If you've ever thought of building your own airplane, you may be
running out of reasons not to do it; that is, if Sonex Aircraft has
anything to say about it.
The Oshkosh, WI-based manufacturer recently announced new
sub-kits for its popular Sonex and Waiex airframes, giving
potential builders the option of completing subassemblies as time
and budgets allow, without the need for financing.
"Sonex has received requests for Sonex and Waiex Sub-Kit
building options since we started offering a complete kit in 2001,"
said Sonex General Manager and CEO Jeremy Monnett. "Many customers
expressed an interest in spreading their aircraft construction
costs out over time, particularly as financing has become more
challenging. These new Sub-Kits are designed to satisfy that demand
by allowing customers to pay as they go. As Sonex has continued to
expand, so has our ability to offer market-driven options like
While Sonex acknowledges sub-kits are a more expensive option
for builders in the long run -- its complete airframe kit saves
builders money when talking about incentives, and one-time shipping
costs -- the company still thinks its sub-kits will prove to be
very popular with cost-conscious builders. Of course,
"scratch-build" options will remain available for builders who have
much more time than money, or the desire to fabricate everything on
"These options continue to fuel the strong growth of the Sonex
Aircraft family of products, which unquestionably offer the best
performance per dollar in the recreational aircraft market today,"
Monnett said. "Sonex is pleased to see that, despite the
challenging global economic landscape, potential aircraft builders
are determined as-ever to pursue their dreams of flight."