Sonex Aircraft, LLC announced today that Kit Reservation Deposits are now being accepted for the SubSonex Personal Jet. A $10,000 refundable deposit will allow SubSonex customers to receive position numbers for the first kit deliveries, anticipated to commence mid-year, 2014. Sonex also announced that an introductory price of $125,000 will be guaranteed for the first ten Kit Reservation Deposit holders, which includes the SubSonex Ultra-Quick Build Kit and the PBS TJ-100 turbojet engine with installation accessories.
The announcement came at a briefing for prospective SubSonex customers and members of the media as part of the company's 10th annual Sonex Aircraft Open House and Homecoming Fly-In, an event held at Sonex factory headquarters on Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, that kicks-off the week's events at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.
"The SubSonex extends the Sonex Aircraft 'Reality Check' philosophy to become the first truly practical and affordable personal jet for recreational flying," remarks Sonex Aircraft Founder & President, and SubSonex designer John Monnett. "The first benchmark on the SubSonex 'reality checklist' is the fact that the aircraft is becoming a reality for our customers in the very near-term as an Ultra-Quick Build Kit, complete with engine, that leaves only the most minor items for the customer to source, and the most basic of construction tasks to complete. This will be a fully-realized kit jet product from the very first delivery."
The SubSonex Ultra-Quick Build Kit is intended for flight under Experimental Exhibition category rules. Without the "51 percent rule" restrictions associated with Experimental/Amateur-Built airworthiness certification, the SubSonex will ship with a pre-assembled fuselage, wings, tail and control surfaces with canopy and windshield installed. The SubSonex customer will install the easily removable outboard wing panels, engine and fuel system, bolt-in the retractable landing gear, install avionics, electrical systems and controls, install the supplied BRS full-aircraft recovery parachute system, pre-molded fiberglass components and upholstery, and add paint.
Under Experimental Exhibition category regulations, SubSonex customers will also have the freedom to take advantage of builder assist centers or aircraft finishing services to do the work for them.
"Experimental airworthiness certification under the Exhibition category is perfectly-suited to the mission of an aircraft like the SubSonex," continued Monnett. "There is no 'proficiency flight area' required for aircraft in this group of the exhibition rules, and this is an aircraft that you'll certainly want to show-off at organized events. You can either fly the aircraft cross-country to an event, or utilize the SubSonex's easily removable outboard wing panels to transport the aircraft in a compact trailer. Pilots used to flying warbirds, competition aerobatic planes, sailplanes or other specialized aircraft are well-versed when it comes to working within the operational restrictions for exhibition aircraft, and the kit construction freedoms afforded to aircraft in this category is a perfect fit for the desires of the likely SubSonex Personal Jet customer."
Working commercial pilots operating jet or turboprop aircraft can easily qualify for the FAA Letter of Authorization (LOA) required to fly the Subsonex, and small aircraft currency can be provided, if needed, via Sonex Aircraft's T-Flight Transition Training Program. Pilots without previous jet experience can also qualify after obtaining the appropriate training, and all prospective SubSonex customers are invited to contact Sonex Aircraft representatives to discuss their flight qualifications.
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