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Hey guys,

There is an SQ2000 available in California with a low time IO-360.  Empty weight is 1460 so it looks like its a little on the heavy side, but I don't plan on putting a bunch of people in it so that may not be a big deal. The reason I am posting here is to see what people think about the build quality and potential airworthiness.  Here is the link, tell me your thoughts.  Does anyone think this thing is a death trap?

Also I might want to go fly with a current cozy or long ez pilot before I ferry this thing, so any current pilots willing to let me fly with them let me know.

-Ryan

 

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On 8/1/2020 at 1:39 PM, flyboyn222pa said:

Hey guys,

There is an SQ2000 available in California with a low time IO-360.  Empty weight is 1460 so it looks like its a little on the heavy side, but I don't plan on putting a bunch of people in it so that may not be a big deal. The reason I am posting here is to see what people think about the build quality and potential airworthiness.  Here is the link, tell me your thoughts.  Does anyone think this thing is a death trap?

Also I might want to go fly with a current cozy or long ez pilot before I ferry this thing, so any current pilots willing to let me fly with them let me know.

-Ryan

 

Hi Ryan, I have a SQ2000 in Corona CA and love it. I know about the plane in San Diego, it was in my hanger for about 5 months. My thoughts about that airplane is to stay clear of it. It needs some work, they are talking about replacing the wings. Marc Zeitlin wrote about it and I agree with what he said. I am not here to bad mouth anyone, but be careful about the workmanship on that plane. Read Marc’s comments. My SQ is great aircraft, I was fortunate to buy the plane in Florida. The workmanship is outstanding. I flew it across country and had no problems. I have 97 hours on her now.  Kevin King

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Looks really nice, Kevin. If you feel inclined to share more photos and information, myself and I'm sure others would be interested to see! The SQ is a rare bird!

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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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Thanks!

Is that wide-set gear SQ standard? I've only seen that once before on the Stagger-EZ, but I may have missed it.

What is the fuel capacity with the smaller strakes?

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

(GMT+12)

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When It was being built there was problems with the retractable landing gear. The retract mechanism was hanging up in the wheel wells. Norm Caruana the builder and owner decided to remove the retractable landing gear and install fixed gear. You don’t have to worry about it not coming down. The gear is 12.5 feet wide, and very stable. We hold 54 gallons of fuel, and we are cruising around 180 MPH. I want to install wheel pants soon, that should help with a little more speed. I have a Prince carbon fiber prop, with P tips. It is 82x65. We also installed a Master Balancer on the fly wheel and it is outstanding. Thanks for your interest.    Kevin 

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Those were installed to help with airflow across the ailerons at slow speeds. When Norm Caruana the builder test flew the plane, he stated that at slow speeds the ailerons were  sluggish. Sam a test pilot for  velocity aircraft was flying with Norm and recommend the fences. Problem solved and handles very good at slow speeds. Really the only time I am flying slow is landing, we try to touch down at 75 knots, and still have aileron control.

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