|All Sonerai landing gears are made from aircraft 2024-T351 aluminum. All Sonerai models use 5/8" X 6" material. The Sonerai II series has a gear stance of approximately 60 inches. The Sonerai I is less of course. All Sonerai's use 5" wheels with 3/4" axles. 5.00 x 5 tires can be used or smaller go-cart style tires. Regular aircraft wheels such as Cleveland's can be used also, in combination with disc brakes. Most Sonerai's use the 5" go-cart style wheel and mechanical brakes. Landing gear, wheels, tires, tubes, brake sets and axles are all available as individual items, ready made to bolt on to your airframe from Great Plains Aircraft.|
"The Sonerai Cowling"
The two piece cowling, as used on all Sonerai models, is made of fiberglass. It is rigid, strong and light weight. The cowling on the Sonerai is unique among most homebuilts since it extends from the spinner to the instrument panel. When removed, you have access to the forward control stick and instrument panel and most major items requiring maintenance can be EASILY serviced. Removal is simple. There are 8 to 10 attach points used to secure the cowling to the airframe. The two halves are kept together with piano hinges.
"The Sonerai Canopy"
The canopy for the Sonerai I and II are made from 1/8" plexiglass, precision molded and have excellent optics. All canopy's are hinged on one side and swing over the cockpit to open. A safety hinge mechanism isincorporated into the design so the canopy cannot be ripped out of your hand while taxing. In the event of an accident, the canopy can be opened from the outside of the aircraft by a rescue crew.
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"The Sonerai Fuel Systems"
The Sonerai I features an 11 gallon aluminum fuel tank mounted behind the engine in the forward fuselage. Average fuel burn with a 1600cc engine is 3.5 gallons per hour. The fuel tank is constructed so that all the fuel is usable. The fuel filler neck is located at the top of the tank and is accessed through a cover plate in the cowling. An auxiliary tank is not available for the Sonerai I.
The Sonerai II and Sonerai II-S also have an aluminum 10 gallon tank mounted in the forward fuselage area. The Sonerai II can utilize a 6 to 10 gallon auxiliary tank mounted on the floor of the passenger compartment can be used when you are not carrying a passenger. The Sonerai II Stretch can utilize an aft 6 gallon fuselage tank that is permanent. As an option for the Stretch Sonerai, a 6 to 10 gallon aux tank could be mounted in the passenger cockpit in addition to the aft mount auxiliary tank for a total fuel capacity of 24 to 28 gallons.
All the Sonerai's incorporate a simple easy to read fuel sight gauge that is built into the instrument panel. The rear mounted tank used in the Sonerai Il-S has a sight gauge and can gravity feed the fuel to the engine.
"The Sonerai Instrument Panel"
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|The Sonerai's are BASIC VFR AIRCRAFT. The primary instrument panel is located in the passenger cockpit. Recommended basic instruments are: Airspeed Indicator, Altimeter, Tachometer, Oil Pressure, Oil Temperature, Cylinder Head Temperature, Compass, Fuel Sight Gauge. Optional instruments to consider are Turn Coordinator, Vertical Speed Indicator and a Manifold Pressure Gauge. Minimal avionics are suggested: portable radio, GPS, and transponder with encoder, if required.|
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