Kitplane maker Sonex Aircraft of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has updated the design of both the Sonex and Waiex models with a larger cockpit and more options for engines.
The Sonex and Waiex B-models are replacing the originals, which remain available for a limited time. The updated models offer longer legs as well as more legroom: Both kitplanes now include a 20-gallon fuel tank, an increase in fuel capacity of four gallons over the original. More panel space gives builders more options for avionics, and the new universal cowling can accommodate a range of engines.
“It’s what you’ve been asking for,” Sonex founder and designer John Monnett said in a press release. “More of everything you want in a sport aircraft: More room and comfort, more panel space, more fuel, more engine choices, and more standard features combined with reduced build time and the same great Sonex and Waiex flight characteristics.”
A center-mounted Y-stick offers dual controls with easy cockpit entry and comfortable seating; adjusting the fuselage lines allows for more room around the shoulders, hips, and legs. Taller pilots will appreciate the seat being moved farther aft.
Build time is reduced because the wing spar and other components are now delivered assembled; AeroBrake hydraulic brakes, dual AeroConversions throttle quadrants, and AeroConversions trim system are now included with each kit. Sonex also trimmed build time by including "more laser-cut, formed and machined parts, machined canopy bows for easier installation with a better fit, an easy-fitting horizontal-split cowl, and engine mounts that bolt quickly and accurately to the airframe."
Powerplant options include the AeroVee/AeroVee Turbo and Jabiru/CAMit 3300 engines, as well as UL Power 350i, 350is, and Rotax 912-series engines.
Both of the new Sonex B-models are being offered at an introductory price of $23,000. A refundable reservation deposit of $1,000 will hold a place on the assembly line; tail kits are expected to start shipping in March (giving those who opt to get started with those a place at the front of the line), with full kit deliveries to follow in June. The Waiex B-Model prototype will be on display at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. The factory will give attendees a sneak peek at both new models during a builder’s workshop Feb. 27 and 28.