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Sonex Aircraft Offering T-Flight Transition Training Program
By Daniel Baxter

May 7, 2013 - Sonex Aircraft, announce the new T-Flight Transition Training Program, offering type-specific transition flight training for the Sonex line of aircraft. Sonex has recently been issued an FAA Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) authorizing Sonex Aircraft, LLC to provide training for pilots building, buying or considering a Sonex design. 

The FAA, NTSB, Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA), EAA and others have identified transition training as a key component to improving safety in the Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft fleet, and transition training in the form of dual instruction given by a CFI is an increasingly common requirement to obtain insurance for homebuilt aircraft. 

"We are extremely excited to be offering this service to the Sonex pilot community," remarks Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett. "Sonex Aircraft has been maintaining one of the largest and most diverse flying fleets in the homebuilt aircraft industry with a current total of 10 flying factory aircraft, including a personal jet and the world’s most advanced electric aircraft.  

“Increasing the safety of Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft and the worldwide Sonex fleet has always been a high priority for us here at Sonex. The timing is right to put the pieces together in creating this program, offering professional and thorough transition training with Certified Flight Instructors.  

"We hope many current and prospective Sonex Aircraft builders and pilots will come fly with us to learn more about the aircraft we sell. Preparing to fly your Sonex with the proper training and type-specific flight time is just as important as building the aircraft properly. The more prepared you are for your first flight, the safer your journey into homebuilt aviation will be!" 

"We appreciate the prompt, efficient handling of our LODA application by ASI Dan Oskar of the Milwaukee FAA Flight Standards District Office," said Sonex transition training flight instructor Joe Norris. "Dan and the FSDO staff obviously see the value of type-specific transition training and the positive impact it can have on experimental aircraft safety." 



Through the Sonex T-Flight Transition Training Program, students have the opportunity to experience training at the Sonex Aircraft, LLC factory in Oshkosh, WI. Ground and flight instruction (dual instruction only) is available in the Sonex factory prototype aircraft that are most appropriate to students’ needs, given by Sonex Aircraft’s own Certified Flight Instructors. Per FAA LODA requirements, the training is for aircraft familiarization and transition purposes only. Student applicants must already hold a pilot certificate with appropriate category and class rating, as well as any required endorsements. 

Sonex has created a comfortable pilot lounge & training environment within the Sonex Aircraft, LLC factory headquarters campus so that students may familiarize themselves with Sonex Aircraft flight handling and procedures via ground instruction and dual instruction flights from the runways of the historic Wittman Regional Airport. Training is offered in packages that include Basic Aircraft Familiarization, as well as packages created to suit the two most common training requirement standards set-forth by homebuilt aircraft insurance underwriters. Group discounts are offered on ground instruction rates for groups of two students or more. For full details, package pricing, and registration information.

"In addition to our transition training packages here at Sonex, students can further take advantage of the Oshkosh area as a landmark destination for pilots," says Jeremy Monnett. "In addition to experiencing the world-class EAA AirVenture Museum, pilots can also pursue training from other local flight schools as-needed, including pursuit of a tailwheel endorsement."  

For those wishing to experience flight in a Sonex Aircraft who are not certificated pilots with appropriate ratings and endorsements, Sonex recommends flying with other Sonex Aircraft Customers. Sonex pilots can be found via the searchable Sonex Builder Database. There are also several Sonex Builders’ Events held throughout the year, at which Sonex Aircraft rides are commonly given, and can be found using the Sonex Builders' Events Calendar. 

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is an American aircraft kit manufacturer located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, producing kits for four all-metal homebuilt monoplanes. The company is led by John Monnett who has designed the Monnett Sonerai sport aircraft series, Monnett Monerai sailplane, Monnett Moni motorglider, and Monnett Monex racer. Monnett designs are displayed in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum near Washington D.C.

Sonex Aircraft, is a leader in the experimental kit aircraft industry, providing a series of Sport Pilot eligible kit aircraft and producing the AeroConversions line of products which include the AeroVee engine, AeroInjector and ancillary aviation products. Sonex Aircraft’s Sonex, Waiex, and Onex sport planes, and the Xenos sport motorglider offer outstanding performance in an easy to build, easy to fly kit package that can be purchased and completed with full technical support at an unrivaled price.

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