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banking decades of carbon footprint savings for his latest project,
the SubSonex, a single-seat kit powered by a PBS TJ-100 turbojet
engine.
Sonex completed the two conforming kit prototypes before
EAA AirVenture, and the yellow jet completed its required tests
that earned FAA approval for exhibition fly-bys during the show.
Like all the other Sonex prototypes, it is equipped with MGL
Avionics. All of them are VFR flying machines, and the pistonpowered Sonex line sports the 4.3-inch Extreme EFIS. For the
jets, Monnett installed the 8.5-inch iEFIS Touchscreen Explorer.
With the jet's limited panel space, it just made sense,
according to Monnett. In addition to providing all the necessary
flight, moving-map navigation (using Jeppesen data) and
powerplant information, the touchscreen controls a variety of
remote-mounted components, such as the Sandia transponder
and MGL's V-6 comm radio. Equally important for the prototypes,
the iEFIS downloads all of the flight data to an SD card that plugs
into the instrument's bezel. Available in a spreadsheet format,
this automatically captures essential flight test data and saves
time when crunching the flight test data. And they can display the
flight path on Google Earth.
Another factor in installing MGL equipment is Sonex's
dedication to making flight affordable. The heart of the MGL
system is the remote-mounted iBox, which incorporates a GPS
engine, pitot-static and angle-of-attack sensors, air temperature
probe, and coordinates the communication between all of the
devices connected to it. Using a CAN bus with Mate-N-Lok
(Molex) connectors, the plug-and-play components are connected
in a daisy chain that requires no splices so builders can, if they
choose, install the entire system themselves.
The prototype does not have the SP-6 Compass module
(he relies on the GPS for directional guidance) or the autopilot
servos, but builders can install these plug-and-play components
and up to four video inputs as their needs and desires dictate,
according to Monnett. The SP-7 AHRS is mandatory, and so is
the RDAC (remote data acquisition computer) that monitors the
engine. Designed for piston engines, in the SubSonex the RDAC
provides just three readings: fuel pressure, fuel flow and fuel
quantity. Sonex is working with MGL on the computer code that
will eliminate the RDAC and make the jet's engine controller,
which is part of the CAN network, the source of all necessary
turbine engine indications.
Pilots can customize the iEFIS screens in any number of
ways, according to Monnett, pressing the button that stepped
through them. Each emphasized flight, powerplant and navigation
information that allows the pilot to discern the necessary
information for that phase of flight in a single glance. But like
the rest of the Sonex line, looking outside provides the essential
information and the ultimate sensory pleasure of flight. q

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