Is it possible for a bunch of people—most of whom have little to no builder experience and don’t even know each other—to assemble an airplane in a week? Not only is it possible, but it is happening again at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 in Wisconsin.
This year’s One Week Wonder project is a Sonex Waiex–B, a two-seat, low-wing light sport aircraft that, when completed, will have a range of 687 nautical miles and will cruise at 130 to 135 miles per hour. The basic Waiex kit can be built and flown for $42,553, according to Sonex. The Waiex, pronounced “Y-X,” is a Y-tailed version of the company’s Sonex kitplane.
Experimental Aircraft Association members have already voted on potential paint schemes, provided by Craig Barnett at Scheme Designers—who has created the eye-catching paint schemes for many AOPA sweepstakes airplanes—and you can vote for one of the three finalists at the show. The winning paint scheme will be unveiled on July 31.
Jim Cunningham, a longtime EAA volunteer and Sonex builder, said he is volunteering all week at the One Week Wonder exhibit. “How many times in your life do you get to be part of a team that builds an airplane in a week?” he said.