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Hangar Flying / Re: Nose Gear Mounting
« on: April 23, 2010, 08:26:13 AM »
Hi Joe

Check with other people on the tire pressure because I am a Microbiologist.   Micro means
small so I know very little.

50 PSI is written on my tire as the maximum.   However others have said that is the
MINIMUM that you should use or the rubber will slide in relation to the metal and rip
the filling tube off.   NOT good.

Maybe Joe Person will post again.  He is EXPERT.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: looking to buy an EZ soon but have questions.
« on: April 21, 2010, 07:09:38 AM »
Hi Chris

Someone can give you a ride.   But we need to know where you live, then we can
find someone.

Be very cautious about buying; you need a lot of input from those who are experienced
builders and/or engineers.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Canard Empty Weights
« on: April 10, 2010, 09:27:29 PM »
Hi.   I have not seen the date.  Please send me a copy to


Bruce Hughes    :)

Hangar Flying / Re: 0-200 with ellison tb
« on: March 31, 2010, 10:39:02 PM »
Hi Allan

I don't have a Varieze but my Longeze has an Ellison.   I do not have any
flight experience.   I am convinced that the Ellison is far better than the
ancient carburator device.   It, of course, is not as good as fuel injection
but it is far less costly.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Looking for Long Ez pilots in Wisconsin
« on: March 27, 2010, 05:58:34 AM »
Jon, just click on the tab labeled "CSA"   Then you have the address to send
Terry Schubert $30 for 4 newsletters and a directory.   In the directory you
will find 20 guys who are flying or building or want to be...

I think only 7 are actually flying but the others are just as important and maybe
more to meet eyeball-to-eyeball.   This is a great group.

Also call Jim Rodrian, the state representative for CSA.  262-377-4320   He may
know someone who is new since the directory was printed (Jan. 2010) or is
not in CSA (I cannot imagine why but there are such people).

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hi Jim

Call Mark Cox in White Salmon (509-493-1130).   He has a Longeze.
Also Bob Holliston in WS but I think he may not be finished (have
little info on him)

In OR, there is Steve Hogge in Portland (530-613-6609) who has
a Varieze.   Also Perry Mick (503-554-6815) in Newberg.  He has
a Longeze.

I believe Al Wick lives in OR but don't know where.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Flying the pylons
« on: March 08, 2010, 08:55:06 AM »
This is for "flyingwaldo" an  everyone.

Flying pylons, to my knowledge, is only done at the Reno Air Races.
For information on that try    In the website, you
will find "to pilots".   That will tell you that there is a May 20 deadline
and training is for 4 days June 16-19.   I assume that you HAVE to be
there ALL 4 days.

That is all that I know; I watch from the ground......

Bruce Hughes   :)   

Hangar Flying / Re: New to EZ learn to fly one
« on: February 24, 2010, 10:59:08 AM »
Hi Judson

You need to tell us where you live; the CSA has close to 1000 members scattered over 50 states
and several countries.   There is a member near you that can help.   Longezes, Cozys, Berkuts,
Erasers, Aerocanards, Velocities, and Variezes are great for long distances. 

Consider joining the CSA (see the tab on the home page).   That will give you a directory and 4

Bruce Hughes    :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Intro and request for help in Texas
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:07:41 AM »
Hi Aaron

The CSA should be able to give you some help.   A lot of  information on CSA is
available on this website (look for the tab on the home page).

There are 30 guys who volunteer to help newbies.   The one in Texas (called the
Texas representative) is Bob Sudderth.   He is a great guy.   Unfortunately he
lives far from you (east of Dallas) but he will know some of the experts around
Houston.   I don't know the level of expertise of any of the Houston guys.
Call Bob at 903-569-3028

I do know of 5 guys who live in Houston or nearby.   2 have cozys or cozy projects, I don't
know which.   You could call Dennis Butler at 281-282-3935.   Ken Cameron does not give a
phone # so try

Jim Voss has a Longeze.  Try 281-480-6185.   He has a lot of hours on the Longeze.

