Welcome to Adrian,s Sonex page.

My Sonex has found a new home at Cessnock airfield so time to dream about the next project.

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The completed Sonex , The Onex , The Hummelbird.

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The man himself John Monnett the creator of the Sonex and founder of the Sonex company with his wife Betty. They visited Australia from Oshkosh in Wisconsin and took time out of their busy schedule to have lunch with a group of Australian builders.Second photo is John and Lynne Jarvis who built the first Sonex in Australia featured at the bottom of this page. Last is the finished article with my valuable helper.

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The Plans and the in-workshop entertainment.

I built the power supply about 10 years ago and have not quite finished it. It is a 13.8v 10 amp continuous supply.

The transceiver is a Yaesu FT-817 UHF, VHF and HF plus a general coverage receiver.

To the right is a Microair air band transceiver which will be going in the Sonex , So might the Yaesu I have not decided yet.

OziExplorer running on a HP 5550 and a Garman GPS 10 Bluetooth Receiver.

The cover on my ever growing Service Manual with all my schematics wiring diagrams and explanations.

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Steve's Sonerai the predecessor to the Sonex, The WardAir trainer and my most enthusiastic passenger.

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Aviation's King Air Instrument Panel.   Bet that got you thinking! Click me for a big picture!

Orange Aviation's Brand New J160 Jabiru with yours truely at the controls , Tail wheel endorsement completed.

An aerial view of Bathurst township

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The view from the pilot's seat in the Jab and a view from the co pilot's seat in the Cessna on final at Bathurst, taken by my granddaughter.

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The Sonex the Jabiru 6 cyl engine and the Sonex all glass dash.

The blue Sonex built by Lynn Jarvis has won best overall aircraft at Natfly for the past 3 years running.


Sonex Specifications.

Length: 5.36 m 17'7"

Wing Span: 6.7 m 22'

Wing Area: 9.1 sq m 98.0 sq. ft.

Air Foil: 64-415

Primary Structure: 6061 aluminium

Cockpit Width: 101.6 cm.

Fuel Capacity: 65 liters

Stall Speed (clean): 40 kt

Max Flap Extended Speed (Vfe): 87 kt

Manoeuvrings Speed: 109 kt

Never Exceed Speed (Vne): 170 kt [317 km/h]

Performance with 6 cyl engine.

Empty Weight: 620 lbs 282 kg.

Range: 350 nm [650 km]

Cruise Speed @ Sea Level: 118 kt

Cruise Speed @ 8000 ft (TAS): 148 kt

Power Loading (GW/HP) : 4.4 kg

T.O. Roll Distance : 76-152m

Landing Roll Distance : 152m

Utility Category.

Gross Weight : 523 kg

Baggage (Max) : 18 kg

Useful Load : 241 kg

Rate of Climb : 1200-1400 fpm

Positive Load Factor : +4.4 Gs

Negative Load Factor : -2.2 Gs

L/D: 11:1

CG Limits : 20-32% Wing Chord

Aerobatic Category.

Gross Weight - Aerobatic 432 kg

Baggage (Max) 4.5 kg

Rate of Climb 2000+ fpm

Positive Load Factor +6.0 Gs

Negative Load Factor -3.0 Gs

CG Limits 25-29% Wing Chord


Here's a few of my favorite links:

Ward Air - Where I learnt to fly.

Sonex the Company. - Excellent site.

Sport Aircraft Association of Australia Inc. - Check out other projects.

RAAUS. - Recreational Aviation Australia Inc.

Comments / Complaints / Suggestions? Or if you would like to join the Oz Sonex website Email Me!

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