August 1, 2013 AT 3:00 am

DIY Jet

DIY Jet

DIY Personal Jet Clocks In at 200 MPH and a Cool $125K

The jet started as a pet project of Sonex founder John Monett who’s always wanted a personal jet. This thing is tiny, with a wingspan of just 18 feet and a maximum weight of 900 pounds. The itty-bitty jet engine produces 257 pounds of thrust.

Sonex is offering the SubSonex JSX-2 as a “ultra-quick build kit” with many major assemblies already completed. To comply with a Federal Aviation Administration rule requiring the owner to build at least 51 percent of a homebuilt airplane, the buyer will install the engine, fuel system, retractable landing gear, avionics and interior.

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  1. This isn’t the first DIY jet plane. Years ago Jim Bede designed the BD-5 single seater sport plane. The original version of this was powered by a converted auto engine with a pusher prop, but it was underpowered. Later it was converted into a jet (http://www.bd-micro.com/) powered by an APU jet engine used to start 747′s. This aircraft has performed at many airshows and was featured in the James Bond movie “Octopussy”.

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