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Huh, why is Nate selling his plane?

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12 hours ago, velopilot said:

To be clear: N316NM.  He has done a nice job of marketing it on in his blog, compared to the losers that make you beg for pics.  I think the white interior is a mistake; in my experience, white will reflect into the canopy and it gets dirty but a $95K buyer can have his valet tidy it up.  🙂  I was very interested to see the downdraft cooling (pic 1,2) but the cowl opening could be reduced by half, I expect, and make it even faster.  Compare to pic 3

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I see that the ebay Cozy project posted recently is reduced to $6000, i.e., this one.    https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=62905  Another Picasso-on-the-curb.

 

  

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On 2/4/2019 at 9:07 AM, Kent Ashton said:

Today on Ebay:  Wing cores in Canada.  Item   132940500989.  I see that Eureka says it is no longer stocking foam.  It appears they may be getting out of the business; I would not surprised given the dismal level of building these days   http://www.eurekacnc.com/Home.htm   Anyway $3000 for cores does not sound that cheap to me and cutting cores is a fun exercise.  I recently saw foam at a nearby insulation company (pics 2,3).  This stuff, I think:  http://www.qualityfoam.com/docs/trymer-2000-xp.pdf   The gent said he would sell it for about $100 a bun vs. $218 at ACS.  I love a gouge like that!

Just for those who aren't tracking, 3000 CAD is only 2281 USD.

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On 1/10/2019 at 9:07 PM, Kent Ashton said:

Let us know what you think of N44TJ but when a seller is demanding de-registration and you know the engine has problems....🙂

44TJ was highly recommended to me from the guys at RAFE. I went to them to get dual instruction in their Speed Canard early in the year. The RAFE borrowed it for 1.5 years, gave demo flights in it (25 hours worth, according to the log book), and the seller is also a Southeastern regional rep for RAFE. All of the RAFE and EZ Jet guys who were were familiar with the plane gave it a great recommendation. 

I looked at 44TJ about every weekend for the last month; compression test, oil analysis, multiple airframe inspections, etc. Long story short, nothing that the guy in September said was true, except that the plane has a GU Canard. According to RZ of RAFE and the seller, this one does not have any unpredictable tendencies in the rain.

The seller did not demand de-registration, but encouraged me to keep it as 44TJ because it's easier to re-register and "it would warm my heart to see 44TJ at Sun N Fun again."

Long story short, I flew it home yesterday. It made the 400 mile trip without a hiccup. Seller also threw in a lot of extras including a set of wheels pants, a powder coated 320 mount, the original plans (#17), every receipt, a build photo album, some specialty tools, tons of miscellaneous spare parts, etc.

It's not as fast as I'd hoped, but upon further research, with no pants, a 235, and a climb prop, it's right where it should be.

Sorry, not trying to hijack this thread, just responding to Kent's request to let you all know what I thought about it! ;)

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I hope it works well for you but how did you get around the metal in the oil?  Are you going to re-engine?  The GU canard can be OK.  Some of them are less affected by moisture than others, I hear.   Post some pics.  The original PDF ad has expired.

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OT:  I was look at all the clouds in the your pic.  I bet every one of them was generated by an airplane contrail.  Folks have said that after 9-11 when the airlines were grounded, the skies were  unusually cloud-free.

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3 hours ago, Kent Ashton said:

I hope it works well for you but how did you get around the metal in the oil?  Are you going to re-engine?  The GU canard can be OK.  Some of them are less affected by moisture than others, I hear.   Post some pics.  The original PDF ad has expired.

There was no metal in the oil. The oil analysis I got said there was an elevated level of aluminum, probably due to inactivity, which was true (The plane hasn't been flown much since July), and chromium, and the plane just got a top overhaul 50 hours ago with new chrome cylinders. But both of the chromium and aluminum levels weren't alarming, just above average. All of the oil readings from the PDF were absolutely nothing like the oil analysis I got from my analysis. I've been in and out of the used car business for years and I've seen some shady dealings. It wouldn't surprise me if the buyer purposely sent in a known bad sample in order to talk the seller down from his initial price. He has only posted the bad info about the plane on this forum and hasn't been back; doesn't lend much credibility to his claim. I've also build MANY race car engines, so I did as much of an analysis as I could before I sent the sample.

The seller did say he wouldn't sell it to the last 2 buyers because "they were the know it all type", so maybe there was some friction between the buyer and seller??

I do want to reupholster the seats, but I'll keep it as-is for now.

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Yesterday's B-stormers.  A very unappetizing ad, likely overpriced and with no pics.  I don't know why I bother but . . .  

