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Thanks to Char Spencer, I'm posting a flyer for the 2009 HHFC.  The flyer is an announcement of the major canard aircraft flying events in the western US starting with Canards de Mayo and ending with Lone Pine.  Jackpot and Kanab are included.  Questions and comments to Char, please (contact info at end of the flyer).

I'll apologize in advance for the formatting (it loses something in the translation from paper to PDF).


Hangar Flying / Re: Lone Pine (CA) Fly-in
« on: October 14, 2008, 01:14:29 PM »
The weather's looking pretty good so I think I'll go.  After all, it's probably the last decent outing of the year for us northern flyers :-)

I'd consider departing Friday or Saturday and hooking up with others along the way.  Conversely, if any of the Seattle-area flyers want to stage out of my place, the welcome mat is out and there's room in the hangar.

I'm flying from western Oregon (south of Portland) and am flexible on routing: either through Nevada or California.  Anyone?

Hangar Flying / Lone Pine (CA) R.A.C.E./Timed Event Lodging
« on: September 26, 2008, 03:24:43 PM »

Anyone interested in sharing a motel room Saturday night at the Lone
Pine event?  I plan to wait until a couple of days before (to scope
out the weather) and then make a reservation.  I'd like to share
expenses with someone who is of similar mind.

Long-EZ 821RP
Independence, OR

Hangar Flying / Arlington and Jackpot
« on: July 20, 2008, 06:43:27 PM »
I haven't seen any reports of the recent Arlington or Jackpot activities so I put together some of my pictures at  I'll leave it there until my monthly bandwidth allotment is used up :-)


Hangar Flying / Mojave Bound
« on: June 19, 2008, 12:36:32 PM »
So whom should I expect to see at Mohave this weekend?  The usual suspects from near and far, I presume, but Kelly says 400+ have registered and I don't even know 400 Canardians :-)

We're leaving at first light tomorrow (Friday) and flying formation with Jim Price.  If you're interested in tracking our route of flight you can use these two links:
(They should be updated as soon as we get underway in the morning).

Long-EZ 821RP
Lewiston, ID

Hangar Flying / Canards de Mayo 2008
« on: May 07, 2008, 09:55:48 PM »
I'm a little late to chime in (flew home Monday) but I'd like to echo Dave's comment: thank you, Don, for your planning, execution, and no small expense.  <ComicBookGuy> Best fly-in ever!</ComicBookGuy>

With Dave Viglierchio and Paul Werner directing aircraft parking, things went oh so smoothly.  Thanks to Charles, the forums stayed on schedule.  Char Spencer gave up her trip to Yosemite with Harriet and me so she could tend to registrations on Friday.   Thank you Mark Zeitlin for your riveting forums on your in-flight prop loss.  I enjoyed Keith Spreuer's P-51 scoop cooling forum too.

I wasn't able to count all the EZs on the ramp (there were more than 40, maybe more than 50) and heard there were 90-some people for dinner.

Finally, I'm honored and pleased to accept the prize for traveling the furthest (after the couple from Kentucky and Joe Hull from Seattle had to leave <g>).

Flying time from Lewiston, ID to Columbia: 3:4 hours (523 NM).  
Return trip over a longer route and stop for lunch: 4.1 hours total.

I expect we'll see the same cast of characters at the Burtday Party (June 21) in Mojave.  Looking forward to it.


Hangar Flying / Departing for Columbia Tomorrow
« on: April 30, 2008, 10:24:03 AM »
Looks like tomorrow (Thursday) is our weather window to make it over the mountains so we're departing Lewiston, ID for Columbia in the morning.  Hope others will also be arriving early so we can get together and do tourist-like activities.  We'll have a rental car and plan to briefly visit Yosemite -- anyone?

Thanks to APRS technology, you can flight-follow my Long-EZ at once we get airborne (hopefully before 1600Z tomorrow).  When you see 190 MPH groundspeeds in cruise, don't be thinking I swapped my O-235 for an O-320 -- there's a nice tailwind in the forecast <g>.


Hangar Flying / Re: Canards de Mayo 2008
« on: April 09, 2008, 08:06:07 AM »
Very nice assortment of seminars, Don!  We're planning to arrive early and stay late in order to catch 'em all.  Congratulations on putting together such a compelling event.


Hangar Flying / Jim Price's Long-EZ Record
« on: March 30, 2008, 12:43:45 PM »
Admittedly, this notice is way too short (unless you live near Boise) but tomorrow (April 3) Jim Price will be speaking at the EAA Chapter 103 meeting about how he flew his Long-EZ to 35,000 feet to set an altitude record.

BTW, this is a normally aspirated O320 Long-EZ!


Hangar Flying / Western US 2008 EZ Flying Events
« on: March 10, 2008, 08:46:23 AM »
Here's a compilation of the EZ flying events in the western US for 2008 from Char Spencer starting with Canards de Mayo and ending with a new event in Lone Pine, CA.  In between are the usual Jackpot and Kanab "timed events".

These events aren't just for flyers; for builders they're great opportunities to see some unique EZs, put faces with names, and even snivel a ride.

Question should go to Char at the posted Email address or phone number but I can try to help too.


