Experimental aircraft manufacturer Sonex Aircraft introduced its AeroVee Turbo engine and announced new details on its in-development SubSonex personal jet during the company’s annual EAA AirVenture open house, held yesterday at its headquarters, which are adjacent to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The Turbo boosts the power of the standard AeroVee engine from 80 hp to 100 hp.
The annual Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) AirVenture show officially opens tomorrow in Oshkosh, Wis., but aviation enthusiasts have been streaming in to Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport for the past few weeks.
The annual EAA AirVenture show officially opens on Monday in Oshkosh, Wis., at Wittman Regional Airport, but aviation enthusiasts are already streaming into the airport ahead of the show.
Kitplane company Sonex Aircraft announced that its JSX-2 SubSonex Personal Jet flew on July 10. The initial goal of the flight-test program was to evaluate the single-engine jet’s systems, flight controls, gear and overall aircraft geometry, and handling through moderately high speeds. A second flight checked the function of the retractable landing gear and explored higher speeds.
This year’s EAA AirVenture started out cloudy, cool and gloomy, but the weather soon matched the crowd’s upbeat outlook and the entire week was marked by comfortable low humidity and moderate temperatures.
Oshkosh, Wis.-based Sonex Aircraft opened the order book on July 28 for the smallest, lightest and lowest-cost jet-powered airplane–the $125,000 SubSonex single-seater. The tiny jet will be sold as a nearly completed kit, and the price includes everything except paint and avionics.
Sonex Aircraft JSX-1, the proof-of-concept prototype of the SubSonex single-engine very light jet, will be flying during the showcase presentation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which starts on Monday. The SubSonex is currently scheduled to fly a five-minute demonstration in three of AirVenture pre-airshow showcases–Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The showcase takes place each day of the airshow between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Famed airshow performer Bob Carlton will be piloting the small jet during these flying displays.
Sonex Aircraft brought what might be the only new jet-powered aircraft to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.–a research-and-development project intended to evaluate market reception for a small jet airplane kit.