Wed, Jul 23, 2003
ANN Has Exclusive New Photos Of New Sonex Motorgliders and
If it isn't a record, it should
be... but the folks at Sonex, Ltd., sure were busy getting ready
for some major announcements at Oshkosh... test-flying THREE new
designs in one single day. Sonex, Ltd told ANN that the first
flight of these three brand-new aircraft all took place Saturday,
July 19th, 2003 with John Monnett at the controls.
The first of the three test flights was Xenos N212XS, a
brand-new two-place all-metal motor glider. This Xenos is
powered by the Jabiru 3300. The Xenos gracefully took to the skies
at 7:30 AM. The second test flight was Xenos N112XS powered by the
Aero Vee 2180.
The new Xenos motorglider will be offered only as a complete kit
from Sonex, Ltd. The kit will contain laser-cut parts, formed ribs,
all welded components, along with all formed aluminum parts. It
will only be offered with a tail-dragger configuration. Options
will include a center or dual stick and two engine options. The
Xenos can be built for under $28,000 complete!
The final test flight of the day was a new Y-tail Sonex
derivative named the Waiex. (stands for Y-tail Experimental). The
new sport aircraft Waiex hotrod meets all Sport Pilot Criteria, and
adds yet another option for those seeking affordable
performance. The Waiex will also only be offered as a complete kit.
Waiex can be built for under $25,000 complete!
Both of these new designs are being premiered at AirVenture 2003
in Oshkosh, WI held from July 29th through August 4th. The
"Sun-Yellow" prototypes of these designs can be seen at the
Sonex,ltd Booth's 464 and 465 in the North Display Area. One of the
Xenos prototypes will also be on display in the EAA's Sport Pilot
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