Minden-Tahoe Airport to host World War II aircraft

Wings of Freedom Plane

MINDEN, Nevada — The Wings of Freedom Tour, honoring World War II veterans, including the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” and P-51 Mustang fighter will arrive at Minden-Tahoe Airport at noon on June 2 and will be on display until noon on June 4.

Ground tours and display hours will be held from 12- 5 p.m. on Monday, June 2; 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3; and from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4.

Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out. World War II Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. The regular price for tours is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. Discounted rates for school groups are also offered.

Visitors also can experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a 30-minute flight aboard either the B-17 or B-24 for $450 per person. The P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924

The Nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour is celebrating its 25th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually.

For more information about the tour stop at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, e-mail Chris Johnson, Airport Operations Supervisor at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, at cjohnson@co.douglas.nv.us or call 775-782-9871.

The tour is organized by the Collings Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” allowing people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation.

Sonex gears up for June 7-8 Workshop Seminar


OSHKOSH, Wis. — Sonex Aircraft is preparing for a busy summer in 2014. The season will kick off at the June 7-8 Sonex Builders Workshop event, the 57th seminar since the company’s founding in 1998.

Workshops give current and prospective builders a hands-on opportunity to gain metal aircraft construction skills specific to the Sonex Aircraft product line, while learning the ins and outs of all other aspects of building, flying and maintaining a Sonex Aircraft, all at Sonex company headquarters in Oshkosh, Wis.

Attendees also get a chance to take advantage of Basic Aircraft
Familiarization Flights in the factory fleet of aircraft via the Sonex
T-Flight Transition Training program. Space is still available and attendees can save over $1,000 on their Sonex Aircraft kit purchase. More information about Sonex Aircraft Workshops can be found here

Production and deliveries of Sonex Aircraft kits and AeroConversions
products are in full-swing heading into the summer, including a full
calendar of Quick Build Kit deliveries and a large number of AeroVee Engine Kit orders, combined with a full production schedule through year-end 2014 for the SubSonex Personal Jet, company officials report.

In preparation for expanded production schedules for 2014 and beyond, Sonex Aircraft has just completed a 3,600-square-foot addition to its warehouse facility, which increases total warehouse space to nearly 10,000 square feet.

“This warehouse expansion was a critical move to allow production capacity for the next generation of Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions products including the very near-term SubSonex Personal Jet and AeroVee Turbo offerings,” comments Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett. “We’re pleased to be doing our part in contributing to local and national economic growth as we continue to purchase the vast majority of our manufactured products from American companies, most manufactured right here in Wisconsin. We’re proud to be made in the USA.”

Final tasks are being completed in preparation for first flight of the JSX-2 SubSonex Personal Jet production-conforming prototype, anticipated to fly in June, company officials said. Completion of JSX-2 testing will allow production of customer Quick Build units to begin, and some of the first parts for SubSonex customer kits have already arrived at the Sonex warehouse.

More information about the SubSonex Personal Jet can be found here.

The AeroVee Turbo R&D project is also anticipated to be concluded and ready for production by the end of 2014. After more than a year of data collection and refinement in Sonex Aircraft’s engine test cell facility, the AeroVee Turbo has been returned to a flying airplane, with flight tests commencing this week.

This is the second phase of flight test for the AeroVee Turbo project; the first round occurred early in the project, after which the
engine was moved to the test cell. The second flight test phase is aimed at verification of performance and reliability benchmarks achieved in test cell running, and collection of performance numbers for the system including takeoff distance, rate of climb, and cruise at various altitudes.

More information about the AeroVee Turbo can be found here.