Hangar Flying / Re: Wintertime Flying Activity in the West?
« on: February 28, 2008, 07:19:59 PM »
My "blond ballast" (Harriet) and I arrived home from a swing through the Southwest yesterday and it was great!  Even the rain and overcast up here in northern Idaho can't wipe the grin (or the tan <g>) off my face.  

Some interesting statistics (well, interesting to me anyway <g>): the O-235 Long-EZ covered 2806 NM in 18.6 hours of Hobbs time.  If that arithmetic doesn't pass the "sanity check" it's because we experienced >50K tailwinds on two occasions.  The GPS showed 244 MPH groundspeed at 15,500 MSL when headed south to Inyokern, CA and 245 MPH later when headed east to Phoenix.  Fortunately, "pay back" was only a 20K headwind on the way home.  I started out with about 25 gallons of mogas and put another 64 gallons of 100 LL in the tanks while on the road for some excellent overall economy.

Among the highlights of the trip were:

* 4-wheeling in the desert near Inyokern, CA while visiting Gary and Char Spencer (of R.A.C.E. a.k.a. "Timed Event" fame).

* Flying out to lunch at the Voyager Cafe in Mojave, CA and dinner at Rosamond Airpark while based in Lancaster, CA.  

* Watching the F-16s in the traffic pattern at Tucson with Gary Hertzler and the Phoenix Saturday morning breakfast flyout gang.

* Staying in the "Marc Zeitlin room" at Bill and Marilyn Siebold's fabulous place in Bisbee, AZ.  My Long-EZ got to spend the night in their attached hangar too.

* Overnighting in a VW camper in Jim Price's heated hangar at Sunrise Skypark (ID40) near Nampa, ID before flying the last leg over Hell's Canyon to Lewiston, ID.  And once again, the Long-EZ spent the night in a hangar.

Not a bad "escape" from the winter.  I was touched by what Harriet said while "debugging" in the hangar after arriving home: "I really love this airplane".  Me too.  Time for some maintenance and other chores but We'll be ready for Columbia (CA) in May.

Hangar Flying / Re: Joes Track
« on: February 17, 2008, 03:24:23 PM »
Quote from: flyingwaldo
Your track quit at the Oregon/Washington border????

Wouldn't ya just know it: the system had been working well for month and ten minutes after I leave town it crumps :-(

The MySQL database somehow corrupted and I'm trying to restore data from a backup server (in my hangar).  Alas, I'm on a borrowed PC far from home so it's a difficult process but it's mostly fixed.  The complete track from ID to Inyokern on Feb 14 is now present as well as the next day's fly out to Kernville, CA and yesterday's (Feb 16) flight to KWJF (Lancaster) -- I think.

Hope to fly locally tomorrow and it should be working in real time by then.

Alternate server:
(in case this happens again)

Don, we're not able to go by Columbia as we're headed for AZ next but we'll be there in May for Cinco d'Mayo.


Hangar Flying / Re: Wintertime Flying Activity in the West?
« on: February 13, 2008, 11:57:38 AM »
Quote from: jdubner
Anyone know of any decent fly-ins in the western US this month?

Answering my own question here: no :-).  But tomorrow (Thursday) I'm flying south for a sweep through the southwest visiting EZ friends along the way.  First stop: KIYK (Inyokern,  CA) to visit the Spencers (Gary and Char of N51EZ and "Timed Event" fame).  Planning to depart KLWS (Lewiston, ID) around 0900 Pacific (1700Z) with 4+30 enroute.  Saturday morning it's on to Lancaster, CA and from there, who knows?  I do know that I'm in no hurry to return to wintertime up north :-)

If you would like to see how well an APRS tracker installation can work (either in real time or afterward), go to  Click on Locate or the first Get Track button to get the aircraft's current position or  most recent track.  You can also see other tracks on 2007-12-25, 2007-12-29, 2008-01-13, and 2008-01-22 by proper manipulation of the user interface.

KIYK WX forecast: Sunny. Highs 53 to 62.  Ah, it's gonna be great!


Hangar Flying / Re: Wintertime Flying Activity in the West?
« on: January 05, 2008, 07:40:56 PM »
Thanks for the pointer to Mather in March -- I didn't know about that one.  I don't think I can wait that long :-)  Anyway,  I'm looking to put together a small string of events over a 7-14 day period to make the trip from Lewiston, ID (5-6 hours flying time each way) worthwhile.

I did join the NorCal Canard group -- thanks for the pointer to it.

And if you feel like flying up this way, I hope you'll contact me as there's always room in the hangar for a transient and accommodations at the "Hotel Harriet".  But I recommend NOT this time of year: starting in April would be best.  And if you go to Jackpot in July and plan to go to Arlington a couple of days later, this would be a good place to spend the time.

Thanks again,

Hangar Flying / Wintertime Flying Activity in the West?
« on: January 03, 2008, 08:43:51 AM »
I am _so_ bored with the lack of flying activities around here.  Anyone know of any decent fly-ins in the western US this month?  Canard-specific is not necessary and I don't expect an Arlington-class event but would like something better than the typical EAA chapter bad pancake breakfast.  Something in CA, AZ, or even NM would suit me just fine.


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