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My VariEze - N40LC

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Doesn't look so bad to me! 😎


Aerocanard (modified) SN:ACPB-0226 (Chapter 8)

Canardspeed.com (my build log and more; usually lags behind actual progress)
Flight simulator (X-plane) flight model master: X-Aerodynamics

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I started my trip back to MN today.  Flew from Covington, TN (M04) to Washington, MO (KFYG) to Ames, IA (KAMW). Visiting my son tonight, then headed to KLVN in the morning.

These are unbelievable flying machines.  It will be tough to get back into my Cherokee 140.

 

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I have had my VariEze N40LC home now for a month and have put another 10 hours on. Weather was difficult for the first few weeks, but has been much better the last two.  The hard winter will set in soon so the flying days will be limited in the next 2-3 months.

This thing is a joy to fly!  Thanks to everyone who helped along the way to get N40LC back in the air.  

For anyone out there desiring a VariEze, Long-Ez, Cozy, etc.  Do not be afraid to find a completed/flying plane or one that has sat for awhile and get it back in the air.  There are plenty of knowledgeable people on here that can help you make good decisions.  I was lucky to find a well-built VariEze that had not flown for 16 years.  Structurally, it was exceptional.  I put the time and effort into ensuring the engine and electrical were cleaned up and reliable. New mags, carb, fuel lines, plugs, harness, starter, etc.  It is running really well.

Many people helped along the way to make decisions:  I met Marc Zeitlin in CA and he provided great background and insight as to what to pay attention to on a VariEze.  While there I met Mike Melvill and he shared all kinds of stories of the first flights in Rutan designed aircraft.  He was happy to hear I had bought an "antique".   Robert Harris and his crew at JetGuys were phenomenal with advice and working through my condition inspection and some upgrades.  They can truly do ANYTHING you need with a canard.  Ryszard Zadow provided exceptional transition training for me and the test flight of N40LC.  Several on this board provided various items of advice and suggestions.  There are many people who more than willing to help you make your choices.

The resources and planes are out there.  Some are really low cost.  Go find one and get to it!  I am glad I jumped on my instinct to purchase N40LC.  I am hoping for a few more flights before we get snowed in for the winter.

As a side note, after about 20 hours in the VariEze, I took my Cherokee 140 up for a flight this past weekend.  I literally felt like I was hovering on approach and landing, as if almost in a STOL competition.  Quite a difference... 

 

 

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Howdy,

Was just curious, does your Vari have nav lights for night ops?  That is one mod I would be interested in doing if I end up with a Vari.

Enjoy seeing your progress and yes, it is giving me idea.  Keep up the awesome progress.

Cheers

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Hi Brian,

what is to length of your canard? I know, I know, awkward for one dude to ask another dude a length question......lol!

 

I recently read in an issue of CP, cutting them down from the plans length of 150” down to 142” due to a CG issue.  I am looking at a local Vari and in looking at the most recent W&B, it’s a little portly at 738 pounds.  I am still trying to understand the W&B tables in the manual.

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Hello!  Mine is at the 142" length.  The original builder modified it when the CP came out.  I also have the cuffs on the wings.  Flies great!

My VariEze was repainted before I bought it, but the original paint was not removed.  I added a starter and oil filter adapter to the O-200, and a few pounds in new wiring for the starter, etc.   

My empty weight (with oil in the engine) is at 712# with nose ballast for balance.  I have only flown solo and it is quick to get off the ground and I can land short if needed.

I am excited for spring to come to get more hours in each week.  We have been in the teens and below in MN for the last 3-4 weeks.  I don't have heat and the feet freeze up quick.

 

 

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Hello,

 

Regarding the original gear level, does the lever or lever end interfere in any way with the pilot in normal seated position when the gear is retracted? 

I'm not seeing this properly perhaps in the two photos I have been able to locate regarding that lever.

Thanks,

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The original version (which I had) did interfere with my right leg.  The rod pulled back about 8"-10", and then you would slide it over to the right side into a locked position.  This would dig into my right thigh.  A later revision (see CP14, page 7), introduced a spring loaded lock that eliminated the need to slide it to the right.  This would be a good update if you are keeping the pushrod.  I ended up installed the hand-crank worm-gear drive when I was at Covington in November.  I had a brand new worm-gear unit still in the box, and it was a quick swap.

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