Progress Continues on the AeroVee Turbo:
A turbocharged version of the popular AeroVee Engine Kit is a
In late 2012, a new 'Universal' turbo intake manifold and exhaust were developed, which allows the turbo to be installed in all Sonex Aircraft configurations. Early in 2013, Sonex developed and installed a new engine test cell in the
The move to the engine test cell has allowed the R&D team to accomplish many experiments in a short period of time, collecting more reliable metrics. Examples of these experiments include different levels of boost, oil inlet and exit restrictors, and gravity feed vs. secondary pump oil systems while monitoring and recording engine CHT's, EGT's, and oil temperatures and pressures. The Hornets' Nest R&D team is particularly encouraged by cylinder head and oil temperatures in this system. 'We estimate that we've run more than 50 individual experiments in the last 2 months alone by changing one or more component in the system,' commented
As-is the case with any research and development project, a timeline for the AeroVee Turbo's release is impossible to accurately estimate, however, the project has gained considerable momentum via the use of the test cell, and the encouraging results gleaned from these tests. Customers may continue to watch for further updates on the AeroVee Turbo project at: http://www.sonexaircraft.com/research/aeroveeturbo.html
Sonex Aircraft Celebrates 15th Anniversary in 2013:
2013 is another landmark year for Sonex Aircraft staff, owners, builders, pilots and enthusiasts as it marks the 15th anniversary of the Sonex design and the founding of
.Evolution and growth of Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kits & Sub-Kits, kit upgrades and options.
.Establishment of the AeroConversions product line in 2001 with AeroInjector (then AeroCarb) and AeroVee engine flagship products, and the introduction of many more AeroConversions products and accessories in the years since.
.Introduction of two new designs in 2003: the Waiex sport aircraft and
.Introduction of the
.Commitment to the development of green technologies for the future of our sport with the Sonex and AeroConversions E-Flight Initiative, achieving first flight using electric power in 2010.
.Development of the SubSonex Personal Jet.
.Nearly 450 Sonex Aircraft completed and flown in the worldwide fleet thus far, 250 of which were reported in the last 5 years alone.
.Sale of over 1,900 Sonex Aircraft plans and kits since 1998.
.Hosting of 54 Sonex Builder Workshops since 1998.
.The growth of numerous grass-roots Sonex Builder Events around the globe that attract hundreds of current and prospective builders to learn more about our products and enjoy the camaraderie of their peers.
.Leadership efforts with EAA and
.Leadership within the homebuilt aircraft industry leading to the establishment of the
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