Return of the Wonder!

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Left to right: Cris Nash, Kerry Fores, Kaylyn Smith, Steve Severson, Mark Schaible, Mike Keck, Charlie Becker.

Charlie Becker, EAA Homebuilt Community Manager, announced Saturday morning that the One Week Wonder will return at AirVenture 2022 with the build of a Sonex Waiex aircraft. He made the announcement at the Sonex Aircraft booth, along with Sonex’s Mark Schaible. The One Week Wonder project has, in the past, featured a Zenith Cruzer and a Van’s RV-12, and utilizes hundreds of volunteers to build a complete aircraft in just one week. The Sonex project in 2022 will follow the tradition, with the opening of boxes when the show opens on Monday, and first flight the following weekend.

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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 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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