The 27" wide Onex cockpit is enlarged to accommodate more pilots than ever before with greater width and seat geometry to handle a longer torso & legs. We leveled at 3500 feet to let the airplane show us max-speed performance; the yet-young engine could only muster 3300 rpm, giving us a 128-mph IAS and truing 138 mph on the Stratomaster display.
Did you know that most of the articles at Air Facts are written by readers like you? You might remember that our granddaughter is the same age, and we’re getting her interested in becoming a pilot. Options ranging from advanced Quick Build Kits to individual Sub-Kits are available to suit your construction skills, time and budget. The Onex builder/pilot has a choice of tricycle or conventional gear configurations. A couple of years later I met a friend at Oshkosh who built an all-wood sailplane, the Woodstock. The Onex likes to be kept high on the base leg, because it will come down on final with flaps out and power back, but it glides in nicely with 70 mph in hand, even when idling, giving plenty of energy in the flare. Also filed the hole for the spar to fit through the fueslage slightly so the rivet heads could pass through. I live in Old Farm and fly out of Clow, would be up for a ride in your Sonex if you’re open to that, I’ll buy lunch! The cowling is attached with piano-hinge, a sturdy, simple retention that keeps the cowl in place. The folding-wing design can fit into a garage, or share a T hangar with your flying buddies, be trailered on local roads, and the wing panels are easily removed for trailering at highway speeds. When I first started reading your well written story, I expected that you were describing South Norfolk Airport in Chesapeake,Va. Your email address will not be published. Finished fabricating them. Wings and tail are complete and in the hangar. This is the build log for Sonex Onex Serial #132, documenting my journey building a kitplane. Here is a link to Sonex Aircraft, the designer of the aircraft and the producer of the kit. For the money, the Onex will deliver a lot of fighter-plane feel and fun flying on a tight budget. Then it will be ready for gear and hanging the Viking Honda engine. This list of popular articles is a great place to get started. In addition, Sonex provides leadership to the grass-roots homebuilt community to protect the experimental-amateur built rules and cultivates new pilots and airplane builders through educational efforts. Sonex also offered several models of aircraft, and the Sonex could be built from plans, as sub kits, or as a complete kit.
The diminutive Onex is no bigger than it needs to be to hold its pilot. Sonex, Van’s, Lancair and all of the Cub clones, so many options. Kits have gotten much easier to build with CNC matched hole manufacturing. The second wing went much faster and we were then ready for the fuselage kit. Onex (pronounced One-X) is a single-seat aircraft designed to offer an even-more economical way to build and fly your sport pilot aircraft! The Onex sits on a one-piece flat aluminum-spring maingear, a departure from the Sonex’s titanium-rod maingear legs. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view downloaded Sonex forms. Sonex Aircraft Sonex The Onex (pronounced "One-X"  ) is an American single-seat, low-wing aircraft first flown on 27 January 2011   and currently being produced by Sonex … As we completed it, I stood back in amazement and for the first time realized that, while it was a long path to completion, I would eventually complete and fly the airplane. I'm inclined to go polished w the Aerovee if it were the Onex and Aerovee Turbo or Jab if it were the Sonex. The aileron response was much quicker than with the longer-winged trigear airplane. Onex Kits: See All Pricing and While these finished costs are accurate as of the date of publication, they are not guaranteed. Important Notice: You must download, print, complete and sign the Sonex Buyer Agreement*.
Hopefully next we we can reassemble and rerun the control cables and reinstall the seat pans.
A plain, yet sophisticated, VFR panel carried a slip indicator, compass and digital G-meter, with an MGL Stratomaster Xtreme electronic display providing pages for engine, flight instruments, or a combination of everything—the option we selected. Congratulations, Robbie and Brenda! Grossing at 1100 pounds and offering a 40-inch wide cabin, the Sonex accommodated the two of us quite well, climbing away at 400-fpm and showing us 132 mph in level flight at 3500 rpm. It is a work of love. Required fields are marked *. Back to the runway for the challenge of landing, we again found the Onex’s runway manners predictable, considering the airplane’s small size and direct tailwheel steering. Now the Sonex all-metal kit airplane line-up is broad and expanding—including motorglider, jet and electric propulsion developments.