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Waiex #143
First Flight: January 16th, 2015
Engine: Jabiru 3300
Gear: Standard
Controls: Dual
Builder: Michael Radtke
Current Owner: Michael Radtke
Email: N/A
Phone: N/A
Location: Mather, CA United States (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
Just want to let you all know we flew our waiex #143 today Jan 16th, at KRYN Ryan Field Tucson AZ. Thanks to all that have helped make this happen. The jabiru 3300 ran great and the plane was trimmed out from the start. Now on to the 40 hour test period. Looking forward to bringing it to Oshkosh this year for the annual homecoming! Michael Radtke and Norman Radtke .
Onex #16
First Flight: December 22nd, 2014
Engine: Jabiru 3300
Gear: Standard
Controls: Center
Builder: Merle Reppert
Current Owner: Merle Reppert
Email: N/A
Phone: N/A
Location: Paradise, CA United States (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
I test flew Onex 0016 on December 22 ----This is my fourth Sonex aircraft build ( Two Sonex's and two Onex's ) My first Sonex had a Jabiru 3300 engine and was a blast to fly So I decided to put a Jabiru 3300 in Onex 0016 The extra work installing the engine was well worth it. The performance is just awesome ( High performance Air Gasum )
Sonex #393
First Flight: December 3rd, 2014
Engine: AeroVee
Gear: Tricycle
Controls: Dual
Builder: Leroy E. Brandt
Current Owner: Leroy E. Brandt
Email: N/A
Phone: N/A
Location: Dane, WI United States (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
Website: View builder's website
It finally happened. My Sonex got its airworthiness certificate mid November and I've been waiting for the right conditions, mostly very little crosswind. It finally happened today and my Aerovee powered Tri-gear Sonex made her first flight. My project started out as a plans built airplane after I attended the October 2001 Workshop and came home with a set of plans. I started building in 2002 and completed the wings, tail and all control surfaced as plans built but I bought a lot of parts when I started building the fuselage. What a wonderful airplane the Sonex team has designed. Thanks to everyone at Sonex for putting up with me eating free pizza every year at their open house. Thanks Kerry for answering all my questions. I have to thank my wonderful first wife Glennda for putting up with my airplane habit. The first flight went really well for a cold day in December in Wisconsin. Luckily the snow on the runway had been partially pounded down by someone with skis late last week. I flew for about 40 minutes and tried not to baby the Aerovee. Temps and oil pressure stayed in the green and performance was really good. I'd like to thank my crew of three, Rich Blackmon, Bill Nicholson and Jerry Carncross. I had a ball flying her. Now the fun begins.
Waiex #145
First Flight: November 4th, 2014
Engine: VW/Other
Gear: Tricycle
Controls: Dual
Builder: Dwight Hoover
Current Owner: Dwight Hoover
Email: Sawdust46@juno.com
Phone: N/A
Location: Albany, OR United States (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
After my test pilot Robin Reed blessed the plane I flew it today 5 Nov. 2014 at Corvallis OR. Great flying airplane! Could not wipe the smile off of my face for an hour or so
Sonex #554
First Flight: October 12th, 2014
Engine: AeroVee
Gear: Standard
Controls: Dual
Builder: Keith Macht
Current Owner: Keith Macht
Email: lorimacht@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 860-537-6901
Location: Colchester, CT United States (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
I would like to thank all the people who helped make this happen. First and foremost my wife Lori for putting up with this crazy hobby and allowing me to achieve a dream. I also want to thank my dad for all the hours he spent out in the garage building this plane with me and providing encouragement. It really was a family project. There was also the Northeast gang of Mike Smith, Howard Linker and Glenn Hunt whose e-mails, phone calls and visits kept this project moving at times that I was ready to give it all up and throw in the towel. There is nothing like seeing and talking to other builders to keep you motivated. My CFI and prior Sonex owner Jeff Erekson who got me back into flying after many years off while building and the Sonex Transition Training team who got me confident enough to do the first flight safely. Those few hours I spent with doing the transition training were the best money I spent on the whole project. Finally I would like to thank Sonex for designing such an awesome and affordable airplane.
