Think of it as a hybrid airplane; fly under full power, glide without any engine power or motor-soar to save fuel. Sonex Aircraft announced that its first customer-built Xenos sport motorglider took off with former drag racer Craig Jones at the controls. Jones says the assembly plans were easy to follow. I was not aware of aircraft known as self-launching gliders, but apparently there is an enthusiastic market. It's a wonderful concept for those who enjoy flying. I assume the glide function is used mostly to challenge the thermals during recreation outings and not to extend the fuel economy while on a long trip. I wonder how often these aircraft are used for commuting? I still give a "thumbs up" to the concept and congratulate those who earn a multiple license necessary to operate one as well as those who build their own planes.
[Source: Sky Control]