Sonex Aircraft, LLC is excited to announce that the company and its kit aircraft will be featured in an upcoming episode of The Aviators television series. The Sonex segment airs in episode 12 of the show's third season, which is now available for purchase on iTunes.
The Aviators series boasts some 10 million viewers and can be found on public television stations across the United States, the Travel+Escape network in Canada and in more than 100 other countries worldwide, mainly on Discovery. John Monnett, Sonex founder and president, and CEO Jeremy Monnett are featured in the segment, hosted by Kurtis Arnold.
“I had a blast flying with Kurtis during the filming of the segment,” Jeremy Monnett said. “He was yanking-and-banking the Sonex after just a couple of minutes in the aircraft, his first experience in the type, and we were able to capture for the cameras what flying a Sonex Aircraft is all about.” The episode also features the F-22 Raptor and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.
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.
The SubSonex jet aircraft prototype, JSX-1, made its maiden flight on August 10th at Wittman Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Piloted by Bob Carlton, the flight lasted approximately 14 minutes and focused on low-end speed, including stalls and low approaches in the landing configuration, Sonex said. Carlton, whose experience pioneering light jet aircraft made him a natural choice, said after the flight, "It was great–flies like an airplane. The faster I went, the better it felt." Carlton is known for his airshow performances with the Super Salto jet airplane, and he is the developer of the Bonus Jet two-seat glider.
"It's an exciting day for Sonex," said SubSonex designer and Sonex Aircraft LLC President John Monnett. "We have a test flight plan to expand the envelope of the aircraft, and we'll see where the project takes us from here."
For more information, visit Sonex Aircraft's web site.
The Sonex Aircraft, LLC proof-of-concept electric-powered Waiex flew for the first time on December 3, 2010, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Piloted by Sonex Founder and E-Flight team leader John Monnett, N270DC made a short hop on Runway 27, intended to be a conservative nonpattern flight to break ground effect and analyze inflight system performance as the next step in testing. This short flight punctuates four years of development by the E-Flight design team. Continue reading "Electric Waiex Makes First Flight"