January 30, 2011 - Sonex Aircraft announced that the
number one prototype of the new Onex single-place,
folding-wing kit aircraft made its first flight on
Piloted by Sonex General Manager, CEO, and Onex designer
Jeremy Monnett, the AeroVee-powered N111NX made an
extensive flight orbiting the field. Monnett also made a
low approach before landing, signifying his satisfaction
with the initial handling and performance of the
"The airplane is sweet," commented Jeremy Monnett upon landing. "It feels great!" In celebration of the achievement, the "Corsair-style" wing-fold system was used to stow the aircraft back into the Hornets' Nest R&D hangar.
flight of the Onex marks the beginning of our flight test
program for this innovative new design," continued Jeremy after
the flight. "A design that virtually everyone in the community
of current and prospective Sonex Aircraft builders is very
excited about. This folding-wing, aerobatic, sport pilot
aircraft offers enhanced freedom and affordability, continuing
the Sonex tradition of lowering the cost barriers to flying."
in the development of the Onex include a complete and thorough
flight testing program to explore the full performance envelope
and flight characteristics of the aircraft, along with
completion, first flight, and testing of Onex prototype number
two: a tricycle gear version.
information about the Onex can be obtained by watching an
upcoming Onex webinar to be hosted by EAA and presented by
Jeremy Monnett on February 2nd at 7:00pm central time.
Additionally, more Onex progress updates will continue to be
posted to the Hornets' Nest Research and Development web site as
flight testing continues.
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aircraft and producing the AeroConversions line of products
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