Because there is no Type Certificate available for the Sub Sonex, pilots will need a Letter of Authorization (LOA) from the FAA that is specific to the aircraft.Working commercial pilots operating jet or turboprop aircraft can easily qualify for the LOA.The Sub Sonex Personal Jet concept was first unveiled at Air Venture in 2009.After successful pairing with the PBS TJ-100 engine, the Sub Sonex JSX-1 prototype achieved first flight in August 2011 and completed a successful flight test program in 2012.The Sub Sonex Ultra-Quick Build Kit is intended for flight under Experimental Exhibition category rules.Without the "51 percent rule" restrictions associated with Experimental/Amateur-Built airworthiness certification, the Sub Sonex will ship with a pre-assembled fuselage, wings, tail and control surfaces with canopy and windshield installed.
For those desiring an Experimental Amateur Built kit, an EAB Quick Build Kit is also offered.
The choice of whether or not the customer wishes to hire a professional builder or shop to complete the aircraft will typically be the deciding factor. EAB Summary has been prepared to help Sub Sonex customers make their decision.
For customers outside the US, the certification requirements of amateur-built aircraft as opposed to experimental exhibition aircraft may be a deciding factor. Like our regular Quick Build Kits, Sub Sonex Ultra-Quick Build Kits shipping to most areas of the lower 48 United States ship via specialized transport, and do not need crating.
The Sub Sonex customer will install the easily removable outboard wing panels, engine and fuel system, bolt-in the retractable landing gear, install avionics, electrical systems and controls, install the pre-molded fiberglass components and upholstery (sold separately), and add paint.
Under Experimental Exhibition category regulations, Sub Sonex customers will also have the freedom to take advantage of builder assist centers or aircraft finishing services to do the work for them!