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

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)

Friday September 19th, 2014
The 6th Annual Northeast Sonex Fly-In was held on its rain date of 
Sunday, September 7. Attendance was a little lighter this year, probably 
because of the rain date change, but it was a great event nonetheless. 
The weather was spectacular, and the ramp was full of aircraft. 
Approximately 55 people showed up through the day. We had 6 Sonex and 1 
OneX show up, with Casey Lyon and Mike Smith giving rides to current and 
prospective builders. Both Dudley Foster in his OneX, and Mike Smith in 
his plans-built Sonex, finished flying off their 40 hour phase 1 testing 
within days of the event, specifically so they could come to the event!

The event photos are here.

New member Jean Claude Fremy from France sent photos of Sonex 124 with a ULPower engine UL260i installation. Photos are here.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Jeremy Monnett, CEO of Sonex Aircraft, was recently elected as President of the Aircraft Kit Industry Association. Click this link to view EAA's news article. In addition to Jeremy's election, the FAA reported on the work it is doing to improve transition training.  According to the EAA, the FAA would be "simplifying the LODA process that allows for training in homebuilt aircraft. The change would allow builders an opportunity to purchase instruction in an aircraft that is identical or similar to the one they are building."  
Monday, August 4, 2014
The Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation held its second annual meeting of the membership at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Vice President Michael Farley was elected to another term.

We've posted photos of the event on our photo sharing site, along with photos from the Sonex Aircraft, LLC open house and mass taxi.

Thanks to all those who attended the 2nd annual membership meeting and to many people that made lasting friendships. We look forward to seeing many of you at ASA's gathering in October in Crossville, TN!

We also added the 6th Annual Northeast Sonex Fly-in at Keene (EEN) Municipal (Dillant-Hopkins) Airport on Saturday, September 6, 2014 to the calendar and events page.

Loren Sievila, Onex 33, sent us some information on his challenges during the assembly of his AeroVee engine. See the tips and tricks files page for his submission.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wayne Flury, organizer of the Buffalo, MN Sonex Fly-in, sent us this great article about their recent spring event. He also sent a short article published in the Minnesota Flyer magazine.We are glad to see such enthusiasm for a local grassroots event. Thanks for sharing Wayne!

Al Eidukas, organizer of the Great Lakes Sonex Fly-in Bolingbrook, IL, sent an update about the recent gathering that took place at Clow International Airport. Check out our Past Events page for a more in-depth account of the event. You can also view great photos of the event on our photo sharing site. Thanks Al for your time and commitment to this growing event! 

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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