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    • On 7/17/2024 at 11:00 AM, Aclouston said:

      Holly cow!

      Three canard enthusiasts at Osh. Cameron is currently engulfing my entire "free beer for a hot tip" initiative since he declared and I quote: "usually a gathering of 2", when refering to # of canard lovers at Kosh. Am I in financial trouble mow?😆

      Whoops, my typo! I meant to say a gather OR two, not OF two! 😅

    • Thanks Marc! I'm hoping for an 18 month project!

      She arrived today! There's some parts of the fuselage that are better than I feared. And some that are worse. The sides appear fully intact behind the f22 bulkhead. Strakes are sealed and appear ok at first glance. The biggest surprise is the belly. I think the whole belly between the back of the airbrake to the firewall will need to be rebuilt. Longerons appear ok.

      My Long EZ friends are going to come take a look soon for the "real" inspection!


    • 19 hours ago, Jon Matcho said:

      ...You may indeed be better off building from scratch with the "partial kit" you have available, "cannibalizing" as many parts from the project-plane you have while building a new plane...

      With all due respect to the folks claiming that you can build a plane from scratch in the same or less time than it would take to rebuild this one, that's nonsense. Other than Kent, none of the folks responding have built a Long-EZ, much less repaired a severely damaged one, nor do they work on these planes for a living, repairing multiple aircraft damaged as much as this one.

      Depending upon the exact level of damage, which is a bit hard to discern from your pictures but basically seems to be restricted to the lower wingtips, the nose, and I ASSUME the landing gear attachment area, you've got maybe 500 - 1000 hours of work total in front of you. Building a new plane is 3X - 5X that.

      Putting on new lower winglets is two weekends. Repairing the nose structure is a couple of months. Repairing the landing gear mounting structure is another couple of months. Replacing the IP, electrical system, etc. is a few more months. Give the whole process a year and a half, if you can work on it a reasonable amount every week.

      There are certainly airplanes I've inspected where the damage (or just crappy build quality) indicated that a chainsaw was the correct remediation and building new would be faster and higher quality than a repair. This plane is most certainly NOT one of those.

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    • I am in agreement with starting anew. It is a tough pill to take when you realize the time to fix something is equivalent to just starting from scratch. Ask me how I know these things.
      A lot of time can be wasted on figuring out how to correct a problem when one can just follow the directions and build without exercises in frustration. 

    • On 7/13/2024 at 6:56 PM, kaylee s said:

      First post here. I have just purchased Long EZ N97EZ, originally built by Joe Lacour in the 80's. 97EZ went down in a field in 2010 after an engine failure. She's changed hands a few times since then, but nobody has started to rebuild her yet.

      Quite an ambitious project to start with, but nothing is impossible. I'm curious where the first Sawzall cut will be, but I'm sure you're going to think on that for a bit. Maybe the roughest area first, but there's no manual for where to begin. Good thing you're a mechanical engineer.

      I just reread Kent's original reply after looking at your pictures. You may indeed be better off building from scratch with the "partial kit" you have available, "cannibalizing" as many parts from the project-plane you have while building a new plane. This will also teach you the skills and knowledge you need to do the rebuild you're considering doing right now.

      I just took another look at your pictures. Personally, I would build a new Long-EZ for a few reasons:

      1. Comparable effort.
      2. Unknown damage.
        1. Do you need a new engine mount?
        2. Where are ALL of the cracks?
        3. Are all bulkheads intact?
        4. What looks good, but is now bent and out-of-spec?
      3. You already have several parts (new and several used components and fixtures).
      4. Opportunity to modernize all systems.
      5. It's not an award winner right now.
      6. Valuable skills and knowledge to last your entire life.


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