My current Paint scheme

Bobs Sonex #243 Plans Built - N243SX
Why the Sonex ?

Some of my criteria:
1. All metal construction, low wing design, Tricycle Gear (my personal preference)
2. Affordable to build, own and operate (Sport plane)
3. Support from Local builders and factory. There are several builders in the San Diego area. I'm the 3rd one in our EAA Chapter to build one.
4. Good performance and reasonable payload (~400 lbs) I hope to get the published numbers of 150~170 MPH

Photo's of my Building Progress and how I got started
After spending several months reviewing material packs and plans I read the article in Sport Aviation. That put the Sonex on the list of Planes to "Check-out". Purchased Info Pack and video, visited (2) local builders to check out their planes and ask questions. I bought some plans and materials from another builder then got to work. I didn't even have a workbench until August.

My Sonex Configuration:
* Jabiru 3300A (New Change-Aug 2017)
* Tri Gear
* Dual Controls - with Center Brake Handle
* MGL Xtreme EFIS w/RDAC (Flight Instruments & Engine Monitoring)
* FlyQ efb w/ Syn Vision / Moving Map on iPad Mini
* Props Inc. Propeller (Prince Upgrade w/Jab 3300)
* FSG-90 Comm Radio
* Collins TDR-950 Transponder with Amer King Blind encoder
* UMA 2-1/4" Airspeed Indicator (MPH & KTS)
* Todd's Canopy
* Grimes Position / LED Strobe (Upgrade)
* LED Landing Light
* SPOT PLB
* RAMI AV-17 Com Antenna (Belly Mount)
* uAvionx- echoUAT ADS-B In/Out

Future Add-On's
* uAvionx SkyFYX Antenna/WAAS GPS
* TruTrak ECO Auto Pilot- if they release it
* Canopy Cover

Hours invested:(October 2017)1970 hrs (Est ~2,200 to complete)
(Remember Scratch built from Plans - Except welded parts)

** Currently working on wiring Panel
- getting ready to Install the Jab 3300 I purchased.

Next is the Cowling and finish canopy frame


Bob Wilson
President
EAA Chapter 286
- Several Videos and Photos of Sonex on our Chapter website http://www.eaachapter286.org

Sonex Inc. Home page:
http://www.sonexaircraft.com/

Sonex Builders Blog - good info to check out
http://www.sonexbuilders.net/

Sonex Articles may be found in the Following:
http://www.sonexaircraft.com/press/articles.html

Other Aircraft I looked at building:
RV-9A - More expensive and involved than I was ready to commit to
Zodiac - Didn't like the wing design and performance
Lafayette - Nice design but pricey
Pulsar - Decided to build metal plane
Vision - Low number of kits & Decided to build metal plane

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