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Dr. Pete's Xenos Build

Builder:
Peter Dailey
Location:
Charleston, WV - USA
Aircraft:
Sonex Aircraft, LLC - Xenos-B
Manufacturer:   
http://www.sonexaircraft.com/
Engine:
AeroConversions - AeroVee 2.1 Turbo
Prop:
Sensenich
Total Build Time:
935 Hours

You've landed on Dr Pete's site detailing the build of a Sonex Xenos model B motorglider.

My Background


My interest in gliders began around age 10 when my father took me to Harris Hill, NY overlooking the Schweizer factory in Horseheads. I went for ride, got a bit of 'dual' and helped push the gliders into tow position. My father developed his fascination with flying on Harris Hill many years before. My father's flying ambitions culminated at the Illinois ANGs in F84F's.

The desire to build a motorglider flew by for the first time in 1985. In 1983 I earned a SEL ticket while working as an engineer for the Atlas Powder Company (an explosives manufacturer). Atlas moved me to the Powder River Basin in Gillette, Wyoming in 1983. While driving north on I-25 from Denver happened to pass by the Waverly West Soaring Ranch near Fort Collins. Checked it out, became friends with Ancil Croskell, proprietor and CFI who taught me to discover thermals by using as many senses as possible. The smell of a Colorado feed lot meant lift is nearby! Weekends I'd rent a C152 in GCC and fly down to what is now 4CO2. Great fun. The WWSR 'logo tee shirt' was an STS Orbiter on tow from a SuperCub.

When the thermals ran out, over beers and tacos we would talk soaring and I became aware of John Monnett, his v-tailed sailplane, and his single-place motorglider designs. I really liked John's Moni motorglider and bought a set of study plans, #00285. A Moni hangs in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

The Project

Time and life passed and have provided the opportunity to recapture my late twenties. The present project is another John Monnett design-a Xenos-B model Motorglider from Sonex Aircraft, LLCThe project starting point rehabilitates an old hangar at WV12. Many project hours are logged to preparing the hangar space. The motorglider is a Quick Build kit, so a great majority of the 49% portion of the 51% rule has been built at the Sonex Aircraft facility in Oshkosh, WI. The kit plans number is XNB-0010, with FAA registration N25XB.

Recent Activity
 Date Hours Work Log Summary Details
 05-13-2018
4.5
Initial Fence Baffle System Installation
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 05-13-2018
0.4
Cut Replacement Left Side
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 05-12-2018
1.0
Secondary Trigger Orientation
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 05-12-2018
3.5
Install Seatbelt And Inertial Real
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 05-08-2018
0.5
Subpanel Braces
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 05-08-2018
0.3
Prop Lug Installation
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 05-08-2018
0.4
Fitup Prop And Crush Plate/spinner
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 05-08-2018
3.0
Countersink And Airspeed Cutout
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 05-07-2018
3.5
Panel Attachment
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 04-29-2018
0.8
Set Drain Line
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