MitchSnider Posted March 17, 2008 Share Posted March 17, 2008 I could use some help from the forum if you all have a minute. I am in the market for a really, really good Longez 0-320 (preferably Roncz canard and plain white, no fancy panel needed, reliable airframe and engine) and have budgeted enough to get a nice one by comparing prices of available ones for sale on Barnstormers, Trade-a-Plane, and Controller (it is just that I have called on all and they all have some serious issues for the 0-320s available like crashes, non-standard 28/14 volt electric system, no speed brakes, or years of sitting, no landing lights, etc. and I am budgeting for a good one and not a fix-er-upper). I have sat in one a few years ago and really liked it. I owned an old Varga Kachina for a few years that is also tandem low wing metal plane with sticks that I have flown to Oskosh a few times and Sun-n-Fun every year but it drowned in a hurricane a couple of years ago from a 100 year storm that had no winds but an unexpected 4 foot wall of water. But have really always wanted the Longez. Infinity looked they were going to make a kit and I almost had enough cash to get the Berkut kit when they stopped making them years ago. I have even looked at the Sunshine Dart but plans are not yet available. My reality for the moment is that I will not have time to build one from scratch until I retire in about 11 years and would like to enjoy flying one until I can build my own if I can find the 'right' one. I have been a Deputy Sheriff for 27 years and work a second job nights as a College Professor for Kaplan University online, run our Sheriffs Office Honor Guard Bagpipe Band and am raising a family of teenagers. I have been flying since I was 14 and have almost 600 hours logged. I have subscribed to Kitplanes magazine for the last 20 years. So the best compromise for me is going to be to try and find a well built LongEZ but have always been leery of the gamble you take in how each person built it (the 2000 ways NOT to buy a canard post here for example). I was at Oshkosh and Sun'n'Fun last year and will make a couple of days at Sun'n'Fun this year too. I sat in Nat Puffers Cozy but it is really more airplane than I need and can't really afford a good Berkut unfortunately (but don't need the extra problems dealing with main gear retracts anyway). I always attend the composite workshops at Oskosh/Sun-n-Fun and had to do continuous and extensive maintenance on my old Kachina every month, for which there were no parts available. If any of know of a really good ship available or coming up (I suppose I can wait a few more months as I have waited so long already and did not want to pick from the 3 I see available on Barnstormers or Controller or Trade-a-Plane as they all have some bad issues after I called the owners/builders and did some research on them) I would really appreciate any help and I am not really interested in the Varieze and am pretty strongly biased toward the 0-320 and Roncz because I go about 240#. I just want a good safe, stable frame from maybe someone who is ready to convert to light sport or move up to a Cozy 4 seater and dont need their Longez any more. I will be pretty picky but thanks for any help any of you can give if you know of a reliable one coming up for sale (with original plans so I can make repairs as needed). After 8 years on the waiting list I am also finally number 1 for a hangar at Marathon Airport and they have about 3 openings a year on the average so my timing is good there to be able to have a place to protect and work on it as needed. Cheers, Mitch 'Piper (I play the bagpipes and was the bagpiper for the Oskosh Band at the Theater in the Woods last year)' Snider firstname.lastname@example.org Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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