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What's Up with the B-Models — Why are the B-models a move forward in the Sonex universe? Let's go through the checklist:
Sonex B-Models Have More...
- Room and comfort (Bs are wider and the seat is further aft)
- Panel space (more room for big screens)
- Engine choices (a new Universal Cowl fits many popular engine options including AeroVee or turbo, Jabiru 3300, UL Power 350i, and Rotax 9-series and Sonex provides engine mounts for all of those engine options
- Fuel capacity (now 20 gallons, up from 16)
- Standard features (too many to list but, for example, fully assembled wing spars and more laser-cut, formed and machined parts to reduce fabrication time) but...
- LESS build time.
Room to Spare — When Sonex said they made the B models more comfortable, they took it to new limits. B models offer more width and comfort at the shoulders, hips, knees, and feet. The seat back was moved aft and new seating ergonomics fits taller individuals. To take occupant room even further, staggered seating is now available via upholstery seat back cushions. A center Y-shaped joytick provides controls for each occupant while making cockpit entry easier and more freedom for your legs in flight. Finally, electric Flaps reduce cockpit clutter plus dual throttles are standard.
Enjoy More; Spend Less — You can get airborne in Sonex for way under $40,000. Here's how it breaks out: Airframe Kit $23,000; Hardware items $1,100; AeroVee Engine (80 horsepower $7,495; Engine Options $634; Firewall-Forward Kit $500; Basic Instruments $2,000; Prop $930; Upholstery $950;
Final price — $36,609
Phone: (920) 231-8297Oshkosh, WI 549032521
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