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Welcome to SonexFlight. The podcast devoted to all things Sonex. SonexFlight is a monthly podcast discussing current events, news and topics of interest to the Sonex community. We aim to entertain and educate builders and pilots of Sonex Aircraft designs, inspiring them to complete and operate their aircraft safely and efficiently.

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SonexFlight 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.

1hr 29mins

6 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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SonexFlight Episode 6: Talking with Sonex, LLC

In Episode 6 we speak with Sonex Aircraft LLC General Manager, Mark Schaible. We discuss a wide variety of topics wit Sonex, review the latest efforts and focus areas, and talk about Sonex’s biggest challenges and frustrations. In the news we review the UK Sonex Approval Document, the recent AeroVee Turbo Service Bulletin, and more.

1hr 47mins

10 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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SonexFlight Episode 62: Engine Swap on an Already Flying Airplane

Every pilot wants more power in their airplane, or may decide to try out a different engine for various reasons, and over the years a number of pilots have decided to conduct engine swaps to do just that. We’ll cover some considerations to keep in mind when replacing engines on an already-flying airplane.

2hr 2mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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SonexFlight Episode 61c: AirVenture 2019, Wrap-up

AirVenture is over, and we're missing it already! The gang reviews some of our highlights from the show, and challenges encountered along the way.

1hr 10mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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SonexFlight 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.

1hr 14mins

31 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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SonexFlight 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.

1hr 16mins

11 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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SonexFlight 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.

1hr 10mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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SonexFlight Episode 59: Flying the Onex

The Onex is Sonex Aircraft’s single place sportster, being roughly 80% the size of a Sonex and offering more speed and even snappier handling. Onex’s are appearing in the completions gallery more and more, and for good reason! Our guest owns both a Sonex and a Onex and is particularly well suited to describe the similarities and differences the Onex shares with the rest of the fleet.

2hr 28mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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SonexFlight 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 a Sonex builder about running the last mile to his first flight.

1hr 49mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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SonexFlight Episode 3: AeroVee Turbo

In Episode 3 we discuss the AeroVee Turbo engine option for the Sonex. We speak with Mike Farley and Carl Benda, two highly-experienced Turbo owners, detailing the Turbo package itself, the modifications to your Sonex to add a Turbo to an already-flying AeroVee-powered Sonex, and performance of the Turbo (Spoiler - it Rocks!). We also review current news, Forum discussions and more.

1hr 26mins

12 Sep 2016

Rank #10

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SonexFlight Episode 55: Overvoltage Protection for Permanent Magnet Alternators

Most Sonex pilots are flying engines that utilize permanent magnet alternators, such as the AeroVee and Jabiru. These systems are simple and effective, but can benefit from a carefully constructed electrical system that incorporates active voltage protection. Our guest Bob Nuckolls helps us dig into overvoltage protection to explain some simple practices we can use in our planes.

1hr 53mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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SonexFlight Episode 57: Preparing for First Flight

Now that winter has finally retreated and spring flying weather is here for most of us, it’s time for many new projects to make a first flight after being completed during the winter building season. We discuss the important considerations to prepare yourself, prepare the airplane and refine your first-flight plan.

1hr 40mins

16 May 2019

Rank #12

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SonexFlight Episode 58: SDS EFI for the AeroVee Engine

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) is a popular addition to experimental aircraft engines, and offers several attractive benefits including balanced mixture distribution, lower fuel burn, increased power and general smoothness of operation. We discuss the SDS EFI system with a successful Sonex builder and the company founder, and lay out what you'll need to add EFI to your AeroVee.

1hr 50mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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SonexFlight Episode 56: Meet the Hosts

The SonexFlight Podcast is coming up on its third anniversary, and it’s probably past time that we formally introduce ourselves. Your hosts talk about our own aviation backgrounds, share the stories that brought us together on the podcast, and look ahead to goals and objectives we each have in the coming months.

1hr 26mins

8 May 2019

Rank #14

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SonexFlight Episode 5: Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation

In Episode 5 we speak with Robbie Culver, President of the Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation. We talk about the mission and goals of the Foundation, transition training and other safety concerns. In the news we discuss recent SonexBuilders.net threads about solving radio noise, and the Stratux do-it-yourself ADS-B receiver.

1hr 10mins

26 Sep 2016

Rank #15

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SonexFlight Episode 4: Engine Cooling

In Episode 4 we discuss important considerations to achieve good engine cooling in your Sonex. We speak with Mike Smith about his recent experiences trouble shooting and improving his engine cooling efficiency. In the news we discuss NKET-approved Xenos Motorglider Quick Build Kits and Josh Bardell's homebuilt portable air-conditioning system for his Sonex.

1hr 20mins

19 Sep 2016

Rank #16

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SonexFlight Episode 54: AeroVee Maintenance

Now that winter is fading and flying season is kicking off, it’s time for us to have a look at our planes and get them ready for the season. Smart pilots will pay particular attention to the health and care of their engines. We review the common maintenance items that a pilot will need to consider, and offer our insights to keeping things running smoothly.

1hr 47mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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SonexFlight Episode 53: Garmin G3X Avionics

Garmin’s new G3X avionics system is targeted to the Experimental and LSA market segment, and offers a lot of bang for the buck. We sit down with Garmin to dig into this system, explaining what you’ll need for your Sonex and how much it will cost to get state of the art capability.

1hr 48mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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SonexFlight Episode 52: Rotax 912 Engine Installation

The Rotax 912 is a common engine choice for LSA and sport aircraft, but until just recently has been absent from the Sonex fleet. With Sonex Aircraft now supporting that option, builders are increasingly flying behind Rotax power. We speak with one of the first Rotax-Sonex pilots about his engine installation, and offer some insight and advice to pilots wishing to choose that engine option.

1hr 19mins

2 Mar 2019

Rank #19

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SonexFlight Episode 51: Wing Rigging Made Easy

Drilling the wing spars to the fuselage is a final step in completing major assembly of the airframe, and may cause builders grief if not done correctly. We explain how to rig the wings accurately and painlessly, and avoid the need to remake parts from a wing rigging operation gone wrong.

1hr 25mins

15 Feb 2019

Rank #20