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Hangar Flying / Re: insurance
« on: July 14, 2010, 05:45:19 PM »
What kind?   Hull?   Liability?   Both?

Hangar Flying / Re: what to look for when buying an ez
« on: July 14, 2010, 05:43:12 PM »
Yes, get an EXPERT to look at it!   Where do you live?

Bruce Hughes

Hangar Flying / Re: Varieze as 1st owned aircraft?
« on: July 14, 2010, 05:41:06 PM »
Hi Eric

It will help if you tell us where you live.   There are certain people who can evaluate a "for sale"
airplane (You pay them for expert judgment generally).   

Also you need to get some time in a Cozy; the sight in landing and takeoff is similar to
a Longeze.   I guess the Varieze is similar to a Cozy but I have flown a Varieze ONLY from
the back seat and then ONLY for a few minutes.   I know 2 people who can give you lessons
(you pay them) if you tell us where you are.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: another noobie in love with questions
« on: July 06, 2010, 08:13:05 AM »
Hi Erik

You need to ask local guys about the cost of hangaring; the cost varies so widely.
I would expect that you would pay far more than $100/month.

You are not so far from Dale Martin (Lewiston, ID) or Burrell Sanders (Falcon, CO)
so you could get the annual condition inspection done at a price.   Again ask
the local guys.   Maybe there is a local A & P that can do them.

Did you join CSA?  You need to have their help.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Any EZ flyers near Raleigh NC?
« on: July 05, 2010, 08:29:16 AM »
You should join CSA.   Best $30 you will spend for aviation.   You will also find 12 guys
who are either building, planning, or wishing they could build.   Good friends to know in NC.
Maybe one lives in a Raleigh suburb; I don't know town/suburb names in NC.

See the homepage.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Any EZ flyers near Raleigh NC?
« on: July 04, 2010, 04:59:09 PM »
I believe that there are 5 plus anyone that is not in the CSA.   The CSA directory lists
Ken Ashley, Kent Ashton, Alex Becker, Leo Dringoli, and Greg Fowler.   That makes one
Varieze, one Cozy, one 2 Longezes, and one Cozy MK IV (those are not in order).

Alex is the CSA state representative so you need to call him at 248-396-7944.
He will know those (if any) who are not CSA members.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: VW engine or not?
« on: June 30, 2010, 07:44:41 AM »
Yes, Burt Rutan.   He gave up.   >:(

Don't even think about it any more; your life must be worth something
to someone (like you).

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: another noobie in love with questions
« on: June 29, 2010, 07:36:11 AM »
Hi Erik

There are 11 CSA members listed in the 2009 directory (I misplaced the 2010).  One has moved to TX.  4 of the 10 are listed as having hours on the airplane.  Dana Byerley has his Longeze for sale.  The other 5 probably are building but some may not be building yet.  All of those listed are Longeze people except for "slick Rick" who has a Berkut.   The Varieze, Longeze, Berkut, Eraser, etc. are 2 place airplanes.  I don't know a lot about any of them except I have a Longeze (which has not flown).

If you call Ken smith, who lives in Logan, he probably can tell you a lot more.   435-752-3403   Maybe he can give you a ride.   And call Dana to see if he has sold the airplane.   That is the cheapest (compared to building) way to fly.  801-943-1005.

The Varieze is a 2 person airplane but is a bit smaller (and faster) than the Longeze.   Ask Rick Lee
(in Sandy)(801-4834) about the Berkut.

I don't know much about costs.   Have not flown yet.   Lots of $$$$ up to now.

You might join the CSA.   4 newsletters/year.   One due out now.   $30 per year.  See the home page.

You can get some training in a Cozy which is side-by-side.   You need to get on the Cozy Builders' webside.   I am not on it.   Burrall Sanders in Falcon, CO can give you some training, unless he is too busy repairing airplanes.   The tandom canards are not very good for training because you cannot see to takeoff or land.

IN Iowa, Curt Smith can give you training.  Of Course Burrall and Curt charge for the service.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Resist the temptation to use John Doe's or Mary Buildt's idea of a great mod.
I know very little about Variezes but I have an "almost finished" Longeze.
I tried a few changes and almost every one turned out to be a headache.
Even the ones that I did with RAF plans (landing light, internal bellhorn for
the rudders) created unexpected, time consuming, and unnecessary problems.
I my case, "little" changes extended the time to the point that I may not
finish it at all.    >:(

Bruce Hughes


Hi Stefan

Velocity Aircraft is in Sebastian, FL.   You might go by their business.

