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Sonex #237 Build Web Site

Builder:
Michael Robitaille
Location:
Asbury, NJ -
Aircraft:
Sonex Aircraft LLC - Sonex
Manufacturer:   
http://www.sonexaircraft.com/
Engine:
GM - Corvair
Prop:
Prince - P-Tip - Constant Pitch
Total Build Time:
124 Hours

Welcome to my experimental aircraft web site.

I am building a Sonex aircraft from Sonex Aircraft LLC. This is a 2 place all-aluminum aerobatic aircraft built from a kit. I have decided to build the dual stick, conventional landing gear variant utilizing the optional Sport Acro ailerons. The ailerons are lengthened and the flaps are shortened which results in an increased roll rate (from 80 degrees/sec to > 105 degrees/sec) and an increased full flap stall speed (from 40 mph to 42 mph). I am also using a Corvair engine which is an atypical powerplant for this airplane. However, there are several Corvair powered Sonex aircraft safely flying today with more being built. I was thinking of a polished airframe with painted accents. I am considering the addition of lighting to permit nighttime (VFR) flying.

I use this website to show and document my build progress.

I thought I would start off with the engine as the initial start-up costs are low and I can buy the conversion parts as I progress. Plus, once I am done, a major component of the total overall build will be complete.

With the engine now complete it was time to purchase a kit :^). However before I did that I attended the Sonex Builders Workshop and checked-out what Sonex LLC was all about. I ended up buying an existing kit that was never started even though it was initially purchased back in 2005. It was missing some parts so I got it at a good price!

I hope you enjoy the site as I record by build?

NOTE: This web site is in no way a publication of Sonex Aircraft LLC. or any other corporation. All products mentioned are not necessarily recommended for use, but are included for informational purposes only. No responsibility or liability is assumed, expressed, or implied as to the suitability, accuracy, safety, or approval thereof. Any party using the suggestions, ideas, instructions or examples on these web pages does so at their own risk and discretion and without recourse against anyone.


Recent Activity
 Date Hours Work Log Summary Details
 08-19-2012
1.0
To Do
Details

 08-11-2012
1.0
Vertical Stab Assembly Cont.
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 08-08-2012
2.8
Vertical Stab Assembly Begins
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 07-15-2012
1.5
Created Vert Stab Assmebly Jig
Details

 06-30-2012
1.3
Riveted Fwd And Main Spar Assemblies
Details

 06-09-2012
2.3
Vertical Stab Rib Fabrication
Details

 05-19-2012
2.0
Main Spar Assembly Cont.
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 05-13-2012
2.0
Main Spar Assembly
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 04-29-2012
1.0
Forward Spar Assembly
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 04-28-2012
3.0
Vertical Stab Spar Fabrication Cont.
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