Price isn't everything. Most pilots know this. Yet every pilot, no matter how wealthy, keeps a focus on cost. A complete Sonex airframe kits is priced at $23,000. Even a quick-build B-Model kit sells for $30,900. That's less than average price for a new car these days. OK, so it's modestly priced. What do you get for the money?
Why are the B-models a move forward in the Sonex universe? They have more... • room and comfort (Bs are wider and the seat is further aft); • panel space (more room for big screens); • fuel (now 20 gallons usable, up from 16); • 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; • and, 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). On the other hand, B-models have... • less build time.|
One thing does not change. Sonex B models have the same great flight characteristics the brand has long properly boasted. Specs remain strong: empty weight 620 lbs; range 687 miles; cruise speed at Sea Level 130 mph (with 80-hp AeroVee) or 135 mph (with 120-hp Jabiru 3300); cruise Speed at 8,000 ft 150 mph (AeroVee) or 170 mph (Jabiru). As you can see, Sonex Bs do very well measured speed per dollar, too.
Put it all together with the AeroVee engine and Sonex said you can get airborne for $36,000, barely over the average price of new car but you'll fly twice as fast as the car drives and you'll have have ten times the fun. Add more money and get a SubSonex jet for even more airborne joy. In fact, Sonex has a line of models to satisfy most pilot interests:
- Sonex-B and Waiex-B (discussed above)
- Onex: Single-place folding-wing sport aircraft with a base completion cost of $28,699
- Xenos: 2-place motorglider
- SubSonex Personal Jet
- AeroConversions: AeroVee Engines, AeroInjector carbs, AeroBrake hydraulic brakes, Throttle Quadrants, Trim Systems and more!
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Video review: Sonex Aircraft — Video Tour of Factory (2016)
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Pedal to the Metal
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Splog: Oshkosh Day 5
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Splog: Oshkosh First Day
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Splog: Electricity In The Air!
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