WORLD RECORD PLANE - SONERAI SPECIAL VH-SGS

Owner, builder, pilot - Robin Austin                                           www.worldrecordplane.com   

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***  NEW TAB ADDED DEC 2022  -  NEW PROJECT VH-SRS  ***


 

 

 

 

New Project VH-SRS


 

 

SGS was sold in late 2010. As of Dec 2022 ownership remains with the same purchaser in Queensland, Australia.


Over the following decade a new evolutionary project plane was conceived, designed, engineered, constructed, flown and further refined.

 

This new aircraft SRS is larger (substantially larger inside) than SGS, and is re-engineered for piloting from the front seat, essentially for optimised pilot visibility.

 

The pilot and PAX accomodation was sized around the left half of a VANS RV10 and a compact efficient 2 seat airframe (modelled around SGS but with further enhanced payload, rollover and crashworthiness protection) designed around these dimensions.

 

SRS lives in its own custom, enclosed, airconditioned trailer and is trailered to the airfield for each flight thus no hangarage is required. It features (genuinely quick) one person loading, unloading and folding wings and is located at home for convenient ongoing development, maintenance and general enjoyment of ownership.

 

Despite it's larger size, increased strength and general utility, and being powered by an identical standard Rotax 912ULS motor, due to ongoing learnings, attention to detail and further refinements it is actually faster than the older record breaking SGS aircraft.

 

Although unashamedly derived from "Sonerai's heritage" SRS has diverged sufficiently that it was appropriately re-badged as a "SERA 172", an acronym for

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S(onerai)   E(volution R(obin)    A(ustin)     172 (knots cruise speed).


 

Since this new project has now reached a reasonably mature phase, I'll soon publish more detailed information.

 

For now, here are a few pics.... 


(** noting the temporary decals are a couple of years old and reflect the cruise speed at the time) 

    

 

 

           SRS at Heckfield QLD Australia     

 

 

 

           SRS's airconditioned home, ground transportation and workshop