Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation
A type club to promote safety and education
in building and operating Sonex aircraft.


Welcome to the Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation

Wednesday June 24th, 2015

Greetings Fellow Sonex Enthusiasts,

We are pleased to inform you that on Monday, July 20, 2015, the Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (the “Foundation”), will hold its Annual Meeting of Members in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at AirVenture on the Flight Line adjacent to the Sonex Aircraft, LLC display booth at 11:00 a.m. CT.

We hope that anyone who is a member of the Foundation, has an interest in attending, or has an interest in Sonex aircraft will join us. We plan on offering updates to our current status, offer insights on future events, and if you're a voting member, this year will have four important items to vote on:

• Elect one (1) director to a three-year term. Mike Singleton is nominated for this position. (This position replaces Eric Seber, who has chosen not to run again due to work and family obligations)
• Approve the expansion of the Board of Directors to five (5) members.
• Elect one (1) director to a one-year term. Scott Meyer is nominated for this position.
• Elect one (1) director to a two-year term. Jim Hicke is nominated for this position.

The Board of Directors recommends that you approve the proposals.

Please plan on attending this important event!

Voting members who have paid their annual dues as of June 28th, 2015 will be able to vote and the specifics will be sent out Monday June 29th, 2015 via email to members and voting members.

We welcome comments as well as any points of discussion our members wish to address during this year's membership meeting. Contact
Tuesday June 9, 2015

At our member meeting last July, the idea was raised of a party at Oshkosh AirVenture 2015. We are planning an event but it must have member support in order to succeed.

We are lucky to have Wayne Daniels as a host for this event, and are planning this as a member-driven event.

This is something we need assistance with and have begun working on the logistics of getting people to the other side of the airport and back.

The party will be an informal BYOB burgers and brats affair at Wayne's 7th Heaven over on the east side of Wittman Field. The date is set as Wednesday July 22nd, 2015.

The night airshow is a highlight of the week, and we can enjoy it from the perspective of Wayne's backyard. Our plan is to keep costs to a minimum, hopefully around $5 a head

June 13, 2015: 2nd Annual North Central Sonex Fly-In

I had originally selected June 6th for the Sonex fly-in to avoid the local Buffalo Days summer celebration which usually kicks off with a fly-in, car show and pancake breakfast, plus an air show. Last year the Sonex fly-in was the day before the Buffalo fly-in, which isn’t necessarily bad, but it conflicted with a lot of set-up work (our EAA chapter has the pancake breakfast) and other things.

So, with the 2015 date of Buffalo Days set for June 14-21 ( I thought I was good. Wrong!

Other scheduling issues required the Buffalo Days committee to change their fly-in to June 7, so I’m changing the Sonex fly-in date to June 13.

I apologize to anyone who made plans around the old date, but hope you understand and will still be able to figure out a way to come to the Buffalo Airport on June 13.

New date: 2nd Annual North Central Sonex Fly-In
June 13, 2015
Buffalo Municipal Airport (CFE)
Buffalo, Minnesota

Now I’ve got to get back into my shop and keep plugging away on parts (working on wings now. The fuselage is on gear and the engine hanging on the mount). Thanks to all of you who have inspired me to get back on the project!

Happy flying!

Wayne Flury
North Central Sonex Fly-In Organizer
Cell: 763-670-6021
June 27, 2015: 3rd Annual Great Lakes Sonex Fly-In

Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport (1C5) Bolingbrook, IL

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our third annual Sonex fly in on Saturday June 27th.

The great news is that our airport is getting a new runway, but and there is always a but, our fly in is going to be a drive in this year. The nearest airport to us is Lewis Airport and pickup accommodations may be possible.

This years agenda includes the following.

Robbie Culver - update on his progress, if not completed Sonex and his turbo conversion of the AeroVee.

Dwayne Hudson from the FAA -discussion of the homebuilt certification process.

Robert Helms of UL Engines presentation on UL engines.

Registration will begins at 8:30 AM
First presentation scheduled to start at 9:00 AM
Lunch about 11:30 @ Charlie's (separate checks please)
Approximately 1:00 PM presentation
We will close our event with door prizes - you must be present to win.

Please RSVP by June 20th to help us make sure we're setup appropriately

Hope to see you on the 27th.

