Sonex Aircraft Pleased With
Kit Evaluation Team Practice
On October 20-22 Sonex Aircraft LLC hosted nine members of the newly formed FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) for a practice evaluation
of its Sonex Aircraft Complete Kit, which was selected
as the first in a series of experimental amateur-built aircraft kits evaluated under the new Amateur-Built Orders
and Advisory Circular.
Although the Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos Aircraft Kits
are grandfathered into the FAA Approved Kit list under
the previous kit evaluation system, Sonex Aircraft offered
to participate in this evaluation exercise to continue its
role in the formation and refinement of the rules governing experimental amateur-built aircraft construction.
“We want to state with absolute certainty that all Sonex,
Waiex, and Xenos Aircraft Kits will remain safely in the
51 percent experimental amateur-built kit category for
builders using all available components and upgrades
from Sonex Aircraft LLC,” Monnett added.
The practice evaluation helped prepare the NKET for
all future kit evaluations, now that the temporary moratorium on new kit evaluations has been lifted. See photos
and learn more at www.EAA.org/news/SonexNKET.
RANS Introduces Coyote
S-6ELS; Names S-19 Venterra
RANS Aircraft has introduced its Coyote S-6ELS. Based on the company’s S-6ES, the new S-6ELS is available in either tricycle or tailwheel configurations, with
the Rotax 80-hp engine. The plane has a useful load of 550
pounds, 95-knot cruising speed, and an easy entry cabin.
RANS has also named its S-19 Venterra. After many
flights into controlled airspace with many requests by air
traffic controllers (ATC), RANS gave the S-19 its name. “We
like the sound of Venterra over the radio; it’s easy to say
and should satisfy ATC,” said Randy Schlitter, RANS CEO.
Learn more at www.RANS.com.
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