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2022 One Week Wonder Makes First Flight
This year’s completed One Week Wonder had a successful first flight at Wittman Regional Airport on Thursday morning, August 18. Joe Norris, EAA Lifetime 113615, was at the controls of the Sonex Waiex-B on a beautiful sunny day.
The One Week Wonder project began as a kit on Monday morning of AirVenture Oshkosh 2022, July 25, and ended on Sunday, July 31, with the aircraft’s first official taxi during the air show.
EAA Director, Chapters & Homebuilt Community Manager Charlie Becker reports that more than 2,200 people stopped by the booth to pull a rivet.
What makes this Waiex-B unique is that it is the first to incorporate a factory-designed installation of a Rotax 912iS engine.
The aircraft will also feature a custom paint scheme courtesy of the “Pick The Paint” contest presented by The Sherwin-Williams Company and supported by Scheme Designers Inc. Voters had 10 options to pick from, created by Craig Barnett, CEO of Scheme Designers Inc. After more than 5,000 votes, an American flag-based design was the winner.
More test flights are on the horizon as the aircraft certification process continues. Once certified, the One Week Wonder will be flown by EAA to chapter events and other activities throughout the country.
The 2022 One Week Wonder project was presented by Sonex Aircraft and Rotax Aircraft Engines, and supported by AeroLEDs, Aircraft Specialty Flightlines, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Crow Safety Gear, David Clark, earthX, Flightline Interiors, FlyONSPEED, MGL Avionics, Midwest Panel Builders, Sandia Aerospace, Scheme Designers, Sensenich, Sherwin-Williams, Toucan Exhaust, True Blue Power, uAvionix, and WB Parts Express.