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Volume 9, Number 5 July 31, 2008     

Featured Affordable Flying Center aircraft: Sonerai II
By Dana Heimos

Designed as an inexpensive Volkswagen-powered racer, the Sonerai IIremains a simple, affordable way into the sky thanks to its excellent speed and enviable fuel economy. Photo by Dave Higdon

The Sonerai II, first designed by John Monnet in 1973, is considered one of the most versatile, two-place tandem homebuilt aircraft ever conceived, available as a mid-wing taildragger, a low-wing taildragger, and a low-wing tri-gear.

Fred Keip, builder and owner of the Sonerai II that is parked inside the Affordable Flying Center, completed his plane in 1986 for about $8,500, which he says prorates to about $15,000 today. "I’ve been flying my Sonerai II for 22 years now," Keip said. "The plane has light-sport aircraft characteristics, which is perfect for VFR recreational flying."

Fred’s plans-built Sonerai II is powered by a 2180 CC VW engine and cruises at 135-140 mph while sipping a moderate 4.5 gallons of fuel per hour. "Great Planes Aircraft Supply is a great resource for anyone looking to purchase parts to build their own Sonerai II," Keip said. "Buying each aircraft component separate can save builders a considerable amount of money."

For more information on this airplane, visit the Affordable Flying Center, located in the former NASA Pavilion adjacent to AirVenture’s Honda Forums Plaza and the workshops area (Box #46 on the map). For additional resources on Sonerai II aircraft parts, visit www.greatplainsas.com.

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