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
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.
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."
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.