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Hangar Flying / Re: Air oil separator.
« on: May 06, 2011, 06:36:35 PM »
Well, the email went on its own.   I meant to say that I was NOT an engineer.

I am just quoting a Longeze owner/mechanic that knows FAR MORE about
engines than I will ever know.   He (and I) just run a LARGE diameter flexible
tube (with a cut at the highest point to allow for pressure release in case
of a plugged tube)(and springs inside to prevent tube collapse).   The tube
goes to the trailing edge of the wing.

Bruce Hughes    :)
NOT an engineer or mechanic

Hangar Flying / Re: Air oil separator.
« on: May 06, 2011, 06:30:12 PM »
Oil/air separators are important if the aircraft belly is BEHIND the
engine; you can save cleaning the belly.   The little oil that you
will be losing into the exhaust is insignificant.   I assume that you
check the oil before every flight and change oil often.  The separator
takes up precious space and is useless for pushers.   Save your $$$

Bruce Hughes

Hangar Flying / Re: Jacking a Long-EZ
« on: April 06, 2011, 08:45:34 AM »
The board that actually touches the gear leg is the only board that must be fairly long.
(that is the one that runs vertically in the picture)    ???

If it happens to be something like 12 feet long, you do not need a weight at the end.
(the end AWAY from the airplane)   ;)

If you don't have a board that long, you need an old battery or something heavy to
sit on the end and a couple of small blocks under each end of the weight.    :-\

Be careful; the weight might fall off.    :(

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Varieze project on ebay
« on: March 06, 2011, 04:32:43 PM »
There is a Varieze listed on ebay.  I don't have the number.  I don't want to buy a
Varieze as I have a Longeze.   However I thought others might be interested.  It
lacks some information so I asked the guy to add some.   

Bruce Hughes    :)

The following was from him to me directly to my email address:


> eBay sent this message to Bruce Hughes.
> Your registered name is included to show this message
> originated from eBay.
> Learn more at
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> Seller has responded to your question about this item
> --------------------------------------------------------
> Dear Sir:
> Thank you,
> I would like to add more information but every time I do,
> ebay pauses the auction for 24 hours to review the
> additions or
> modifications I make, it makes for a confusing auction!
> The wiring has
> largely been done, however it was done in the early 80s
> and the builder may
> desire to run new wires. I do not remember what chapter he
> was on but I
> could look that up. The control bell-cranks for the
> ailerons are hooked up,
> the elevator controls as well are hooked up and
> counterweights installed,
> the air-brake (bellyboard) is installed and working, the
> fuel lines are run
> but the holes for the gas caps have not been cut.
> I have had an IA
> (licensed Inspector of Airworthiness) look over the
> airframe and he said it
> appears sound.
> I hope this helps, I will be glad to answer any questions
> and help as best I can. I want the buyer to be happy and
> to understand
> exactly what he or she is getting. To sum it up, (in my
> opinion) if someone
> were about to build a varieze, buying this would save
> about 800 hours in
> labor and about $8000 in parts (plans if you can find
> them: $300, canopy
> $400, fiberglass a few grand, gear and brakes $500-1000,
> engine mount a few
> hundred, new Brock wing fittings, unfindable but about
> $1500 if you could
> etc..): This, when completed, will be a "real" varieze
> that is- I have the
> serial number from Burt Rutan and the plans to go with it
> for this
> airframe. If you build one today with no serial number
> (from someone else's
> plans) then it will never be a "real" vari; this detail
> may not matter to a
> lot of people but to some people it should add a bit of
> value.
> It also
> comes with the original embroidered seats (not pictured
> but I can send
> photos) Burt sold with the plans.
> I hope this helps

Hangar Flying / Re: Ignition Key Switch for One Mag + One KSavier EI
« on: February 27, 2011, 11:09:24 AM »
Hi Gerard

I have one magneto and one of Klaus's EI.  I also have a couple of "Bendix"
switches on the shelf.   I advise you to leave the Bendix on the shelf or
give it to someone who has 2 magnetos.  Separate toggle switches will
run the magneto and the EI.   A pushbutton will run the starter.  BTW  I used
the push button that ASSC calls P/H SPB01 (or a switch from ASSC that
looks just like it).   When I got it, it was much larger than I had anticipated.
I installed it anyway.  It worked for a few years and then quit.  I took it
out and looked at it.   That junk was so corroded I could not believe it.
I have replaced it once just because it fit the hole I had cut in the panel.
If it fails again, I will have to build a new panel, using a different
switch; I don't know which one.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Need somebody near Denver CO with a Long EZ or Cozy3
« on: February 16, 2011, 12:36:06 PM »
Hi Steve

Mike Stolle (970-858-9740) is the CSA State Representative; you could
call him; he should know everyone who has a flying airplane.   He had a Longeze
but I believe he sold it.

