Sonex’s JSX-2T, a two-seat follow on to the solo SubSonex, has been making strong progress toward its live debut at Oshkosh this summer. Over the chilly Wisconsin winter, Sonex will begin constructing a prototype with the aim of having a flying example at the big summer airshow.
According to the company, “Most of the work to-date has been in the form of engineering analysis and detailed modeling of the aircraft in SolidWorks 3D CAD software. Building on the extensive 3D modeling design process of the Sonex, Waiex and Xenos B-Models, SubSonex JSX-2T will be the most extensively modeled design in the Sonex Aircraft product line thus-far.” Following the test flying and performance validation, Sonex will begin kitting the design, which it expects to complete in the third quarter of 2020. Total build cost is estimated as under $140,000 including engine, avionics and interior. Cruise speed is listed at “200+ MPH” and useful load is just under 700 pounds.
On the company’s JSX-2T update page, it continues to reveal details of the side-by-side, single-engine jet. The tail is expected to undergo changes to accommodate the greater loadings of a two-place aircraft, while the wing structure will be different as well. The pneumatic landing-gear retract system will be changed for a system that uses “an electric motor to pressurize a self-encapsulated hydraulic system powering a mechanical actuator. This system retains the powerful, non-compressible benefits hydraulics with none of the plumbing work and potential leakage hassles. Use of a single actuator is planned to reduce the weight, cost and electrical demands of the system vs. utilizing three actuators.” The landing gear will also carry larger wheels. The JSX-2T will carry an additional 10 GAL of Jet A, for 50 total.
For now, the two-seater will continue with the PBS TJ-100 turbojet engine. The Czech engine manufacturer has announced a higher-thrust engine called the TJ-150 but Sonex feels that it’s too early to plan for that, so will rely on the familiar, 293-pound-thrust TJ-100.
A poor man’s Vison Jet! 😉
Yars is salivating all over his bib as we speak, John !! :-))
Too snug for me.
One of the principal attractions of the Vision, is it’s spacious cockpit/cabin. And the air-stair door. Easy on bad knees, too.
Yes, the extra $2.3 million will buy you a few extra amenities. But, I know, you are holding out for the larger engine. 🙂
I I had money and time and space and talent, I’d love to make this thing.
It’s like a BD-5 but with a much better probability of success.
“If I had” Sorry. I wish the site allowed edits.
Anybody else uncomfortable with placing a rocket-propelled balistic parachute adjacent to a tank of Jet-A?