Onex #87
First Flight: October 11th, 2014
Engine: AeroVee
Gear: Standard
Controls: Center
Builder: Rick Basco
Current Owner: Rick Basco
Email: N/A
Phone: N/A
Location: Charlotte, NC United States (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
Did it! Wow, what a rush - and THAT'S an understatement. Nothing like a first flight in an airplane that you built from a kit to get the adrenaline pumping! Thanks guys - and gals - for the wonderful experience of building the Onex. I rushed the first flight trying to beat out some approaching storms - yeah, not too smart - but the 1/2 hour in the air was fantastic. Control response was unbelievable.and that little engine I put together from the bunch of parts you sent me, ran great. I proved out the landing gear strength during the landing, sorry Joe, you tried.I just HAD to give it a bit more back pressure during the flair. (I'm blaming it on the stiff crosswind, and I'm good with that excuse. Ha!) Kit delivery was on 5-17-2012, first flight on 10-11-2014. Thanks again! Rick
Waiex #159
First Flight: October 10th, 2014
Engine: AeroVee
Gear: Standard
Controls: Dual
Builder: Al Follendorf
Current Owner: Al Follendorf
Email: N/A
Phone: N/A
Location: Neenah, WI United States (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
Please pass on my appreciation to all the Sonex personel and thanks for such a great kit. My first flight was great, having taken T-flight training from Joe and Tom, as soon as I lifted off, it felt just like the Waiex I had been training on, which made me more relaxed about my first flight and first solo since 1988. …I love the plane.
Sonex #469
First Flight: October 10th, 2014
Engine: AeroVee
Gear: Standard
Controls: Dual
Builder: Terry Little
Current Owner: Terry Little
Email: tlittle6@cogeco.ca
Phone: 519-843-7916
Location: Fergus, ON|Ontario Canada (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
Sonex, serial number 469 has finally taken flight. 10 October 2014 was THE day “Looney Tunz”, my plans built, Sonex took to the air. The first flight was just under an hour long and was performed by my good friend Colin King. Watching Looney Tunz accelerate down the grass strip and gently lift off into the cool autumn air left me with a tremendous sense of relief which quickly turned into a sense of pride as I watched it climb to altitude. Three years ago, I had no idea if I would be able to pull this build off but with Sonex team support and help of a local builder Mike Shave, it has all come together. The flight went as planned and the Sonex performed as advertised. I have to admit that I was a little jealous when Colin taxied up with that familiar ear to ear grin. He was more than impressed with the Aerovee performance and the Sonex handling. My thanks to Sonex for designing such a solid well performing plane. Sonex #469 started its life back in 2002. The original builder lost interest in the project and he sold it to his Pastor who decided he liked flying better than building and sold it to me. I brought the partial plane up to Fergus, Canada in 2011. I had never built a plane and figured that by purchasing an “almost complete” aircraft that I would be in the air within the year. Unfortunately there was a significant amount of rework required to meet my standards and risk threshold. Three years later I have now realized my dream of building and owning my own aircraft. As a side note, my wife Jane, inspired the name Looney Tunz - she thinks I am “nuts” for building an airplane. All kidding aside, Jane has fully supported this build and was just as excited to see our Sonex take flight (still trying to determine if it is because she gets her garage back). I want to thank the Sonex team for their support, Colin King, Brian Hienmiller (Sonex C-GSBH), Mike Shave for his building expertise and my wife for letting me pursue this bucket list item. I hope to be joining you folks at next years Airventure. Thanks for a great airplane. Attached are a few photos of Looney Tunz. The yet to be applied nose art was designed by my brother, a graphic artist on Prince Edward Island.
Sonex #1430
First Flight: October 9th, 2014
Engine: AeroVee
Gear: Tricycle
Controls: Dual
Builder: Peter Bakker
Current Owner: Peter Bakker
Email: N/A
Phone: N/A
Location: Sellicks Beach, SA|South Australia Australia (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
After 3 years and 10 month building, last Thursday 9 of October 2014 my Sonex #1430 registration 19-8464 flew for the first time by Steve Nelson as test Pilot. The Aerovee 2.1 Perform well but the flight have to be shorted due to a low pressure alarm about 7 minutes into the flight. Steve did an excellent job in landing it safely. Steve said the plane flies very well with light controls. Thanks to Sonex especially Kerry Fores for their support over the years and for their excellent Aircraft design. I enjoyed the building process very much. I would like to thank my wife Ans for her support. In addition to that, I would like to thank the SonexAus group, The Sport Aircraft Club of South Australia and the Aldinga Aero Club for their support. I also like to thank Bob Meyers for his very good Sonex Building Log on the webside.
Sonex #1288
First Flight: October 5th, 2014
Engine: AeroVee
Gear: Standard
Controls: Dual
Builder: Dale Anderson
Current Owner: Dale Anderson
Email: Dale.Anderson@Cortland.edu
Phone: N/A
Location: Bend, OR United States (Map)
EAA Technical Counselor: No
EAA Flight Advisor: No
Sonex 1288 (N779SX) flew very comfortably and predictable. It was an enjoyable build and a serious flying machine that I plan to enjoy for many years to come. Many thanks to the whole Sonex family for the practical design and support. Transition training with Joe was just what I needed to begin the test flights myself. This has truly been an educational and recreational journey. Sonex Experimental 779SX proudly wears the Sonex “Reality Check”. Thank you so much. See you at Airventure
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