It Still Wants to Fly!


Moni motorglider

Sitting in the grass outside the Aeroplane Factory, the Moni Motorglider sits just waiting for John Monnett to come back back for a flight. It wants to fly so badly, they have to strap it the ground! “Motorglider?” You ask. “Those wings are only about 13 feet long – how can it be a motorglider?!”

Well, the airplane could be fitted with those short little wings for sport flying. The tiny airplane was a blast to fly, according to Monnett, who has since gone on to design and market many kit aircraft as the head of Sonex Aircraft. With a small engine mounted to the small airframe, it was just the pilot and the sky – the way many envision sport flying to be!

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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