[UPDATED] Sonex CEO and Employee Remembered After Fatal Crash

  • Jun 3, 2015 12:34pm GMT

UPDATE: 6/5 1100PST The schedule for memorial services for Jeremy Monnett has been revised:

On Sunday, June 7th. Services will be held at the EAA AirVenture Museum Eagle Hangar, with public visitation from 10am to 2pm. A Celebration of Life will take place in the Eagle Hangar from 2-3pm and a reception will take place from 3-4pm in the EAA Founders' Wing, at which light refreshments and horderves will be available.

Information about the EAA AirVenture Museum can be found at: https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-museum

Note: the family will be conducting a private service prior to 10am, therefore, early arrivals are respectfully discouraged.

In-lieu of flowers, the Monnett family will be releasing details of a memorial fund at a later date.

A tragic accident yesterday, June 2nd, took the lives of Sonex 40 year-old CEO, Jeremy Monnett and 20 year-old assembly mechanic Mike Clark at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

According to Mark Schaible, general manager for the Oshkosh-based aircraft kit manufacturer, Monnett came in on his day off to take Mike up in the Sonex Sport Acro. Clark was a relatively new employee and wanted to become more familiar with the aircraft.

The two-seat, piston-engine aircraft came to rest atop a row of Oshkosh, Corp. vehicles parked along their north plant facility. There is speculation about what may have caused the crash, but no official reports have been released.

Words of support have been pouring in from all corners of the aviation industry.

Father of Jeremy Monnett, Sonex Aircraft LLC Founder and President, John Monnett Jr.: “On your eternal flight, take the passengers of love for family, compassion for community, and a passion for aviation. I will follow your course guided by the bright light you leave behind.”

EAA President, Jack Pelton: “A great dad, engineer, community leader, and friend, Words cannot express how heartbreaking this is for me.”

Kitplanes' Editor in Chief, Paul Dye: "Along with the homebuilt community, we mourn the loss of Jeremy, a key figure in the kit airplane movement, and President of the Aircraft Kit Industry Association."

Aviation Photographer, Jim Koepnick: The first thing a person would notice about Jeremy Monnett was his smile. It seemed to always be there. And an enthusiasm for life. And an interest in you and what you were doing. Then came the airplanes. The loss of Jeremy leaves not only a gap in the aviation world, but with so many in the Oshkosh area.

Local Establishment, Ardy & Ed's Drive In: "The Monnett family has been an incredible friend of Ardy & Ed's for so many years, I can't begin to tell you how our heart breaks for all of you this evening. God Bless the Monnett Family, and God Bless all of us."