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    I think most quickie pilots will agree that the plane is fine except for the powerplant. Kohler was the first industrial engine mfgr. to come up with a 90 degree twin, so that's what I used. Midwest Super Cubs (MSC) has a long history of making these engines perform reliably so the basic CH 25 (25 hp) was slightly modified: factory iron flywheel replaced with one duplicated in 6061 Al; crankshaft extension machined from 7071 Al; power take off is from flywheel end in order to keep cooling airflow as designed and reduce torsional harmonics; governor assembly removed; aluminum intake manifold replaced with plastic one from MSC' ground-adjustable main jet from MSC rotating assembly balanced, cam ground, heads ported & matched by MSC; all metal parts except flywheel (has magnets) cryogenically treated by Cryogenics International; Earls Performance oil cooler; CH18 coils substituted for the CH25 Smart Spark so that engine can run without battery; This Quickie had 300 hours with the Onan, and so far has 18 with the CH 25. Climbs 600 fpm @ 69 kias, gets over 100 mpg @ 73kias, goes 103 kias at 3600 rpm using 1.5 gph. the firewall forward weighs 1 pound more than the Onan did, and has an electric starter. Briggs, Honda, Subaru, and now Yamaha all make a similar engine. Kawasaki's is water-cooled. Hopefully folks will use one of these engines and get the Quickie fleet flying again!.
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    It's HERE!!! That was WAY too long to wait for a delivery. I kept my cool (even though three times I almost went down and got it myself!). The guy was a nice guy and all - but a communications conscious, he was not. I finally got a call from him - but it was that his truck broke and he is jack knifed on the freeway (of a 3 day weekend - eveyone must have loved that too!). No injuries - a little trailer rash - but it is now here! I have started the punch list. First thing is to address the landing gear mains. Met a guy at Rough River - but lost his name in my phone (I put it with some clever reminder - like varieze or SOMETHING) - he said he has an extra main for the varieze... Now to figure out who it was and how to get it! As the shipper was late and I was due out of town - as soon as he was unloaded - I was on the road. I never even got 2 sec. to look at it then. I spent the next 2 days out of town - dieing to get back to the bird. Sunday night I returned - and spent til 3 am cleaning and looking things over. I was especially interested in the wing attach points. They were in excelent condition and no cracks or separation between the alum. and the skin. It looks epoxy coated (prior to install?) - the plane was completed in 95, so I HOPE that the builder (Ricky Wilson) stayed up with the CSA and RAF newsletter... I might have less of an engine than promised (complete being overhauled) - I am still inventorying all that and will ask if there is a missing box (I know I am missing one set of rockers, one piston and rings, two piston rods, several plates and accessories. The boxes were not "grouped" in a way. I found pistons with engine bolts and 3 engine mounts... stuff like that. Stay tuned, that part could get expensive ( 0200)/ The plane seems to be well built. the areas of cloth that I can see seem to be nice straight bid. Fit and finish is probably 7-8 (I am critical - I would say it was as nice as 90% that I saw at rough river (the rest were even better done). I need to figure out how best to document the work - and then link it back here in this forum. It is raining here - so good weather to be fiddling around!
