SonexFlight is a monthly podcast where we talk all things related to the Sonex line of kit-build aircraft. Each show we interview a different Sonex builder or pilot and discuss technical topics, tips and tricks, flying adventures, news and current events.
Episode 78 - "Transition Training with the SBPF Syllabus"With spring finally here and new builders reading their planes for first flight, new owners getting ready to ferry their newly-purchased Sonex home, and the rest of us thinking about knocking the rust off on our own proficiency, it's time to discuss Transition Training. The Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation published a training syllabus designed to guide pilots through the process of gaining proficiency to fly their Sonex airplanes, and satisfy their insurance requirements so they can obtain insurance coverage. We review the syllabus, talk with a new Sonex pilot who recently used the syllabus for his own Sonex transition, and offer some practical advice to those looking to train in the future.
Episode 77 - "Taking Flight in Your New Sonex"Sooner or later it will be time to fly your new Sonex, and there are a few things that you'll want to keep in mind as you prepare for the big day. We speak with two pilots that recently passed that milestone and hear their advice for taking flight.
Episode 76 - "Selling Your Sonex"Each Sonex builder or owner will eventually reach the point where it's time to sell the plane. We discuss a rent experience where an owner sold the plane and hear about the thought process and logistics of how that played out.
Episode 75 - "Pattern Precision"The Sonex is a great handling, easy flying sport plane with absolutely no bad habits. We cover the techniques used on a typical pattern flight, discuss the speeds and performance a pilot will commonly see, and lay down the foundation for flying a Sonex pattern with precision.
Episode 74 - "Second Owner Survival Tips"Non-builder owners of experimental aircraft show a disturbing trend in the accident data, sometimes running into problems within the first few hours or even the flight home with their new airplane. Experience has highlighted many of the common problem areas a second owner may encounter, and we cover some key advice to keep you out of the NTSB database.
Episode 73 - "Project Closeout"The plane is at the airport and ready to fly, but what items should a builder consider as they make the transition from a builder to an operator? We discuss the objectives, considerations and key info needed for effective project closeout.
Episode 72 - "Customizing Your Sonex Experience"One of the great aspects of homebuilt aircraft is the ability to customize and tailor our planes to our own interests and requirements. We speak with builder Jake Logan about his Sonex project and the custom features and modifications he implemented.
Episode 71 - "Electric Xenos Motorglider"Electric power for homebuilt aircraft continues to make great strides to becoming available and practical for homebuilders of average means. Gabe DeVault walks us thru his current aircraft project as he creates an electric powered Xenos.
Episode 70 - "Are Acro Ailerons Right for You?"Sonex airplanes have always been known for light and responsive handling, but sometimes pilots want even more! For pilots wanting superior roll control, Sonex offers the "Acro Aileron" option. We describe the modifications necessary, the pro's and the con's, and help answer whether that option is right for you.
Episode 69 - "AllenFlight Extended Wingtips"Tim Allen of AllenFlight speaks with us about his wingtip extension modification, and hear about the installation process and results he's achieved.
Episode 68 - "The Last Mile to First Flight""90% done, 90% to go!" Every homebuilder is confronted with this truth as they near the end of the project and must accomplish a multitude of little things that have to be completed to finish out the project. We speak with builder Tim Wrede about running the last mile to his first flight.
Episode 67 - "Catching Up with Sonex Aircraft"It's been some months since our last conversation with Sonex Aircraft, and we thought it was time to catch up on the latest happenings. Join us to find out what's been happening at the factory and what to expect from Sonex in 2020.
Episode 66 - "Dynamic Prop Balancing with DynaVibe"Builders and pilots are always looking for ways to improve the performance and reliability of our engines and aircraft, and ensuring your aircraft’s propeller runs smooth and vibration-free is a simple way to do both. We talk with manufacturer DynaVibe and cover the methodology and process of dynamically balancing your prop to help you get the smoothest engine around.
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