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Dr. Pete's Xenos Build

Builder:
Peter Dailey
Location:
Charleston, WV - USA
Aircraft:
Sonex Aircraft, LLC - Sonex XenosB
Manufacturer:   
http://www.sonexaircraft.com/
Engine:
AeroConversions - AeroVee 2.1 Turbo
Prop:
Sensenich
Total Build Time:
1220 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 an explosives manufacturer. I was moved to the Powder River Basin in 1983, and while driving north on I-25 from Denver happened to pass by the Waverly West Soaring Ranch near Fort Collins. Checked it out, and discovered thermals by using as many senses as possible, including the smell of Colorado feed lots. Weekends I'd rent a C152 in GCC and fly down to what is now 4CO2.

When the thermals ran out, over beers and tacos we would talk soaring and I became aware of John Monnett, his v-tailed sailplane kit Monerai, and the single-place Moni motorglider. I really took to the idea of the Moni and purchased a set of study plans, #00285. A Moni hangs in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Never took up the challenge to build a Moni as the scratch-build was simply beyond my means and abilities.

The Project

Time and life passed but provided the opportunity to recapture my earlier motorglider interest. The present project is another John Monnett design-a Xenos-B model Motorglider from Sonex Aircraft, LLC
The project starting point tool several hundred hours of hagar rehabilitation at WV12, aka Mudsuck Branch.
The motorglider was purchased as a Quick Build kit with the majority of the airframe built at the Sonex Aircraft facility in Oshkosh, WI. The kit plans number XNB-0010, with FAA registration N25XB.

Recent Activity
 Date Hours Work Log Summary Details
 08-18-2019
3.0
Mount RDAC
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 08-18-2019
1.3
Master Contactor Wiring
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 08-17-2019
1.3
Mount Regulator To Firewall
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 08-17-2019
2.0
Gathered FWFgrounds
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 08-17-2019
0.5
Complete Tank Vent Relief On Glareshield
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 08-11-2019
4.0
Building Screens For MGL Explorer
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 08-10-2019
1.0
Top Cowling Alignment
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 08-10-2019
0.2
Tank Vent Clearance
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 08-10-2019
1.0
Regulator Mount
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 08-04-2019
3.0
Small Tasks
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