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Your basic Cozy

General Construction 22 Jun 2017
FWIW, A while back, a friend sent me some pics of a for-sale Cozy he went to look at.  This one is overseas.  I have done several Tech Counselor inspections and never seen this level of workmanship.  It seems to me that this comes from builders who never made much effort to go see a Rutan design under construction, or see them at fly-ins.  If you look at a lot of them, you think "Hmm, I should do better."   All the vortilons appeared to be installed by cutting the wing.  It seems the owner landed NG up at one point.  The plans fuel gauges; don't see those...
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Nexrad delay can kill you

Flight Planning, Safety & Technique 22 Jun 2017
Saw this accident below where a Columbia trying to penetrate a line of storms apparently lost control killing the pilot and his daughter.  The interesting thing which the report does not emphasize very strongly, is how the pilot could have been tricked by Nexrad delay.  The report says;   "Datalink is not accurate enough or current enough to be safely used for tactical decision making (negotiating a path through a weather hazard area, such as a broken line of thunderstorms). Be aware that onboard weather equipment can inappropriately influence your decision to continue a flig...
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Cleco-saving Tip

Builder Tips 22 Jun 2017
I am repairing a door for a friend's Glasair III kit aircraft.  The door comes in molded inner and outer shells that need to be mated together on the fuselage for best fit.  To do this I setup to use Clecos to hold the shells together, but just before I bonded my friend gave me a tip:  Replace the Clecos with sheet metal screws so you won't trash your $2.00 Clecos and have a much easier time removing them.   Last night I removed all the sheet metal screws and none of my Clecos were damaged or needed to be cleaned.    
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Found a Velocity V-Twin in my backyard!

Introductions, Visits, Sightings & Rides 21 Jun 2017
When running a weekend errand a while ago, I decided to take a quick detour to visit the local airport.  I don't know anyone at this airport beyond a flight instructor, but it's always nice to sit for a while and watch airplanes.   On my way out I passed a lone hangar that I'd never seen open before.  Out of the corner of my eye I thought I recognized the telltale signs of the back-end of a canard aircraft (two vertical stabilizers, pusher prop in the back, etc.)  I circled back and sure enough it was a canard, but this canard was different.  It had two engines in t...
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Bulkhead cutout finishing

Long-EZ 19 Jun 2017
What do builders normally do with the bulkhead cutouts, do they leave the exposed foam or put something like food in the channel for durability?
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Canard Zone discovery...

Introductions, Visits, Sightings & Rides 14 Jun 2017
Stumbled on this site a couple days ago looking for info on the Long_EZE.   I'm 64 and unlikely to build anything but I subscribed to the CP back in the late 70's early 80's until it was finished. Always planed to build...   I flew sailplanes and then power (Cessna 152/172) back then. Never finished getting the power license as I was also racing formula cars. There was one of the early VariEZE's at the airport I flew out of.   Even though it is unlikely I will ever build or fly a Rutan designed canard, I'm still interested. Started racing again a couple years ago, then got to...
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Coffee House 13 Jun 2017
Hi guys, just wondering if there is anybody in Philadelphia area with a LongEz......??
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Vacuum Infusion Demo - 2017

Fly-ins & Events 12 Jun 2017
Just a heads up..... Drop by the Vacuum Infusion Demo at Oshkosh/AirVenture 2017.   In 2015, we built the fuselage for a 82% scale Vought F4U Corsair. In 2016 we built two fuselages. One was for the Star-Lite and the other was the fuselage & strakes for the new single place canard design. This year (2017) we will revisit the Corsair project. The fabrication/infusion of the wing structure for the Corsair will be our primary project.    The lead on this demonstration is Russ Emanis. Russ spent 9 years working for Lockheed Martin overseeing composite processing on the F 22 p...
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Engine Choice

General Engine & Fuel System Topics 08 Jun 2017
I stumbled on this post in a thread about a newly purchased kit with a Mazda Rotary 20B engine and find it quite a noteworthy read:I have said this other places:  These canard airplanes are not good designs with which to experiment with engines.  They glide shallow and land fast and there are no flaps or good drag devices that you can use to assist in picking your landing spot and approach speed.  I have checked guys out in my Cozy and it is the rare person who can set up a decent off-airport landing approach.  It is so easy to be fast with no way to slow down.  Wha...
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Looking for feedback on Raptor by Peter Muller

Coffee House 07 Jun 2017
Hello all. Thanks for having this forum.   I am planning to place a deposit to get in line for a Raptor aircraft, and I would like your opinion on it. I do like all the videos and construction detail that the designer posts weekly, but I guess I am not fully convinced. It is very appealing to me to wait 5 years for a pressurized craft I can use and afford, but I like to hear the opinion - good or bad - from those that actually did this with other planes.   The plan is to have an aircraft we can use for frequent cross country use, like six months traveling per year.   What hav...
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