SonexFlight is a monthly podcast where we talk all things related to the Sonex line of kit-build aircraft. Each show we interview a different Sonex builder or pilot and discuss technical topics, tips and tricks, flying adventures, news and current events.



Episode 3 - "AeroVee Turbo"

September 2016

In Episode 3 we discuss the AeroVee Turbo engine option for the Sonex. We speak with Mike Farley and Carl Benda, two highly-experienced Turbo owners, detailing the Turbo package itself, the modifications to your Sonex to add a Turbo to an already-flying AeroVee-powered Sonex, and performance of the Turbo (Spoiler - it Rocks!). We also review current news, Forum discussions and more.


Carl Benda: pilot of Sonex 48. Carl is an A&P mechanic, and a long-time VW engine operator. He flies a conventional gear Sonex powered by an AeroVee Turbo. Carl flies his Sonex and Cessna 175 from his home airport in Colorado with a field elevation more than 7000 ft MSL.

Mike Farley: builder and pilot of Waiex 56, based in central Ohio. Mike is a CFI and professional pilot, and serves as Vice President of the “Sonex Builders and Pilots Foundation”. He was an early-adopter of the Turbo and has produced several YouTube videos of flying his turbo. Mike is probably one of the most experienced AeroVee Turbo pilots outside of the factory personnel.

Download Episode 3 (mp3)


Show Notes

Press Release: SubSonex Featured in EAA Experimenter Magazine

Video: Sonex B-Model test flight video posted

Youtube Video Discussion Thread: High Altitude Performance Discussion Thread: Converting a Taildragger to Tri Gear Discussion Thread: Instructions on hooking up RPM Sender

Video: Flying the AeroVee Turbo by Mike Farley

Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation


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