I think a lot of the Florida guys do not read   You may get
more help from the CSA which lists 51 members in florida.   About 10 of
them have Longezes that are flying.   Try contacting the CSA representative
for CSA, Jack Fehling (561-744-1309).   I don't see an email listing for him.

Simon Ramirez is a friend of mine with a Longeze.  Try
Also Paul Adrien has an email address:   Also Edgar Flaig
( has a Longeze with lots of hours.   Those 4
should be able to link you with the other 6.   I don't know which of the 10
live close to your arrival airport,JAX. as I am at the other end of the states.

Bruce  Hughes (WA)

Hangar Flying / Re: Exhaust Insulating Wrap
« on: May 16, 2010, 11:18:52 PM »
Did you read what I posted earlier?    A thermal wrap on the exhaust is a VERY BIG
mistake.    You will be very sorry if you leave it on.....

Bruce Hughes    :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Paint stripping
« on: May 15, 2010, 08:45:46 PM »
Hi "16FW" whoever you are:

A "concoction of chemicals" is a VERY bad way to go.   At least you MUST
get the MSDS for every chemical.   Pay particular attention to the inhalation
danger and the skin absorption danger.   In the past people have had severely
damaged livers and other organs.   The situation is a little better now with OSHA
providing guidelines for WORKERS in different industries.

If you don't understand what I am saying, "Google" up OSHA + MSDS and read
some.   May save your life.

Another source: RTECS

When I was teaching I once needed to order silica sand (ALL of the local sand was
pulverized limestone which is different from your typical sand).   The box was
delivered with a bottle of sand and a MSDS for silica sand.

I think you should consider Joe Dubner's suggestion.   BTW, you still need a
good facemask, preferably with air flowing to it.

Bruce Hughes    :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Exhaust Insulating Wrap
« on: May 04, 2010, 09:52:41 PM »
I did that some years ago and I was VERY, VERY, VERY sorry that I did.

At the time, I was just taxi testing the Longeze a couple of days per week;
it never flew.

I found some of the 8 bolts that hold the exhaust manifolds were rusting
badly.   Those were the "special exhaust bolts" sold by ASSC for Lycoming
engines.   There were not cheap crap!

What was happening, I assume, was the insulating wrap was holding the heat
in the exhaust, especially around the exhaust valves.   The higher heat level
made the rusting occur more rapidly.   The total taxi time was less than one

2 nuts were so bad that I could not get them off initially.   I finally had to
file the 2 nuts on 2 sides to fit a 5/16 open jaw wrench, turn the nut 60 degrees,
file again, turn again, file the 3rd time and turn again.   At that point I could
gradually turn the nut all the way off.

Doing that filing in an area that is hard to reach was extremely time consuming.
That is one of the reasons I have been working on the airplane so many years.

That insulation is sold to make a profit for the manufacturer, not to improve
your engine.

Find another way to shield the fiberglass.

Bruce Hughes    :)

Hangar Flying / Re: looking to buy an EZ soon but have questions.
« on: April 30, 2010, 07:22:55 AM »
Hi Chris

Here is more info:  Go to the home for and look to the right, top.
Click on the CSA tab.   You can get a lot of help from Terry Schubert and
the CSA guys by spending $30.   That will get you a directory that lists 95
builders, flyers, and wanta-bees in CA.   There ARE some flyers who are
not in the CSA but not many.

You can also call the CA representative for CSA, David Orr.  949-939-1479
Tell him I sent you.  Most likely he will give you a ride (I think his aircraft is
at John Wayne airport).   David also keeps track of all available canard
aircraft and charges a fee for that info.   I think the info is worth the fee.
David also publishes a free monthly email.   That will tell you about upcoming
flyins, among other things.   The Columbia, CA flyin is coming soon.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: looking to buy an EZ soon but have questions.
« on: April 29, 2010, 05:41:18 PM »
Hi Chris

Steve is a great guy and will give you a ride.   But you should be aware
that there are many guys living in S. CA.   They are often at Chino on
weekends.   Call Bill Davenport in Los Angeles (310-398-5540) or Greg Gullikson
in Fullerton (714-624-5635) or Doug Pitzer in Corona (909-735-4485) for
more information. 

Bruce Hughes     :)

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