Hello welcome to my website my name is Ron Sipple and I'm building a airplane (Sonex) in my garage. Click on the photos below for more information.
This site helps me keep track and document the airplane construction build. I'll also try and post more frequent updated on twitter.
My dream of flying came true on July 1, 2011 when passed my check ride. I'm shaking hands with the FAA examiner Ron Albertson and next to me is my good friend and flight instructor Steve Swab.
The Sonex I'm building is two seat (side by side) all aluminum design. The configuration I choose is the conventional gear (tail wheel), 120hp engine and dual controls.
The Sonex Aircraft Company has several diffrent kit styles to choose from. http://www.sonexaircraft.com/
Sonex - Two seat side by side all aluminum design - example photos below
Waiex - Same as a Sonex but with a V tail - Looks very cool.
Xenos - A Waiex with really long wings which makes it a motoglider
Onex - A single seat rocket with folding wings.
SubSonex - A jet powered airplane which can be built in your garage.
ESA - Electric powered Sonex - still in development
I choose the Sonex for 3 major reasons.
Safety - There a lot of Sonex aircraft currently built and flying with a very good safety record
Cost - The total cost of my airplane will be less than a new truck.
Support - Sonex has great support plus there's a few Sonex builders in the KC area. They are such a huge help. EAA 868 Chapter.
The thing that pushed me over the edge was a ride in my friend Bob Mika's Sonex (picture below). These planes are pure joy to fly. It's hard to explain.
If you don't know anything about building an airplane like me, a good place to start is the Sonex 2 day workshop in Oshkosh WI. It's a 2 day drink from the fire hose session on how to build a Sonex. I highly recommend it. An added benefit is a huge discount on the airplane kit when ordered during the workshop which I did. The bundled of joy arrived on 4/19/13. A few friends help me unload the kit which is around 700lb which is in several boxes so it was pretty easy to unload. I was so excited and forgot to take pictures of the guys.
The construction will occur over several phases.
Tail Section - Includes the Horizontal Stabilizer/Elevator & Vertical Stabilizer/Rudder - Completed
Wings - Included Flap, Ailerons, Left and Right Wings - Under construction
Fuselage - Not started
Landing Gear- Not started
Engine & Prop- Not started
Instruments- Not started
The tail or empennage is comprised of 5 major parts.
Horizontal Stabilizer - Completed 09-2013
Elevator - Completed 07-2013
Vertical Stabilizer -Almost completed. The fiberglass tip needs some trim work however it's too cold to work on fiberglass right now.
Rudder - Completed 12-2013
Horizontal Stabilizer & Elevator
Here's a collection of pictures from the horizontal stabilizer and elevator. Both are part of the tail section.
Vertical Stabilizer & Rudder
After completing the horizontal stabilizer I started on the vertical stabilizer and rudder. They all connect together to form the tail section of the plane.
The major parts of the wings are;
Main Spar - I purchased the completed spar from Sonex.
Flap - All cut and ribs fitted ready for the rivets 02-2014. Going to polish before riverting.
Aileron - Currently drilling and fitting ribs. 03-2014
Left and Right Wing ribs and skin - I'll start on the wings after completed the flaps and ailerons.
Connect flaps and ailerons to wings - Install wings to fuselage - Happens after fuselage is completed.
Flaps & Ailerons
Pictures of the flaps and ailerons.
Left & Right Wings
I'll start on the fuselage when the wings are completed.
Not started yet.
Engine & Prop
I'm going with the Jabiru 3300.
I'm an amateur airplane and website builder so any feedback would be highly appreciated. Thanks!