Contact: Al Eidukas
September 12, 2015: 7th Annual Northeast Sonex Fly-In
Dillant-Hopkins Airport (KEEN) Keene, NH

Northeast Sonex Fly-In: See the Report from Last Year's Event!

The 7th Annual Northeast Sonex Fly-In is set for Saturday, September 12, 2015, at the Keene, NH airport (KEEN), with a rain date of Sunday, September 13. We'll update our web page before the summer. This was our web page from last year:

Contact: Mike Smith
October 9-10, 2015: 12th Annual ASA Fly-In at Crossville
Crossville Memorial Airport-Whitson Field (KCSV) Crossville, TN

The 2015 American Sonex Association Fly-in is scheduled for Friday October 9th and Saturday October 10th, 2015 at the Crossville, TN (KCSV) airport.

This years event will once again host the largest collection of Sonex, Waiex, Onex, and Xenos aircraft in the world.

Save the dates on your calendar now - only 5 short months to the premier Sonex community fly-in!

Blue skies,
The ASA Planning Committee

Contact: American Sonex Association
Wednesday November 26, 2014

Check out the Newsletters page for our recent newsletter files! We place the last newsletter at this link as a new one is released. Members should have received the November 2014 newsletter recently, and we have posted it here due to the urgent nature of the discussion. If you enjoy the newsletter and website, please join us! (Click on the word here to open the newsletter and the words join us to see the membership page)

Membership as a club member is free - voting memberships are $25 annually.

We have updated our Accident page to show the latest NTSB reports.

Jim Hicke has shared another video on YouTube! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sonex builder, Berny Foerster, was recently interviewed by the The Florida Times-Union about his Red Baron-replica. You can view the great article highlighting his accomplishments by clicking here

Southern California Waiex builder, Jim Hicke, published another great video to YouTube recently. This video highlighted his recent trip, in his Waiex nonetheless, to the Copperstate 2014 Fly-in. You can view the video by clicking here.

Thanks Berny and Jim for sharing all things Sonex/Waiex with the community. 

Saturday October 4, 2014

Check out the Newsletters page for our recent newsletter files! We place the last newsletter at this link as a new one is released. Members should have received the August 2014 newsletter recently.

Saturday September 27, 2014

We're trying out a new PayPal link to order tee shirts. 

Shirts can be seen by clicking here

 Click this PayPal link for Large white tee shirt with pocket

 Click on this PayPal link for an Extra Large white tee shirt with pocket

Click on this PayPal link for an Large black tee shirt (no pocket)

Click on this PayPal link for an Extra Large black tee shirt (no pocket)

Sunday, June 22, 2014
The Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation has received the long-awaited letter from the IRS informing us that the Foundation is officially approved under section 501(c) (3) as a tax exempt not for profit organization.

This letter also states that contributions are officially tax deductible and is effective February 18, 2013.Our designation is a public charity.

A message from Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation:

Greetings all fellow Sonex/Waiex/Xenos/Onex builders, owners, pilots and all those interested in experimental aircraft, sport aviation, and Sonex aircraft.

As you may be aware, the NTSB has been encouraging the experimental aircraft community to improve the safety record of amateur-built aircraft. Type Clubs have demonstrated to have been a significant factor in the overall improvement in first flight, flight testing, and continued operation of E/AB aircraft.

In concert with the above, there have been a core group of Sonex builders/owners who have expressed a desire over the past few months to grow the Sonex community across the nation. What started as one-on-one discussions about bringing more groups together, growing a community, promoting safety, education, and transition training, has now morphed into an informed coalition of individuals who are interested in building a national Sonex type club.

Other experimental and certified aircraft models have type clubs. It is our belief the time is right for a Sonex type club. One glance at the current conversation in the experimental aviation community shows an increased emphasis on many of the topics we have as goals.
We have named this organization the Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation.

While we have received the blessing of Sonex Aircraft, LLC, this organization has no formal ties with Sonex Aircraft, LLC. All opinions and information contained within are the result of tech counselor, builder/pilot experiences or trusted sources.

Just to be clear, when we speak of Sonex, we are speaking about all Sonex types of aircraft and all those who currently or may in the future build, fly, own, or those who just admire Sonex aircraft.

To learn more about the Foundation's goals click here!

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