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

Monday, April 14, 2014
Announcing the 2nd Annual Great Lakes Sonex Fly-in at Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport (1C5) Bolingbrook, IL. This event will take place on June 28, 2014. It is being sponsored by the Illinois Aviation Museum and hosted by EAA Chapter 461. For more information visit our Calendar & Events page for a flyer or contact event organizer Al Eidukas at greatlakessonex@gmail.com
RSVP by June 14, 2014. 
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The SBPF has just launched a new photo sharing website. Click here to view SBPF and member photos in a more user friendly way. Let us know what you think and feel free to submit any photos you'd like to share on the site. You can Contact Us at anytime!

Rob Barber, Sonex N157SX, has shared another great Sonex experience with us. Rob and fellow Sonex/Onex builders Mike Singleton and Derek Hodges made a trip to Big Bend Ranch State Park recently. You can check out their trip here! Thank again Rob for sharing your experience with us!  
Monday, March 31, 2014
Rob Barber, Sonex N157SX AKA "Sexy Hexy", shared an excellent article about his 2013 trip from Texas to Alaska, and back, in his plans-built Sonex. Here's the link to the article which was also published in the April 2014 issue of KITPLANES magazine. Thanks Rob for sharing your experience with the Sonex community!
   
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Announcing the 1st Annual "Sonex Mile-High Fly-In"! (May 17, Colorado Springs, CO)

A note from Jeff Shultz, Sonex builder and event organizer:
Fellow Sonex Builders, Pilots and Friends, 

I'm pleased to announce the first-annual "Sonex Mile-High Fly-In"! Please come join builders and pilots from all across Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region for an afternoon of camaraderie and information sharing.

The event will be held May 17, 2014 near Colorado Springs, CO, at Springs East Airport (A50, or more recently CO49). Fly-in's and Drive-in are welcome! Arrivals will start around 8:00 am, and the programs at 10:00am. We'll have drinks and snacks available all day, and we'll fire up the BBQ for lunch with burgers and dogs.

The presentations will be informal and interactive, allowing current builders and pilots the chance to pass along what they've learned to others. Some of the topics may include "Building a Xenos", "Converting Tri-gear to Taildragger", "Jabiru FWF Installation Tips" and a review of the plans and building process. Several of our local pilots plan to give "Sonex Smile Rides" as a way to show off the attraction of a Sonex and to hook future builders!

Springs East Airport is situated south of Denver's airspace at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It's easy to get in and out, and makes a great destination. If you plan to stay overnight, accommodations are close by and dry camping is available on the field.

Come out and support the Colorado Sonex Mile-High Club and make some new friends in the process! I look forward to a great turnout.

Check out the SBPF Calendar & Events page for more information!
Monday, March 17, 2014
North Central Sonex Fly-In (first annual!!) June 7, 2014 in Buffalo, Minnesota USA. 

A note from Wayne Flurry, event organizer:
This is the second posting notice for this new event. Response to my
original posting was beyond expectations. The purpose of this second posting
is to get the attention of those who may not have seen the first posting,
and to confirm to others that I am proceeding with plans for the event.

This will be a one-day regional fly-in event for Sonex pilots, builders and
others who are interested in learning more about the Sonex line of aircraft.
It will be held at the Buffalo Airport, Buffalo, Minnesota. This is a
convenient and active airport, located west of Minneapolis, outside of Class
B airspace.

If you are interested in attending this fly-in and would like to be added to
an email information and invitation list, please respond to Wayne Flury at
wflury@wh-link.net, or call me at 763-670-6021.

Wayne Flury
Sonex 191 (now back to working on it)

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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