Onex upholstery packages and Onex-specific installation provisions for the AeroConversions AeroVee engine.
According to the company, the Onex was designed to offer Sport Pilots an economical way to build and fly. The folding-wing design allows the airplane to fit into a garage or share hangar space. The wing panels can also be removed for trailering.
Summit Aircraft has introduced a larger snow ski for Super Cub Aircraft. The lightweight skis are constructed entirely of carbon fiber and each weighs less than 25 pounds, including all rigging and hardware. The SS 2300 skis are rated for 2300-pound gross-weight aircraft. Both the LSA and SS 2300 skis will work well with Light Sport aircraft that require lightweight options to comply with LSA weight rules. The skis come standard with a 4-inch tailwheel, UHMW bottom and are white (additional colors are available). Retail price is $4900. For more information, call 541/330-5817 or visit www.summitaircraftskis.com.
Sonex Aircraft LLC has announced that it will be holding its 50th Sonex Builder Workshop on the weekend of January 28-29, 2012. The Sonex workshop, held at the company's factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, gives current and prospective builders an opportunity to meet the Sonex staff and learn about the design and construction of the Sonex. Builders will construct a sample piece of the Sonex wing to take home, along with the increased confidence in their abilities.
Winter 2012 workshop participants will also have an opportunity to attend the EAA Chapter 252 annual banquet, held in the EAA AirVenture Museum Eagle Hangar. This year’s guest speaker will be John Monnett, Sonex Aircraft LLC founder and president.
The workshop fee is $200, which can be put toward any plans or kit purchase. EAA Chapter 252 banquet tickets are $30 per person; $25 per person for Chapter 252 members.
WhirlWind Propellers has introduced a new composite ground adjustable propeller for the LSA Rotax 912/914 engine. According to the company, the blades feature a highly swept profile and thin airfoils, which result in a quiet and efficient performance. The three-blade propeller is ground-adjustable, and features carbon-composite blade construction, nickel leading edges and a CNC-machined aluminum hub. It weighs in at 7.7 pounds, and is available in 68- and 70-inch diameters. Retail price is $1525.
KITPLANES is proud to announce a new and expanded online classified site with FREE ads to individuals who have aircraft or projects for sale. At kitplanes.com/classifieds you will be able to register to submit your ad; this is separate from a subscriber log-in and allows you to revise or remove the item when you've sold it. Your ad will run at no cost for one month during this promotion, and you may re-post as needed. Commercial ads are available at a modest cost to kit providers.
HomebuiltHELP, producer of DVDs for experimental aircraft builders, has introduced a complete DVD series on building a Van's RV-12 aircraft kit. Each title in the series corresponds with the sub kits supplied by Van's, and include: Empennage/Tailcone, Wings, Fuselage and Finishing Kit.
The videos demonstrate and explain each step of construction for the RV-12, in sync with Van's instruction manual. Even tools that are required in construction are explained and demonstrated. Watching the process and learning what's involved will not only help those already in the building process, but can give potential builders a good idea of what it takes to build an RV-12 before making the investment.
Each video costs between $39 and $59, and includes free shipping. For more information, visit www.HomebuiltHELP.com.