2015: Significant Improvement In Safety For Amateur-Built Aircraft

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Fatal accident total down 20 percent; EAA strives to build on improvement

EAA LogoThe safety level of homebuilt aircraft continues to improve, as fatal accident totals have dropped significantly over a 12-month period covering much of 2015, according to data analyzed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

The totals, which include fatal accidents during the 2015 federal fiscal year (October 2014 through September 2015), showed that fatal accidents in amateur-built aircraft registered in the Federal Aviation Administration’s experimental category fell 20 percent from the previous 12-month period. The specific totals indicate 40 fatal accidents in those aircraft during the period, compared to 51 during the prior year. Continue reading "2015: Significant Improvement In Safety For Amateur-Built Aircraft"

Update from Sonex Aircraft

Sonex-Logo-Gold-WingsSonex Aircraft released this statement earlier this morning:

"June 3, 2014, Oshkosh, WI

It is with heavy hearts that we report the loss of two members of our Sonex family. Sonex Aircraft CEO Jeremy Monnett and Sonex assembly mechanic Mike Clark died yesterday in an accident involving Sonex Sport Acro N123SX at the East end of Wittman Regional Airport's runway 9, which occurred on Tuesday, June 2nd at approximately 3:30pm. The cause of the accident remains unknown pending investigation by the FAA, NTSB and Sonex Aircraft.

Sonex Aircraft founder John Monnett made a statement to staff this morning that Sonex Aircraft, LLC will continue to operate despite the holes left by Jeremy and Mike's absence. It would unquestionably be Jeremy Monnett's wish that the Sonex company and the worldwide community of Sonex and
AeroConversions customers carry-on. Continue reading "Update from Sonex Aircraft"

Jeremy Monnett Perishes in Crash

Kitplanes has learned that Jeremy Monnett, CEO of Sonex Aircraft and son of Founder and President John Monnett, was one of the victims of the crash at Wittman Field in Oshkosh yesterday. We will bring you more information as soon as we have it. Along with the homebuilt community, we mourn the loss of Jeremy, a key figure in the kit airplane movement, and President of the Aircraft Kit Industry Association.

Jeremy Monnett
Jeremy Monnett

Fatal Sonex Crash in Wisconsin

The Northwestern is reporting two people died in a Sonex aircraft crash in Wisconsin on Wednesday afternoon. "The Oshkosh Police and Fire departments responded to the crash at about 3:20 p.m., Tuesday, inside a gate at the company's north plant property on West 23rd Avenue, near Wittman Regional Airport, said Joe Nichols, a police department spokesman. As of about 5 p.m., the Federal Aviation Association and the National Transportation Safety Board were en route to the scene to investigate."

The two-seat single-engine Sonex SA kit-built aircraft, crashed into a line of military vehicles at Oshkosh Corp., just short of Wittman Regional Airport. It was registered to John Monnett Jr., according to the FAA Aircraft Registry.

The two victims have not been named yet.

Photo: Oshkosh Northwestern Media, Joe Sienkiewicz / Oshkosh Northwestern Media
Photo: Oshkosh Northwestern Media, Joe Sienkiewicz / Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Original story: thenorthwestern.com

Aero Adventure amphibious LSA Crash at Sebring

Aero Adventure Amphibian LSA
An Aero Adventure amphib, similar to the one that crashed.

Our sister publication AVweb is reporting that Sheriff's deputies have confirmed two people died in the crash of an Aero Adventure amphibious LSA near the main runway at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida, site of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. AVweb publisher Tom Bliss is on the scene and reports the incident occurred late Friday morning about 200 yards from the main exhibit area of the show. Continue reading "Aero Adventure amphibious LSA Crash at Sebring"