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

Tuesday September 1st, 2015

Be sure to check out our YouTube channel!

We are adding videos produced by the Sonex community as well as our own content.
Tuesday September 1st, 2015

Regional Events in October 2015:

October 9-10, 2015: 12th Annual ASA Fly-In at 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 for the premier Sonex community fly-in!

October 17th

Southern California Sonex Builders fly in. It will be Saturday October 17th from 9am to 12 noon at Wm. J. Fox Airfield (KWJF) in Lancaster California. Park in front of the terminal. So there are door prizes from MGL and Sensenich propellers, with the possibility of several others.

 We will have two presentations. One from Jim Hicke on his trip to Yellowstone National Park and one from Dave Prizio on first flight safety. Dave has built several airplanes and is a contributing writer to Kitplanes Magazine and EAA Experimenter Magazine and a member of EAA homebuilt aircraft council.

You can see photos and video of the first Fly-in on our Facebook page. Like us on Facebook at Builders/396668133757388?success=1 

Email us at 

Details here

Tuesday September 1st, 2015

This year the 13th Annual Great Southern Sonex Gathering will be held on November 1st at Coulter Field in Bryan, Texas. Time will be 8:00 to 4:00 (or later).

Yes, 13 years! We want to make this a special fly-in, so expect to see some cool stuff this year!

The following Saturday, the 15th, will serve as a rainout day

Details here
Saturday, August 8th, 2015

EAA Chapter 564 is sponsoring the First Annual Mid Illinois Experimental Aircraft Fly-In Featuring SONEX Aircraft on September 12th at 3MY Mt Hawley Peoria IL.

We decided to not make this event exclusive to Sonex as to be able to reach out to as many home builders as possible. Sonex will be have people from the factory with their trailer set up and a factory airplane. There will be several forums that will interest many. A pancake breakfast will be served between 8 and 10 am.

Check out the web site www.EAA for more information on forums and many updates as they become available. 

If you need to arrive on Friday evening or stay over on Saturday evening there will be camping available on airport as well as a motel with in a block. The general public will not be on the flight line so you won't have to worry about your plane being damaged.
Hope to see many of you there.

Donald T Wolcott
Chapter 563 President 
Waiex 163

Our Chapter has members that have built a sonex, now with the turbo conversion, a Onex, a Waiex and a Onex under construction with more to come.
Saturday, August 8th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that we now have a Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation YouTube video channel!!

Our first video is now posted at

This features our own Michael Farley introducing viewers to flying his turbo powered Waiex.

The video is NOT flight instruction!! No pilot should operate their aircraft based on the things they see in this video. Obtain flight instruction on how to safely operate your aircraft.

Look for more videos in the future
Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation held its third meeting of the membership at AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. We've posted some photos from the meeting, the Sonex Aircraft, LLC open house and mass taxi, the SBPF picnic, and the Give Flight project. 

The voting membership elected Mike Singleton to replace Eric Seber as Director, and also passed the Board of Director's recommendation to add two new board members. Mike Singleton was elected to a three year term, new board member Jim Hicke was elected to a two year term, and new board member Scott Meyer was elected to a one year term.

Sonex Open House AirVenture 2015 photos are at

SBPF Member Meeting Oshkosh 2015 photos are at

SBPF Picnic at Oshkosh 2015 photos are at

Give Flight Waiex Wing Project 2015 photos are at
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

We have about 40 people who have provided an RSVP for the SBPF BBQ at Wayne Daniels place, and if you do not RSVP we will not have food for you!

The date is set as Wednesday July 22nd, 2015.

We are cooking up brats and burgers, with beans and some pasta salad or such as a side. We will also offer some sort of dessert, like cookies.

Cost will be about $5 per person at the food line - cash only please. We will have some pop and water, but neither the foundation or Wayne are serving alcohol. If you wish to drink alcohol, bring it yourself and you won't be driving anything that evening. That is not negotiable.

To handle the logistics of getting people to the other side of the airport and back, we have a small staff of volunteer drivers (THANK YOU!!). Plans are to meet in front of the EAA museum (at the frontage road) at 6 pm for pickup. Please bring a chair if you have one.

EAA runs trams to the museum, or it is a short walk over to the museum from the show. For those who will drive on their own or need directions as a volunteer driver, contact me and I will be sure you get his address.

We will be sure the pick up vehicles have a sign or something to show you who is getting you. If anyone wants to go over before then, let us know - Wayne is willing to accommodate us early.

The night airshow is a highlight of the week, and we can enjoy it from the perspective of Wayne's backyard.

If you are planning on coming please RSVP at - PLEASE RSVP NOW so we can be sure we buy enough food, water, and pop.
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
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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