Phoenix Sonic 25 - The new one is a Great Little plane
I highly recommend the new Phoenix Sonic 25 low wing model. If anyone is looking for a home for a 40 size engine in a good flying sport model this new Sonic 25 low wing is a terrific little plane.
I have not had the previous model but the new GP/EP model is a little different than the description on Towers. It is now designed as a 2 piece wing with dual servos so note it requires 5 servos total for GP... at 52" I leave mine attached but can be taken apart for traveling if desired - it is a little tight for big fingers to get at wing screws but can be done, the motor mount is adjustable so I was able to test fit a OS 4OLA and a GP-42 - both fit fine without any modification or extra work as I have read was necessary with he previous model. The EP mount was also included. The 42 wasn't broken in yet so I tried out a 40 I had just laying around on the workbench and WOW what a surprise. Friends at the field asked "what do you have in that plane and when I told them it was a 40LA they couldn't believe it. At approx 4 lbs the 40 is more than adequate compared to the usual 5-6 lb trainers you usually find them in.
With the 40LA & 10x6 (baffle removed) the Sonic takes off in just a few feet in a very steep climb, great vertical, axial rolls, loves inverted and flies fairly fast compared to many of the sport planes in the sky at our field. I'm sure with a GP-42 or a hot little 40 it would be a screamer.
While not finished as nice as some of the other Phoenix models I have (Decathlon, Tucano and Extra) it is still well built. The hardware was good, build quick (no wing to glue), it's a good looking plane IMHO looks like a Tiger 2 (note covering is just sticky paper USE ONLY Alcohol for clean up - acetone will remove coloring), servo/radio compartment big and easy to move around to get best CG without extra weight, gear is strong, ground handling smooth and precise, easy to see in sky, a good flier, lands gently like a trainer - all in all a great sport flyer and good home for that old left over trainer 40 engine. Specs seem to be very similar to the Escapade but lighter build and a lb. less. After over a dozen flights over last 2 weekends everything is still like new. For $89 at Tower I give it a thumbs up