N65TX Posted December 24, 2003 Share Posted December 24, 2003 Hello Canardians, thought I'd stir things up a little: Interested in comments on purchase of LEZ vs. other types of exp (Lancair, Glasair) for light IFR for personal transport. Fly about 250 hrs/annual for business currently. I have been thinking about selling my Mooney for a year or so. I have a large family and access to six seat aircraft so 3rd and 4th seats of the Moooney are not a big loss. so far I have the following: LEZ: - $40-60k for a nice one - simplest of the three (lowest op cost) - best midwest support (EZ Hangar, EAA32) - 165-170 ktas - best type club comraderie (rough river et al) - unusual planform (interesting) - tandem seating good for form - light icing might fall into prop - high landing speeds, 3000' strip or greater Glasair/Lancair - higher purchase price $80-120K - retract/controllable prop, retract gear = >$ - side by side (good for wife, pax) - 180-240 kias? depending on motor - better panel for panel candy - look out for small tail 320/360s neg static stable in ldg config - questionable support on Glasair? Mooney - 155 ktas - very stable, easy to fly partial panel - big panel with a/p, wx900, gps, etc etc - manual gear - 4 seats - smooth airstrips down to 1500' - metal roll cage, good off-field landing history I am especially interested in comments on builder/owner support and flying qualities on the Glasair/Lancair compared to the LEZ/Cozy. My dad's neighbor built a Glasair in the 80s and flying it with him was a little bit of a disappointment esp considering the time and effort (pitch too light, roll too heavy, not fast as advertised). If I got a LEZ, the plan would be to build a 2nd one at my leisure to better understand the craft (and because I like building things) Thanks in advance for comments Bob Miller St.Louis, MO:) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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