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‘Every pilot’s dream’‘Every pilot’s dream’

Sonex Aircraft brought two JSX-2 jets to the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo—one to perform in the daily airshow and the other as a display to potential owners and builders.

“It’s time to put the jet in the hands of more pilots,” said John Monnett, Sonex founder and a prolific designer and builder of kit aircraft. “An aerobatic jet is every pilot’s dream.”

Sonex has delivered seven JSX-2 kits of which one has been completed and flown. The company now sells the kits in two or more phases: The airframe kit has a retail price of $42,000, and the engine costs $55,000. An optional ballistic parachute and avionics can be purchased separately.

The JSX-2 has a top speed of 250 knots and is powered by a single engine that puts out about 250 pounds of thrust. It carries 40 gallons of jet fuel in a single fuselage tank. (AOPA Pilot featured the SubSonex JSX-2 in the July 2015 issue.)

Sonex also showed off its two-seat Waiex B, an updated version of its popular Sonex kit aircraft. The new version has a wider fuselage and instrument panel and spars and motor mounts for a variety of piston engines that are built at the factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Sonex was founded in 1998, and Monnett has been designing and selling kit aircraft since 1970.

Dave Hirschman

Dave Hirschman

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
Topics: Events, Sun n Fun, Experimental

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