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    Breaking news! He lowered his price to $117,000 in today's ad. Here is one closer to the ballpark. Appears to be N504WB which Cox bought earlier in this thread https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=49101 1984 LONG-EZ • $24,900 • ACCEPTING OFFERS • 0-235-L2C Clean light airplane. Fresh annual, xponder check. New G5, aera 660, GDL39 3D 1200TTAF&E • Contact Chris Cox - 21 VICTOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, INC., Owner - located Hampton, GA USA • Telephone: 404-697-3069 • Posted November 12, 2018 https://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N504WB
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    I flew my Velocity for about 15 hours with the Mazda. It was smooth and fast. I used the inflight adjustable IVO prop. I even had cooling licked. However, I was having to tinker a lot. The first time I took it out of the pattern to a nearby airport, I lost the engine when about to enter the pattern....came down fast, with the wind, threw down the speed brake and even remembered to use the rudders as "brakes". No injury and no damage....even started back up and taxied to the tie down. While that turned out to be a clogged fuel line and not specifically rotary related, it did give me pause. So, at around that time I had some money fall out of the sky, so before I did something stupid with it like invest or pay off bills, I bought an aircraft engine (that's another story where since I mentioned I had turboed the rotary, the guy convinced me to go with the Continental TSIO-360..... then the cost increased by about $10K...to almost the point of a new Superior .... or flavor of the day....took over a year for delivery and THEN the A&P went to federal prison for selling an unairworthy prop as airworthy......but that's another story) I still like the rotary, a lot. However, I put a LOT of time in figuring things out. With my knowledge today, I think I could get it to work as a good alternative engine. But, that's after years and years of trial and error. One of my key factors in finally abandoning the rotary, other than realizing my original goal was to have what I hope to be a safe and reliable airplane and not just prove the rotary as a viable option, was the retirement of Tracy Crook, the maker of the PSRU and electronics. Tracy was the first to tell you his stuff was not plug and play...and boy, did that turn out to be true. My ignorance combined with that created a large learning curve. Dont get me wrong, even with some serious frustration, I really enjoyed the process. Still do. I crave going out and working at the hangar. It would have been easier, and I would have likely been flying the last several years if I had not convinced myself that spending a bit over a period of time on the rotary made sense. I should have likely just saved during that same period of time and bought a Lyc instead. Hopefully soon, I will fire up the Conti for the first time and hopefully, and with solid learning and experience, I will have that fast, cool, safe and reliable Velocity I crave. All the best, Chris Barber Houston
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    Well look, Cameron, what you're doing is interesting and do what makes you happy--I do-- but I would like to convince you you're adding hours to the build for no "good" reason. The stresses on those parts are will within non-postcure tolerances. For one thing, there is no way to know how strong the structure was as-designed. Maybe it was already strong enough to take loads that are 150% of design. That seems to be the case with canards that got tested to failure. Let's say you'll add another 2-5% strength to a structure that's already 50% stronger than needed. All you've done is wasted your time Your kids will grow up fast. My Son was an 8th grader when I started building. By the time I was flying he was in college and the flying I anticipated with him never happened. I see that you joined Canard Aviation in June 2012 it was in June 2014 that a wet-behind-the-ears-Voidhawk first asked about materials in your hemisphere http://forum.canardaviation.com/showpost.php?p=74868&postcount=1 so it has been 6.5 years since you became interested in building. Don't get mad at me. I am only interested in seeing people finish their projects and get flying. ? There are too many builders sitting on fantastic unfinished projects or they put 250 hours on them and age-out of flying. Good luck, my friend.
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    Tub complete (except a few touch-ups and repair to the rotisserie mounting holes). Taking a test-flight with my 3 boys: Intending to get started on the centre section spar next, as I have all the materials needed to do so already.
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    The November 2018 canard desktop calendar is ready for download.As always: Thanks a lot for the many beautiful pictures I have received so far. I’m still looking for new pictures, if you have pictures to share, please send them over to me. I need as large resolution as possible. My bandwidth is no problem, so don’t be afraid to send over large images!Safe flying (and building!)!Here is the link: http://ljosnes.no/co...anard-calendar/
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    Finished and hung canard, more nose jobs, built a more level work table, finished main spar, working on a wing. I figure the wings will carry me through December. Really wish I could edit and update the original post Workshop - https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZeSadwPXxhp5fqH82 Ch 13 Nose - https://photos.app.goo.gl/WztpLQceG5D2hcmv6 Ch 14 Main Spar - https://photos.app.goo.gl/w6SxSRVufFpoP1X8A Ch 19 Wings - https://photos.app.goo.gl/fCTHXWsMsK5KeJqo7
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    Normally AN8 1/2-20 is 480 - 500 in. lbs. for tension or 290 - 410 in. lbs. I am certain the rubber bushing will smoosh much sooner than the bolt stretches... but, yeah, 40 in. lbs. always seemed low... but I am also surprised how many wings are held on by just 2-3 AN6 bolts (in shear) - but that is 76k psi load... I follow what works (but always question it twice (and verify 3 times)).
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    Kitplanes posted their 2017 engines buyers guide article as a teaser for their upcoming 2018 buyers guide. I found it to be an interesting read. http://www.kitplanes.com/issues/34_2/engine_directory/2017-Engine-Buyers-Guide_21730-1.html


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