Xenon Chat

airbiscuit

Junior Member
Hi all, I'm a newbie here, but I've been reading all the threads on the Xenon for quite awhile, and I'm really impressed with the machine. Seems like the folks involved are top notch. I havn't seen any recent comments/threads since last month and am missing my morning browse. Any new news? I'd like to get out to Arizona and get a couple of hours in one too.
 

ventana7

Gold Member
Scott,

We have 2 Xenons flying in the US at the moment with 3 more arriving next month. We should have about a dozen flying by the end of the year.

The only thing I can tell you at the moment is it is hard to be patient while we wait for our deliveries as everyone is anxious to fly theese great gyros.

The good news is that the factory is expanding rapidly. The production line work force has increased from 5 to 30 or more and the factory recently made additional molds to allow them to double the production capacity of the cabin.

Xenon is also selling well in other countries. They are also working on meeting ASTM standards, getting German certification, etc.

Rob
 

Harry_S.

Gold Supporter
Not to be a sour grape on this, but being involved with aircraft production for a number of years and directly associated with an accelerated production schedule, requiring a rather large and immediate increase in production workers...problems are to arise.

With the increase of production workers, an increase in supervision is required as well. The new workers need to be trained. The work quality will suffer somewhat initially, requiring more quality assurance personnel.

I'm sure we look for the end quality of units 100 thru 200 to be the same as units five thru ten. ;)

Who was it that said..."Quality is our most important product."?!


Cheers :)
 
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ventana7

Gold Member
Actually Harry the opposite has been true.

From 5 guys who all were good at many tasks required to assemble the Xenon, the factory has now been able to hire an electrician/electronics tech who is an expert at that. The result is that our wiring is MUCH better in current machines than previous ones.

The welding is now done by a specialist in that field.

Adding a second mold did not add workers but it meant that the current workers could be much more productive as they can continue building a second cabin while one is curing in the first mold.

There is a guy whose primary job is to see the factory is clean and parts are organized and all tools are put back etc. This makes the other workers more efficient.

There is a factory manager to make sure work flows better than it did with a small work force.

All in all it makes for a better product and a faster production time.

Rob
 

Dmorris

Member
Just do it!

Just do it!

Scott,

Just do it! It s much easier to get forgiveness rather than permission. May be a rough ride but the rodeo will end. And you will stiil have you Xenon. Maybe no car to drive or home to go to but I guess you showed her.

Joking aside I should get mine in month or so and I'm relly excited. There going to come a time I'm going to have to tell my wife

Davi Morris
 

airbiscuit

Junior Member
Scott,

Just do it! It s much easier to get forgiveness rather than permission. May be a rough ride but the rodeo will end. And you will stiil have you Xenon. Maybe no car to drive or home to go to but I guess you showed her.

Joking aside I should get mine in month or so and I'm relly excited. There going to come a time I'm going to have to tell my wife

Davi Morris



I love my wife, I love my wife.......
Oh the struggle!

Talked some with Scott via E mail. Relly professional and friendly. I'm looking forward to some stick time then...... Not sure the budget can do it, but I'm willing to be a good friend to any Xenon owners! I'll even clean the windshield.
 

Heron

Platinum Member
Harry
There will be little differences, but the bulk of the parts and assys, will be spot on the same.
Of course a bigger assembly line will have problems, but they can be minimized with proper training.
At the end, the buyer will do the final inspection, after having many people looking it over, even the FAA. (not great help here so far)
thanks
Heron
 
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