Mark Davis (303-441-2912) has a Longeze in Boulder and
Ion Huss (303-440-3579) has a Longeze in Boulder.

Maurice Eastburn (303-692-9626) has a Varieze in Denver.

Terry Hart (unlisted phone) has a Cozy in Erie.

Burrall Sanders is at Meadowlake airport in Falcon; he always has a few airplanes around.

There are about 12 flying canards in Colorado so you should have no trouble.
If you join the CSA you will have a directory of all of them.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: WTB Long EZ plans
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:16:58 AM »
Hi Joel

You need to call Terry Yake (913-451-8904)(Kansas CSA) and
Joe Rosa (314-878-5853)(Missouri CSA)  to get help.  Both
are great guys and are state representatives of CSA.   There
are at least 10 canard airplanes in MO and 5 in KS.

Also check out the CSA (see the home page of this web site).
The members will be a great resource.

Also check with Steve Beert at 563-381-4702 to talk canard stuff.   
He is in IA.

Call Curt Smith at 618-531-7190.  He is in IL.  Curt is a CFI in case
you want a lesson in canard flying.

Also the Cozy Girrrls live somewhere around there.  Don't have a
# for them but you will see emails posted on
from Chrissi.  They have a website because they sell a lot of great parts for us., I think.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: WTB Long EZ plans
« on: November 18, 2010, 12:23:55 AM »
Which Kansas City do you live in?

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Looking for Seattle area EZ owner to chat with
« on: November 15, 2010, 03:12:10 AM »
Hi Drew

I am south of the Seattle area.   I know very little about aerodynamics
and less about building.  I do have a Longeze project.   Some have
said it is not airworthy and never will be.   well I disagree on both of
those opinions.    So, if you want to drop by Yelm, I can show/tell
you a lot of things that damaged my reputation. 

There are many who ARE experts.  Joe Person for one.   Also Tom Staggs
and many others.  However they are still making a living and I have time
to talk.  Just don't think I know anything.

I have a zillion back issues of the CSA newsletter that you can look at
IN my shop.  No loans.

I also have a 30 minute speech in my computer on canard pushers.

360-458-1543 (don't leave a message - that is my step son'd phone)

Bruce Hughes    :)

Hangar Flying / Re: What is an old Ercoupe worth?
« on: November 10, 2010, 11:21:45 AM »
Hi Dan

What is your email address?   You can reach me at:    bruce@fairpoint,net

Or else I can put details on this website....


Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / What is an old Ercoupe worth?
« on: November 09, 2010, 05:31:00 PM »
I have an old (1946) Ercoupe that I had hoped to rebuild.  Now I may
sell it to a neighbor instead.  He wants a project.  However I don't
know what to ask; I don't want to ask too little.

I can give tons of details but maybe it should be done offline.   You can
email me at

If I don't hear from anyone soon, I will give lots of details here.

Is there someone who does appraisals for a fee?

Thanks for any comments

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Anyone in Ohio/Indiana/Michigan???
« on: October 21, 2010, 12:06:46 AM »
Hi Jamie

Have you heard of the CSA?  They are a great group.  The CSA
state representative for Ohio is Terry Lamp.  Call 740-454-2778
I think he will help you.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Long Ez fan from Greece
« on: October 10, 2010, 04:16:18 PM »

Try these 2 guys:

They will know a lot more than us.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: TE fences /blended winglets
« on: October 07, 2010, 09:53:04 AM »

Be extremely cautious about making ANY changes to the plans.
I made very small changes to a Longeze and have been working
on it forever.   Any changes and you will NEVER finish.

You have to get FAA approval before you can fly it.   I am
currently hung on that.   I have an airplane that could be
flown but it cannot be flown legally.  It may never fly.

Bruce Hughes

Hangar Flying / Re: Central Florida Cozy
« on: October 02, 2010, 08:17:32 PM »
Hi Rob

Aren't you a member of CSA?  Check the home page for details.

There are approximately 8 Cozies in Florida.   I don't know which
are close to you.    Try calling Jack Fehling who is the FL state
rep for CSA.   He will help.  561-744-1309

BTW  Clifford Cady has an Eraser.   Lutz, FL

Bruce Hughes   :) 

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