 VARIEZE • $6,000 • CLEANING OUT THE BARN  Varieze project with 0200 older overhauled.75 percent done .pictures on request • Contact William R. Rhymer, Owner - located Joplin, MO USA • Telephone: 1 417 529 6086 • Posted February 9, 2019

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Yep, selling my BD-5 project.  I bought one of the first kits in about 1971 as a Lieutenant.  Worked on the wings and realized I needed more shop than I had at that time and sold it.  Just before retirement another pilot had this unstarted kit and I heard the siren call again.   Over time, I came to realize that the prop version was not a very good idea however jet engines have come down in price.  It could easily be finished as a jet but not by me.  I am not sure my build quality justifies the cost.  Well, water under the bridge.  The second pic is the nose I rebuilt recently; the original one was off center.  It will give you an idea of what it's like to build one of those things.  All the parts you see had to be built from plans except the preformed skins and the NG strut.  It was a great airplane for learning metal-working but not as easy as Jim Bede let on.  Other pics here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/85325364@N02/

BD-5  MAKE OFFER  BD-5B (long wings) on the gear with Kauth redrive (unobtanium), Riblett wings, FULL plans, newsletters, PCNs, hardware, jigs, pilot manual builder pics and supporting documents. Contact me for a full description and pictures. I will advertise here for a couple of months and take the best offer. • Contact Kent J. Ashton, Owner - located Concord, NC USA • Telephone: 704-784-1874 • Posted February 12, 2019

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Open to trade or sell - 2008 SQ2000 - Currently @ CHINO

LYC IO360 200hp 54 hrs since zero timed OH 2006. This is 3rd canard aircraft by builder. 1st flew in 2009, last flew in Dec 2018. Always stored in Hanger since new. SQ2000 is the most aerodynamic and best looking of the 4 place canards. It's a little shorter in height and a little wider & faster than the other, like aircraft. The seats sit low on the floor, you don't loose any headroom.

 
Bill Oertel is the west coast canard expert and he has completely gone through this SQ and corrected any safety issues/concerns. Installed single Plasma III lightspeed elec ignition. Left side is still Mag.
 
New tires
new brakes, 
New oil change
redone baffling, 
engine wiring harness cleaned up, 
Deleted vacuum system for weight savings 
New battery
New Wilhemsen elec nose gear motor
Incidence reset properly against another SQ
 
Rudders are setup for 6'-6'4 pilot
 
Garmin 295
King Radio
King KT76a Transponder
 
Added Dynon Skyview 10" touch EFIS - $10k value - will come with latest databases
Full Annual Inspection complete Dec 18 and flown Dec 18 - By Oertel
Full Logs included
 
Flight characteristics - had a bit of a dutch roll, Bill is recommending new CozyIV wings get fitted, the factory molded wings ran heavy 120lbs per wing.
 
Total empty weight is 1500lbs with dual 30AH batteries and full weight & balance done.  New wings would lower that 120lbs. Max gross is 2,300lbs
 
I have over $56k into it, willing to trade at $50k value.
 
djbreslin@gmail.com
 

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Do you use updraft cooling?  If so your flexible baffles are pointing in the wrong direction.

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I do use updraft cooling Kent, The air comes up through the bottom of the block so when the cowling sits in top of the baffling they are held in position perfectly. We have tested the temps in flight and all CHTs are well below 390s at full throttle.

Cameron, This SQ is not specifically mentioned in that post... looks like a rant about how SQs can't be safe because there aren't enough flying. Not a great argument in my opinion. I know of another one flying @ KAJO and it's a great safe plane. It just never took off because the company was scamming ppl, which doesn't mean their kits were unsafe or not a decent design. The accidents that have occurred have nothing to do with the SQ design.

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55 minutes ago, sdtrojan said:

I do use updraft cooling Kent, The air comes up through the bottom of the block so when the cowling sits in top of the baffling they are held in position perfectly. We have tested the temps in flight and all CHTs are well below 390s at full throttle.

Post a pic of your lower cowl plz.  I can’t visualize how that would work. Most of the SQs i see in google images seem to have a standard updraft into a plenum, then up through the bottom of the fins and out.

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Two Variezes today, N88ED, no pics.    https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInquiry/NNum_results.aspx?NNumbertxt=88ED

VARIEZE • $18,000 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE  Well built. O-200, glass cockpit, empty wt 640lbs, night eqp, oil filter, approx 1760ttaf. OBO • Contact Jeff Martin, Owner - located Fayetteville, GA USA • Telephone: 3107224555 • Posted February 13, 2019

and this one not far from me on Craigslist  https://charlotte.craigslist.org/avo/d/garner-varieze/6818236430.html   https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=45790

N45790  Couple of pics in the ad.  Seller wants $17,000.  says:  Air brakeContinental C-90,  Hand crank nose wheel,  Trims out nicely in flight,  I have installed a light weight starter,  Call or text No voicemails
 

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