Aziz Musa is listed in UT but has moved to Houston.   Try 801-467-3323.   That is a
UT number so you may find him only through Dennis, Ken, or Jim.   Also I think he is
still flying 747s or something out of England; he may be gone for a while.   He is a great

Ryszard Zadow lives in Waller.   His # is 409-931-3314.

There must be others that live close to Houston but I don't know the location of all
the Texas cities and the CSA directory does not indicate location other than the city

Good luck

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: LongEZ questions
« on: February 19, 2010, 02:35:12 AM »
BTW Will, plans are usually hard to get.   You can check with David Orr, look on (or net?) (or org?).    Sometimes they are on ebay but
are expensive there.

BTW#2  If you will tell us where your are (city and state) I can tell you of some
Varieze builders and/or pilots near you.   They should be abler to give you some
information and might even track down some plans.   

BTW#3  If you find a project. it may be barely started but you can get a lot of
materials such as foam (there are 5 types in the Longeze; I don't know about the
Varieze), glass, epoxy, etc.   Be careful about the fiberglass; it should never get
wet which ruins it completely.    Good deals are often really bad deals......

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: LongEZ questions
« on: February 17, 2010, 10:38:05 AM »
Hi again

If you can find a partially finished project that looks good, you can weigh the parts.
Be careful to use accurate scales.   The old way was to use a set of 3 bathroom scales
with 2 "multiplyers" made of steel.   I don't think those are very accurate.    Some
EAA clubs and the auto racing guys have electronic scales which are VERY accurate.
Either an auto racing club or an EAA club will be glad to help.    The auto scales are
a set of 4 and you just do not use one of them.   When you get the numbers tell
Joe Person or other varieze builders: the surface treatment and paint adds weight;
the engine weight is pretty well known if the project lacks an engine.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: LongEZ questions
« on: February 16, 2010, 12:08:50 PM »
Hi Will

There are a few canards flying on auto engines.   However MANY people who have
tried auto engines have put massive amounts of time into the engine and then given
up.   Auto engines may be too heavy and that influences the weight and balance

Listen to the people who are experts:  Joe Person and David Orr are.

Remember that you really need a log of your work.   It is much harder to create one
from old sales slips, notes on slips of paper, etc.   I now put everything in my computer
so I have a log but I did not start out that way.   A log is required by the FAA so
eventually you have to make one.   Start out keeping one.

A partially finished project will end up being cheaper, probably, but it may weigh too
much and therefore be a "dog".  You also don't know if the original builder did all of
the layups correctly.   Some may be dangerous.

Getting plans is sometimes a problem.   See David Orr on that.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: New alternator needed.
« on: December 03, 2009, 05:56:29 PM »

I am using a large automobile alternator.   Due to my weight and balance problem
and all of the time I wasted making a bracket for it, I wish I had gone with the
smaller alternator that B & C sells.   It is a bit expensive and does not put out 
thousands of amps, but it would have been right for me.

I believe it mounts where one of the magnetos would have been.   I have EI
so I had to cover that hole anyway.   Or maybe it mounts where the vacuum
pump would been; I don't have one of those either.

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Baggage pods
« on: November 29, 2009, 10:17:54 PM »
It has been a long time but I think Larry Lombard is one of the owners.
He is listed in the 2009 CSA directory.

Try 707-462-2939 or

Bruce Hughes   :)

Hangar Flying / Re: Hello
« on: November 23, 2009, 09:41:16 AM »
Hi Jamie

A couple of things Wayne did not include in the email:

1. The price of the subscription is $30 per year.   Best $ you will spend on airplanes.
2. You also get a directory that lists almost 1000 other guys who are flying or building or
    wanting to build, like you.   Over a dozen of them are in Canada, several are not far from you.
    By studying the directory, you can get a pretty good idea who is flying, who is building,
    and who is hoping.
3. You get a schedule of upcoming events, which includes the Rough River flying, close to
4. Terry also has previous issues, if you want to get a few of those.

BTW  Check with the Varieze and Cozy people; 240 lbs is a lot of body to put in a Varieze.
I am at 5'7" and 165 lb.   The Longeze fits me pretty well but I have to put a false seat
behind me as I am so short.

Bruce Hughes   :)

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