Building a Jet

SubSonex jet

"If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do."
--Warren Miller

I have always enjoyed Warren Miller's ski films, not only for the beautiful imagery of snow, sky, rocks (and skiers bouncing off those rocks), but for the wonderful little pearls of wisdom Mr. Miller threw into his wry narration. I thought of my favorite of all his quotes about just "doing it" recently as we made a decision on a new airplane kit to work on in my recently completed shop. There are a lot of wonderful airplane kits and designs out there that can do amazing things, and in each of the performance categories. But ever since I got a chance to fly the little SubSonex jet a few years ago, I had this feeling that sooner or later, I was going to need another fix. And after that, another one. And then another after that... and so on. Continue reading "Building a Jet"

A Whole 'lotta Ribs!

Xenos-Motorglider-wing-ribs

Yup - that's a lot of ribs for one wing, isn't it? Finally, after a long delay building a new shop, we got back to work on our Xenos Motorglider project. Sitting behind me as I took this picture was our RV-3, noteworthy because it has just about the same wingspan tip-to-tip as this single wing for the Xenos. Like I said - a lot of ribs! Continue reading "A Whole 'lotta Ribs!"

A New Racing Class at Reno?

Reno PRS 2018 SubSonex Photo: Curtis Noble

Anyone that has an interest in air racing knows that the National Championship Air Races held in Reno, Nevada each September bring racing in a number of different aircraft classes. The biplanes, Formula 1, and Sport classes all feature homebuilts. The T-6, Unlimiteds, and Jet classes bring the noise and speed of the warbirds. But these classes aren't static, and over the years, new groups have appeared. It might take awhile for them to take hold, but where there are airplane drivers arguing over the speed of their particular machine, there is the possibility of a race! Continue reading "A New Racing Class at Reno?"

John Monnett Retires; Seeks Buyers/Investors while Business Continues Strong

John Monett with the SubSonex jet.
John Monett with the SubSonex jet.

After almost 50 years of involvement in the kit aircraft industry, Sonex Founder and President John Monnett has announced his retirement from Sonex Aircraft, LLC effective June 2, 2018.

"I am retiring from Sonex Aircraft but not forsaking my passion for aviation," remarks Monnett. "I will continue to contribute where I can into the future but will be leaving day to day operations in the very capable hands of my staff." Continue reading "John Monnett Retires; Seeks Buyers/Investors while Business Continues Strong"

Sonex Aircraft Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Launches New Web Site and a Big Sale Too!

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Sonex Aircraft! On February 28, 1998, John Monnett lifted-off from Wittman Regional Airport [KOSH] in Oshkosh, WI in a completely new aircraft: Sonex serial number 1, or SX1. While certainly not the beginning of veteran homebuilt aircraft designer, builder and pilot John Monnett's journey, the first flight of SX1 marked the beginning of the Sonex Story for us and thousands of others worldwide. Continue reading "Sonex Aircraft Celebrates 20th Anniversary"