Sonex Flies Single-Seat Jet

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Sonex Aircraft flew its JSX-2 single-seat single-engine jet for the first time, last Thursday, the company announced on Monday. The jet was subsequently flown several more times and proved "fast and smooth," according to test pilot Bob Carlton. Carlton said he practiced stalls in the jet and flew at speeds above 200 mph. The company plans to exhibit the airplane, with afternoon flight demos, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, coming up the end of this month. Production will start this year, the company said, with deliveries to start next year, at a price of $135,000. The airplane will be sold as quick-build kit.

The JSX-2 is powered by the PBS TJ-100 engine, which produces about 250 pounds of thrust, the company said. The aircraft features retractable landing gear, a BRS full-aircraft parachute, and removable wings. It has a range of about 400 miles.