All these materials are packed on one pallet as shown in the background.

The Sonex Kit

This is what the complete Sonex kit looks like. Laser cut parts, predrilled and formed. Fiberglass wheel pants, cowling and wing tips. All of the welded parts are powder coated and ready for assembly. Engine mount, fuel tank, canopy, even the rivers are supplied.

This is not to say that everything needed to complete the construction is included, but so far as kits go, this has to be one of the most complete kits available on the market today.

For Specifications on the Sonex, click here. http://www.sonex-ltd.com/specs.html .



 
Picture of John, following a long day of Sonex Workshop activities. Oct. 3, 2004

About the designers - Pete Buck and John Monnett.
The Sonex family of aircraft is the result of a lifetime of designing, building and flying experimental aircraft. John Monnett, a distinguished, EAA Hall of Fame designer and Pete Buck, a Lockheed design engineer and long time friend of John's, have worked together designing and building airplanes for more than 30 years.

Among other noteable aircraft designed by John are the Moni motor glider, the Sonerai and the Sonerai II.





 
The Jabiru 3300 installed on the Sonex. As you can see, that's a lot of engine!

Powered by Jabiru

The Sonex was designed around, essentially three engines. The Jabiru 3300, the Jabiru 2200 and the AeroVee VW conversion engine. To learn more about the AeroVee engine, click here. http://www.aeroconversions.com/ .

My choice is the Jabiru 3300. Living in the Rocky's, pretty much demands that I get as many ponies under the cowling as I can find.

The Jabiru 3300 is a six cylinder, 120 HP, naturally aspirated engine. It is built in Austrailia, and has earned a reputation in experimental aircraft, as being a very light weight and reliable engine. For more information on Jabiru engines, click here. http://www.usjabiru.com/index.htm .




 
These are a couple of ideas I've had, but indecision is still weighing heavy. It's a question of balance.

Instrumentation - How much is enough? - What do I really need?

One of the design goals of the Sonex was to, keep it simple. Which is one of the reasons I decided to build the Sonex in the first place. But when it comes to instrumentation, things get a little fuzzy.
With so many options available in today's instrumentation and avionics for experimental aircraft, the choices and combinations of different technologies can be a bit overwhelming.

Stratomaster is a really nice (glass cockpit) package, and for the price, you would be hard pressed to buy individual instruments for the same price. Check out the Stratomaster by clicking here. http://www.sonex-ltd.com/strato_ultra_X_3300.html . One other consideration is the fact that the instrument panel in the Sonex is very small. So the more use I can get out of the space available, the better.

As much as I like the electronic instrumentation, the thought of a catistrophic electrical failure, makes me a little nervous. On the otherhand, analog instruments don't need any power, but they are heavy and are more expensive. The delema continues.....

Here are some links to some of the manufacturers of other instruments that are up for consideration for my project.

Grand Rapids EIS. http://www.grtavionics.com/ .
Lowrance GPS. http://www.pca.aero/detail.asp?id=6027 .
Garmin GPS. http://www.pca.aero/detail.asp?id=5961 .
MGL Avionics. http://www.mglavionics.co.za/index.html .
Microair Avionics. http://www.airplanegear.com/microair.htm .

By the way, if you would like to try your hand at building an instrument panel, you can give a try at http://www.epanelbuilder.com/ .



 
This is a photo of my right wing with the Duckworks landing light intalled. Though I am installing landing lights during the initial construction, they may be installed after the wing has been completed as well.

Landing and Taxi lights - Decisions Decisions........

One of the many considerations that comes to the mind of any builder has to be landing lights. Some want them, some don

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