Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation
A type club to promote safety and education
in building and operating Sonex aircraft.


Welcome to the Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation

Friday October 7th, 2016

The annual ASA fly-in is being held October 14th and 15th 2016.

13th Annual ASA Gathering

Place: Crossville, TN
KCSV Main Hangar
Date: October 14th, and 15th 2016
Friday: Noon to dark
Saturday: 7:00 AM to Dark

Crossville Memorial Airport
2409 Sparta Hwy, Crossville, TN 38572
Friday, July 29th, 2016

The Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation held its fourth meeting of the membership at AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. We've posted some photos from the Sonex Aircraft, LLC open house and the SBPF picnic. 

The voting membership elected Chris Balthis to replace Scott Meyer as Director, Robbie Culver was re-elected to a three year term.

Sonex Open House AirVenture 2016 photos are at

SBPF Picnic at Oshkosh 2016 photos are at

We are pleased to inform you that on Monday, July 25, 2016, Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (the “Foundation”), will hold its Annual Meeting of Members in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at AirVenture on the Flight Line adjacent to the Sonex Aircraft, LLC display booth at 11:00 a.m. CT. 

All members, interested parties, friends, fans, builders, pilots, and family are invited!

For voting members, Your vote matters! Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please take the time to vote by completing the Proxy you will receive by email this evening.

If you attend the meeting, you may vote at the meeting and your Proxy will have no effect, or your Proxy can stand as your vote. 

If you do not attend the meeting, your Proxy will be counted as your vote. As a Voting Member as of the record date of June 25, 2016, we hope you will return the Proxy in favor of the proposals. 

At the meeting, the Voting Members shall: 
Elect two (2) directors to a three-year term. Robbie Culver and Chris Balthis have been nominated. 

The Board of Directors recommends that you approve the proposal and asks that you review the May 2016 “Shop Talk” Newsletter of the Foundation (pages 26 & 27) for information regarding the proposals and the director nominees.

Robbie Culver
Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation
Monday June 13th, 2016

Added files from David A:

A.- info Panel mtd Fuel shut-off.pdf
Fuel -panel shut-off drawinjg.pdf
IMG_0719 Fuel Shut-off.JPG
IMG_0720 Fuel Shut-off.JPG
IMG_1369 Fuel Shut-off.JPG

Added files from the old Yahoo archives here
Wednesday April 20th, 2016

We've posted two new videos on YouTube! 

Waiex Dawn Patrol:

Turbo Waiex Short Field operations:

Both were shot by Michael Farley and edited by Robbie Culver

Sunday April 17th, 2016

The 4th annual Great Lakes Sonex fly in is scheduled for June 25th at Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport (1C5).

See for details.

This is in Chicagoland and we urge all midwest builders, pilots, and enthusiasts to attend!

You can see photos from past events at and
Thursday February 18th, 2016

Sonex Aircraft LLC has announced a new Sonex "B" model and Waiex "B" model.

Click here to read the press release.

Click here to see a rendering of the forward fuselage.

Click here to see a rendering of the tri-gear.

Click here to see a rendering of the conventional gear.
Tuesday September 1st, 2015

Be sure to check out our YouTube channel!

We are adding videos produced by the Sonex community as well as our own content.

A message from Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation:

Greetings all fellow Sonex/Waiex/Xenos/Onex builders, owners, pilots and all those interested in experimental aircraft, sport aviation, and Sonex aircraft.

As you may be aware, the NTSB has been encouraging the experimental aircraft community to improve the safety record of amateur-built aircraft. Type Clubs have demonstrated to have been a significant factor in the overall improvement in first flight, flight testing, and continued operation of E/AB aircraft.

In concert with the above, there have been a core group of Sonex builders/owners who have expressed a desire over the past few months to grow the Sonex community across the nation. What started as one-on-one discussions about bringing more groups together, growing a community, promoting safety, education, and transition training, has now morphed into an informed coalition of individuals who are interested in building a national Sonex type club.

Other experimental and certified aircraft models have type clubs. It is our belief the time is right for a Sonex type club. One glance at the current conversation in the experimental aviation community shows an increased emphasis on many of the topics we have as goals.
We have named this organization the Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation.

While we have received the blessing of Sonex Aircraft, LLC, this organization has no formal ties with Sonex Aircraft, LLC. All opinions and information contained within are the result of tech counselor, builder/pilot experiences or trusted sources.

Just to be clear, when we speak of Sonex, we are speaking about all Sonex types of aircraft and all those who currently or may in the future build, fly, own, or those who just admire Sonex aircraft.

To learn more about the Foundation's goals click here!

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