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Offline nmflyboy

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Hangar RASH, canard
« on: August 01, 2007, 11:38:58 AM »
Hello fellow pilots.  I just bought a Varieze last week.  It was in flying condition.  It needs new brakes, disks, tires.  Not too hard eh?  Well I had the canard off and slid under the plane for storage, after taking the wheel off the gear slipped off the stand (1") and the whole plane started bouncing.  It tilted back.The prop was vertical and it poked right through the top skin of the canard!    :x   Can someone fix it?  The plane is at VNY.

By the way, I have the canard off because I am installing a Dynon EFIS!

I will post pics later, it hit midspan, trailing edge, 3" crack, scratched the elevator, nicked the prop, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007, 08:11:54 PM »
It did this even with the nose gear fully retracted?  As long as the prop did not go through the spar or shear web, it should be a very easy fix.  And from you description, it sounds like it did not (at least not the spar).

Make sure you get hold of the plans so you can see how the plane is built----and how to repair.  There is a repair section in the plans.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007, 11:22:36 PM »
Yep, the nose gear was fully retracted.  I have now set a tool box on the nose and that is holding it down.  Ok I will give the pans to a fellow mechanic, he should be able to fix it, I don't think it went through anything important, just the trailing edge about 2"...

Thanks for your info!
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 07:23:01 PM »
Unless you are very wealthy and prepared to always have someone fix your plane, this is the perfect opportunity to learn.  I doubt your mech will know what he is doing unless he has done composite work before (and knows what a spar is).  If my hunch is right, he will end up figuring it out---but you could have done the same.

Instead of giving the plans to someone---just go learn it yourself.  If you feel a little uneasy, then grab another composite guy to help you out.

This may be the last time you punch a hole in the canard----but something else will come up.

The great thing about these airplanes is that you can actually put some sweat equity in it.

Save your mechanic dollars for some more 100LL.

Experimental aviation is not just about flying------it is about enjoying the whole process (including modifying, repairing, etc)

Have fun----the repair part will give you lots of confidence in your abilities.  I am pretty sure you just punctured thru a skin.  If a lot of foam is gone, you will micro in a piece of like foam.  Sand the skin a little more than 2 inches all the way around the puncture.  Micro over the top exposed foam on top.  Wet out the skin around the puncture with epoxy, then lay on the appropriate number of layers of fiberglass with the correct fiber orientation that the plans call out for.

If you did damage shear web or spar, I would ask for help.  The spar would be very hard to damage with a prop blade (at least I think it would---it is pretty solid)
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