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Dave's Waiex

Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:20 pm
by oshpilot
Good to see you this weekend Dave. Was this your first non-July Oshkosh visit? Hope the weekend was informative and productive! Welcome to the Sonex family!

Re: Dave's Waiex

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:23 pm
by champguy
Good choice and congratulations.
Quickbuild kits keep projects manageable and quality high.
Enjoy the build!

Re: Dave's Waiex

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:36 pm
by mike.smith

Welcome to the Sonex family! I scratch-built a Sonex that I've been flying for two years now. Normally aspirated AeroVee. I flew it out to Airventure last year, from here in Massachusetts. You have probably found a number of helpful web sites, but just in case I'll throw a bunch of links at you.

My Kitlog site:
My trip to OSH: ... n=websites

Aaron Knight videos: ... n=websites

Aerovee Turbo: ... wqfzlW_rxZ

Michael Smith
Maynard, MA
(but I went to Kansas State University)

Re: Dave's Waiex

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:43 am
by Jeb
We do need some pix though...


Re: Dave's Waiex

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:24 am
by Dave Higdon
Thanks, everybody! Sorry for the delay in seeing these....been a little swamped getting my decks cleared to go to Sun 'n Fun...


Feels like I've been adopted by a big new family....and it feels good. Oshpilot, good to meet you and hope to see you again come July -- or at Lakeland if you happen to be headed south next week.

ChampGuy, could not agree more; and given my sluggish start, I'm doubly glad I went for the quick-build.

And Mike, thanks for all the links; already signed up with the Sonex Foundation folks and they've been great; the workshop at the factory last month was very helpful and it was good to meet other builders and potential builders.

But the highlight for me was seeing my old friends at Sonex....Mark, Kerry, Heather, John and Betty, of course....*and* getting my first dual instruction in the Waiex prototype....reminded me that I've got some rust to remove -- and confirmed everything I'd heard and read about flying the little bird. The positive, direct response of the tailwheel steering, the control harmony, and the performance. In short, the airplane was better than I was, and my plan is to return for the full boat of Transition Training Sonex offers....hope to do it as close to first flight as possible. And to fly with my old friend, Joe Norris...Joe was <ahem> absent with leave during the workshop, and the only one of the gang I didn't get to visit with on that trip. But, expect to see them again in Lakeland in a little over a week....

As for pictures...when my progress is enough to have something to show, you betcha....

Thanks, all!


Re: Dave's Waiex

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:27 am
by Dave Higdon last thing...Wayne, the workshop last month was not my first trip to OSH outside the annual fly-in...went there for the first Ultralight Fly-In back in the fall of 1982 -- when I visited John Monett's old company factory to look at the Moni kit -- and again a year or two later for a conference...but it still felt odd, flying in that airspace, being on the airport, without the swarms of traffic the fly-in creates....

Be looking for you...


Re: Dave's Waiex

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:23 am
by mike.smith
And some other fun things you can do in a Sonex...

Re: Dave's Waiex

Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:56 am
by Dave Higdon
Nice flying, Mike....helps to keep me motivated, seeing Sonex fun flying like you're doing in that video....Thanks!

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