2014 Mile High Fly-In

 
  What a success!

We had a great turnout and event for the first annual Sonex Mile High Fly-In! The weather cooperated (for the most part) and temperatures and winds were mild all day. A total of 4 aircraft were present. John Lingwall had his 3300-powered Purple and Silver taildragger. John Gillis brought over his red and yellow 3300-powered Waiex taildragger. Dave Dooley and his wife flew their beautiful 3300 powered Xenos from Erie, CO, braving morning fog and turbulence to get out of their home airport and on their way to the event. And I pulled my Sonex out from the hangar and onto the ramp.

Approximately 20 people drove in for the event, including at least 5 or 6 active builders and many other interested potential builders. Builders had plenty of time to look each airplane over and pilots answer thousands of questions along the way! It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas and information. Ron Sipple from the Kansas City crew got honors as the furthest traveled to attend. He's making good progress on his kit and reported that he was hard at work starting his wings as soon as he got home!

Dave Dooley's gorgeous Xenos was a big hit with the group, and I lost count of how many people said they wished they were building a long-winger instead! If larger hangars were more common, I think there'd be many more Xenos's flying in Colorado! Dave gave a short talk on his experience building and flying the Xenos. He said building it was no more challenging than a Sonex, but there was just more of it! He clearly enjoys flying his motor-glider.

John Gillis talked through the process of converting his tri-gear Waiex to a taildragger. He described flying a tri-gear as "Stupid Simple!", but said that he just wanted a tail dragger, and was happy he did it. John also described his cowling modifications (horizontal split and larger air exits) and his Tracy O'Brien brakes conversion.

I finished off the presentations with a discussion on Jabiru FWF installation tips and considerations. Everyone has their favorite way of doing things, and I showed mine. I tried to describe why I did the things I did, and be very clear on the areas I deviated from the plans and the reasoning behind my mods.

We wrapped up the day with a BBQ lunch and hangar talk session, and all three visiting airplanes departed around noon to beat the building clouds in case they turned nasty. Overall we had a fantastic event, and look forward to building on our success next year. I hope to see you all in 2015!

 


 

Original Announcement

  Announcing the 1st Annual "Sonex Mile-High Fly-In"! (May 17, Colorado Springs, CO)

Fellow Sonex Builders, Pilots and Friends,
I'm pleased to announce the first-annual "Sonex Mile-High Fly-In"! Please come join builders and pilots from all across Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region for an afternoon of camaraderie and information sharing.

The event will be held May 17, 2014 near Colorado Springs, CO, at Springs East Airport (A50, or more recently CO49). Fly-in's and Drive-in are welcome! Arrivals will start around 8:00 am, and the programs at 10:00am. We'll have drinks and snacks available all day, and we'll fire up the BBQ for lunch with burgers and dogs.

The presentations will be informal and interactive, allowing current builders and pilots the chance to pass along what they've learned to others. Some of the topics may include "Building a Xenos", "Converting Tri-gear to Taildragger", "Jabiru FWF Installation Tips" and a review of the plans and building process.
Several of our local pilots plan to give "Sonex Smile Rides" as a way to show off the attraction of a Sonex and to hook future builders!

Springs East Airport is situated south of Denver's airspace at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It's easy to get in and out, and makes a great destination. If you plan to stay overnight, accommodations are close by and dry camping is available on the field.

Come out and support the Colorado Sonex Mile-High Club and make some new friends in the process! I look forward to a great turnout.

For more information, questions or to RSVP, please contact me at jeff@sonex604.com

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Updated: 19 May 14