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Sonex and Waiex Sport Acro Ailerons available; more Sport Acro "Competiton Mods" to come

Sonex Aircraft, LLC announced this week the availability of Sport Acro Ailerons for Sonex and Waiex aircraft. All new Sonex and Waiex Complete Airframe Kits shipped after February 1, 2008 include "Universal" aileron skin stock that may be trimmed appropriately to fit either traditional or Sport Acro aileron dimensions. Also included are all flap and aileron ribs required to perform either installation, along with all required documentation. Existing customers may purchase from Sonex Aircraft, LLC all parts necessary to retrofit their aircraft with Sport Acro Ailerons.

Sport Acro Ailerons are intended to increase Sonex or Waiex roll rate for added fun and enhanced aerobatic capability. The standard Sonex or Waiex aileron provides a roll rate of approximately 80 degrees per second. Very preliminary test flight video footage has shown that Sport Acro Ailerons provide at least 105 degrees per second of roll at 125 mph.

Sport Acro flight testing will continue to progress with air show and competition aerobatic pilots Bud Judy and Mike Hoy as the Spring flying season approaches. Both Bud and Mike's initial impressions of the Sport Acro are very enthusiastic and the Sonex Aircraft, LLC design team is excited to complete flight testing for Primary and Sportsman-class aerobatic competition maneuvers.

"It has all the roll rate and power needed to fly Sportsman acro!" remarked three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Bud Judy after his first flight of the Sport Acro.

Test flights are being video recorded with on-board cameras and Sonex Aircraft, LLC plans to have video posted to SonexAircraft.com in the coming months. Also to be released in the coming months will be Sport Acro Competition Mods, which are likely to include accessories for enhanced inverted fuel and oil capability for the AeroVee Engine and AeroCarb, single pilot rudder pedals, a center "bucket" seat with increased accommodations for a parachute, and a Sport Acro "Big Stick" for improved aileron control leverage.

First announced in April of 2007, the Sport Acro is a hybrid of features, option selections and minor modifications for the existing Sonex Aircraft design, making it suitable for enhanced aerobatic performance, and offering an affordable entry-level aircraft for Primary and Sportsman class aerobatic competition. The Sport Acro achieves aerobatic competition-class performance on just 80 hp, and the prototype Sport Acro has an AeroConversions AeroVee 2.0 80 hp engine under the cowl. Using an AeroVee engine and requiring a minimum of optional equipment, a pilot can build an aircraft for entry-level aerobatic competition for just under $26,000 complete.

Sonex Aircraft already are exceptional aerobatic machines. With full aerobatic category G-loading of +6 and -3 G's at 950 lbs max aerobatic gross weight (1050 lbs for the Xenos Motorglider) and with an above-average load factor margin built-in, Sonex Aircraft represent some of the most structurally-sound aircraft available in the kit aircraft market today. Many Sonex Aircraft customers enjoy the aerobatic capabilities of their existing aircraft around the world, every day. All models and configurations of Sonex Aircraft are also Sport Pilot eligible, and the Sonex Sport Acro is a Sport Pilot legal competition-class aircraft.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is a rising star in the experimental kit aircraft industry, providing a series of Sport Pilot eligible kit aircraft and producing the AeroConversions line of products which include the AeroVee engine, AeroCarb and ancillary aviation products. Sonex Aircraft's Sonex and Waiex sport planes, and the Xenos sport motorglider offer outstanding performance in an easy to build, easy to fly kit package that can be purchased and completed with full technical support at an unrivaled price. Sonex and AeroConversions product development is committed to providing simple, elegant and low-cost solutions for sport flying. Simply put, Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions products provide the best performance per dollar. Check us out at www.SonexAircraft.com

Press release issued by Sonex Aircraft, LLC on February 15, 2008


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