SubSonex, A DIY Jet Plane That Can Park In Your Garage

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Who says you need a hangar to park a jet plane?   Not Sonex Aircraft, who's busy building the SubSonex, a small, single-passenger DIY jet (yes, a real jet) that can fit in your garage.

The company, which has been making kits for aircraft hobbyists since 1998, is looking at a $60,000 end-consumer price tag for this latest product, which should make it an exciting alternative to picking up another sportscar (seriously, car versus jet sounds like a no-contest).  If that pushes through, it will make the SubSonex the cheapest jet in existence, apart from being able to sit side-by-side with your car inside your home.

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According to Sonex, a small jet has always been on the drawing boards for the company, although producing one has proven to be a more challenging matter.  The SubSonex, however, appears to be the flying machine that will finally do it for them and the pieces are slowly coming together.

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At the moment, they've already settled on an engine, the Czech-made PBS-TJ100, which is a favorite among tinkerers who have been plugging it into small airplanes.  Testing has been relegated to strictly ground operation for now (pending Federal Aviation Administration approval for in-air testing), but they expect it to cruise at over 240 mph and climb at around 2,000 feet per minute.

Obviously, there's still a lot of work to be done before the SubSonex will be ready to show off its neighborhood-friendly wares.   Sonex is targeting the AirVenture aviation show in July to unveil it, with commercial availability by Christmas.

[Sonex Aircraft via Wired]

 

1 Comment

  1. Toby says:

    Do u need pilots licence to fly it or does it fall under the weight limit thing like the flynano propeller driven plane

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