The number one prototype of Sonex Aircraft’s new Onex single-place, folding-wing kit aircraft made its first flight Jan. 27 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Piloted by Sonex General Manager, CEO, and Onex designer Jeremy Monnett, the AeroVee-powered N111NX made an extensive flight orbiting the field.
“The airplane is sweet,” commented Jeremy Monnett upon landing. “It feels great!”
“First flight of the Onex marks the beginning of our flight test program for this innovative new design,” he continued. “A design that virtually everyone in the community of current and prospective Sonex Aircraft builders is very excited about. This folding-wing, aerobatic, sport pilot aircraft offers enhanced freedom and affordability, continuing the Sonex tradition of lowering the cost barriers to flying.”
Next steps in the development of the Onex include a complete and thorough flight testing program to explore the full performance envelope and flight characteristics of the aircraft, along with completion, first flight, and testing of Onex prototype number two: a tricycle gear version.
More information about the Onex can be obtained by watching an upcoming webinar to be hosted by EAA and presented by Jeremy Monnett on Feb. 2 at 7 pm central time. Additionally, more Onex progress updates will continue to be posted to the Hornets’ Nest Research and Development website as flight testing continues.