Total OneX Build Time: 517.0 hours
  • Engine Casing Prep

    Still no planes for construction. So I’ve begun the engine assembly. First step, wash the engine casing. Debris is left in the casing due to final machining. Washed it out with soapy water and compressed air. Second, prepare to paint the casing. Cool. I get to make the engine look...
  • Composites Last Day

    Second and last day of the composites workshop. The instructor, Scott Vanderveen is an inspriting guy. Every other tool he pulls out is a tool he built himself. Like a hot wire CNC machine, 3D printed molds and rigs, temperature sensor/switch… It makes me excited to build my own tools...
  • Composite Plane Construction

    Woke up at 4am and flew to Las Vegas. Beautiful night skyline as I came in for landing into McCarran. The composite construction workshop is great; really educational. We’re learning about the fibers, core, filler, and resin material used to build modern aircraft. So many possibilities. Composites allow for more...
  • Break Down and Ramp Up

    Sonex straightened out most of the missing and extra parts I cataloged yesterday. With all the parts accounted for, I broke down the boxes, chopped up the crate for firewood, and packed all the recyclebles in a box. Not as small a task as you might think. Since I didn’t...
  • Taking Inventory

    The OneX is a “tail dragger”. Most GA airplanes these days have a tricycle gear configuration where there’s a wheel under the nosea along with gears on each wing. Tail dragers have the third wheel on the tail instead of the nose. It’s old-school. And the FAA says pilots need...