|Headquarters||Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States|
|John Monnett (founder)|
Jeremy Monnett (CEO until his death in 2015 )
Number of employees
Sonex Aircraft, LLC is an American kit aircraft manufacturer located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, producing kits for four all-metal homebuilt monoplanes. The company was founded in 1998 by John Monnett, who has designed the Monnett Sonerai sport aircraft series, Monnett Monerai sailplane, Monnett Moni motorglider, and Monnett Monex racer. Monnett designs are displayed in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum near Washington D.C.
In June 2018, John Monnett announced that he will retire and sell the company.
In 2013, the FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) approved fast-build "51% rule" versions of the Sonex, Waiex, and Onex.
In December 2019 the John Monnett-designed Sonerai was acquired by Sonex Aircraft.
|Model name||First flight||Number built||Type|
|Sonerai||1971||family of single and two-seat aircraft|
|Sonex||2000 (customer built)||500 by 2014||the original aircraft design, incorporating a low-wing design, seats two, and has a fast build time.|
|Waiex||almost identical to the Sonex, but features a Y-tail.|
|Xenos||2003||a motor-glider development of the Waiex with longer wings and the same engine selection as the other two Sonex models.|
|Onex||2011||a single seat aircraft with similar construction to a Sonex that will feature folding wings that allow the aircraft to be stored in a standard garage.|
|ESA||the Electric Sport Aircraft is a modified Xenos.|
|SubSonex JSX-1||Single seat, single engine jet protype|
|SubSonex JSX-2||2011||Single seat, single engine jet|
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