Woodill, Chapter 132 vice president, counts only a
little more than the minimum number of hours from
start to finish for the conforming model. The highly
detailed manual, which breaks the project up into
logical building blocks, was a major benefit.
Pilots mount the AeroMax like a motorcycle, by
throwing a leg over the center of the fuselage and
settling into the comfortable seat. Feet fit snugly into
the stirrups with toes on the rudder pedals. Fasten
the four-point harness, complete the checklist, and
you’re ready to fly. Be ready for some responsive
handling, courtesy of the full-span ailerons and a
generous tailplane and vertical stabilizer/rudder.
The airframe kit is ready to ship and comes
complete with all wood, fasteners, fabric,
hardware, and trim, including wheelpants and
fairings. It sells for less than $10,000. The engines
cost in the $5,000 range.
Warm weather flying doesn’t get any better than
on a motorcycle of the air.
JDT President John Graber flies the AeroMax prototype with a Hirth engine.
WHY HAVE LOCAL EAA CHAPTERS?
By Amit Ganjoo, EAA 1029710, EAA Chapter 186
BUILDING AN AIRCRAFT has been a
childhood dream of mine that is slowly
and surely coming true for me once I
started my scratchbuilt Sonex project
in January 2011.
Having an engineering background,
and having built a lot of stuff around the
house growing up, the various building
activities that need to be performed are
generally easy to grasp for me. However,
a thorough understanding of the plans
and their practical implementation has
taken me quite some time. Since I am
building this plane from scratch, I spend
most of my time fabricating the parts
that one would typically get with a kit.
In my effort to fabricate the wing
spars, I received immense support
from fellow members of the local EAA
chapter. My technical counselor, Dick
Koehler, volunteered to help me out
since I had no prior experience with
solid riveting. Dick came over with Mike
Hoehne and David Watrous, who are also
chapter members, on two consecutive
Saturdays, and the riveting for both
the spars was wrapped up in less
than 10 hours.
As the rest of the plane requires pull
riveting, which I am used to doing by
myself, the assistance from the chapter
members was of immense value to me.
Needless to say, without their help it would
not have been possible for me to wrap up
this vital structure of the plane in such a
short time without any mistakes.
It is just amazing to see how the EAA
chapter encourages and supports its
members. It is mind-boggling that even at
short notice when I have needed help, the
folks at the chapter have been there. I have
realized that I can count on the people from
the chapter not only for their tools but also
for their guidance and assistance. I hope
that someday another builder can similarly
count on me. Although I am a few years away
from completing the project, the backup
support from my local chapter colleagues is
overwhelming, and I sincerely wish to express
my gratitude to one and all at the chapter.
For a blog about the Sonex build, visit
David Watrous, Brij Ganjoo, Amit Ganjoo, Dick Koehler, and Mike Hoehne