It¹s Turbo Time!

Sonex Aircraft Accepts AeroVee Turbo

Sonex Aircraft announced at a press and customer briefing this morning that
orders are now being accepted for the long-anticipated AeroVee Turbo, with
deliveries to commence in the fourth quarter of 2014. The AeroVee Turbo is
rated as a 100 horsepower engine at sea level, and yields significant
performance enhancement to the Sonex line of aircraft without breaking the
bank. Price of the AeroVee Turbo is $10,995, and an AeroVee Turbo Upgrade
package is being made available for installation with existing AeroVee
Engines, even those already installed and flying, at a price of $3,995.

"The Sonex Aircraft research and development team has been working on a
turbocharged AeroVee since our first installation in mid-2010. Many other
projects have competed for our time but our customers were consistent in
their desire to have as close to a 'plug and play' turbo installation as
possible" said Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett. "The package we are unveiling today
has been thoroughly designed, engineered, and tested in typical Sonex
fashion. It has met or exceeded our performance expectations having been run
in our engine test cell from May of 2013 thru March of 2014 and flown these
past 5 months in Sonex Sport Acro N123SX. I am having am absolute blast
flying it!"

An AeroVee Turbo Press Event preview video released earlier this week was
shown to the crowd to kick-off to the event ( )
as an AeroVee Turbo display engine was unveiled. A full Sonex/AeroVee Turbo
Video Tour was uploaded to YouTube this morning, demonstrating the
performance of the Sonex with AeroVee Turbo installed. ( ). In a Sonex Aircraft, the AeroVee Turbo will
yield a rate of climb up-to 1300 fpm, and a TAS at 8000' of 175 mph.
Specifications of the AeroVee Turbo and Sonex performance specifications
with the AeroVee Turbo installed may be downloaded from Sonex Aircraft¹s
AeroConversions web site:

Two Sensenich fixed-pitch propeller options are being offered for AeroVee
Turbo installations on Sonex Aircraft. A 54" diameter x 50" pitch prop is
intended for those wishing to maximize climb performance while still
retaining a very-respectable 170 mph TAS cruise capability at 8,000'. A 56"
diameter x 52" pitch prop will maximize top-end speeds, measured as-high as
187 mph TAS using WOT at 8,000' (38 in HG MAP) during Sonex/AeroVee Turbo
flight test. Designed with simplicity in-mind, the AeroVee Turbo is intended
for use with fixed pitch, or ground-adjustable propellers, keeping the
package Sport Pilot Eligible by not requiring a constant-speed propeller,
and with sea level cruise just under the Sport Pilot maximum speed at 135mph
TAS at the Max. Continuous RPM specification for the AeroVee Turbo under
5,000' MSL, 3200 RPM.

The AeroVee Turbo is the result of an extensive R&D effort dating-back to
2010. After much refinement, the current version of the system fits all
propeller-driven models of Sonex Aircraft and has undergone significant
testing in Sonex Aircraft's test cell facility and in-flight. "By far the
biggest surprise to me has been outstanding cooling performance of the
AeroVee Turbo," remarked Jeremy Monnett. "The key engine parameters have
been running well within the green arc including CHT's, EGT's, Oil Temp, and
Oil Pressure."

"The flight test team appreciated the North/South (18/36) Wittman Regional
Airport runway for this early testing," said Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett. "The
Wittman Control Tower staff was very helpful and accommodating to the
special requirements of these flights."

The AeroVee Turbo is a pull-through turbo arrangement utilizing the standard
AeroVee-sized 32mm AeroInjector. As a "free-floating" system, boost is
controlled only by throttle setting limited by a fixed waste gate and power
still diminishes with gains in altitude, but losses are not nearly
as-drastic as those with a normally-aspirated engine. This allows the cruise
speed of an AeroVee Turbo in a Sonex Aircraft at-altitude to eclipse the
performance of the 120hp Jabiru 3300 engine.

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, 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.
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 and


The AeroVee Turbo is a simple system requiring little change from the
normally-aspirated AeroVee.

A full-lengh YouTube video, Sonex AeroVee Turbo Video Tour with Jeremy
Monnett, has been released this morning illustrating the Turbo's performance
in a Sonex.




American Team First to Set Five Official World Records with Highest Performing Electric Airplane in History

American Team First to Set Five Official World Records with Highest Performing Electric Airplane in History

Yates Aerospace Corporation today announced the Fédération Aéronautique InternationaleAmerican Team First to Set Five Official World Records with Highest Performing Electric Airplane in History (FAI) has ratified all five electric airplane world records set by American Test Pilot Chip Yates in the experimental, battery-powered Long-ESA[1] aircraft built by aerospace engineers at Yates Electrospace Corporation.

The approval by the FAI[2] comes on the heels of ratification of the same five record-setting performances as official U.S. National records by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).
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40 Years of Service for Aircraft Tool Supply

Aircraft Tool Supply, recognized internationally as a leading manufacturer and distributor of sheet metal tools, riveting products, inspection equipment, and aircraft engine maintenance tools, is pleased to announce that 2014 marks the company's 40th Anniversary!

Aircraft Tool Supply was the brain child of Mr. Frank W. Barber. He started the company in 1974, in a small machine shop located in Novi, MI. Desmond Lynch later joined the crew at ATS in 1990. As two former military members, they joined forces to modernize and change several factions of the company. Des with his computer skills, and Frank with his knowledge and the tools needed to maintain them, brought ATS into one of the front-runners of the aviation industry.

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Bring Your Learning to Fly Questions with You to AirVenture

Sporty’s CFIs Offering Free Daily Office Hours

It’s easy for non-pilots to be intimidated hanging out with their certificated buddies. At EAA AirVenture, with pilots who have flown everything with wings and logged thousands of hours, asking a basic question about learning to fly can be difficult. Sporty’s CFIs are making themselves available daily starting at 11:00 a.m. during AirVenture for “office hours” at the Sporty’s Tent to answer any question about learning to fly, choosing a flight school and making that first step toward becoming a licensed pilot.

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Jeppesen To Sponsor MyGoFlight’s iPad EFB Challenge Seminars & Contests

Jeppesen and MyGoFlight announced today that Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has become a sponsor of the iPad Takes Flight! EFB Challenge Edition – a seminar/contest series designed to advance the use of iPads and other tablet devices in-flight by pilots. This seminar series builds on the iPad Takes Flight! seminar series given by MYGOFLIGHT, maker of premium iPad gear for pilots, to thousands of people over the past three years.

The goal is to help all pilots make a successful transition from a paper to paperless cockpit:
• Understand the gotchas, tips and tricks for using the iPad or other tablet in-flight
• Understand the capabilities that go beyond paper chart replacement
• Get more pilots to fly with an EFB to make flying easier, safer, less stressful and more fun
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