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    Kent Ashton
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    Concord, NC
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    retired USAF

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    1000+hrs, Cozy III, IV, Long-ez

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    Cozy Mark IV
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    Ellison carb, 2 LSE igns
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  1. Kent Ashton

    Kent's Long-EZ project

    The wrap on the CHT probes is a fiberglass braid that came on the probes so I used it. It is tie-wrapped to intake tubes in the pic so the extra braid is probably not really needed and it absorbs oil. Since then I make my own CHT probes using fiberglass-wrapped wires. It is pretty tough stuff. https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/18661-kents-long-ez-project/?do=findComment&comment=61850 The caulk is GE Silicone II https://www.acehardware.com/departments/paint-and-supplies/caulk-and-sealants/caulk/1092691 Clean the fins first with some lacquer thinner or acetone Squeegee the caulk into a layer of BID between plastic, cut to fit and stick it place. . It will stick well and can be trimmed with a razor knife. Yes, two Lightspeeds. I have been thinking about going to Earth-X batteries and save 40 lbs but they are SO expensive. Still, they're said to outlast 3 of the SLA batteries.
  2. Kent Ashton

    Kent's Long-EZ project

    My Uavionix EchoUAT and SkyFYX-EXT are showing targets but apparently I am not putting out data. I thought maybe the problem was old software in the Garmin 327 but $180 and a software update later, no joy. I have asked Uavionix--waiting for a reply. It somewhat frustrating that there is no troubleshooting information on their site. It could possibly be a wrong setting in the App. Greensboro approach told me my UAT was working but I can't generate a performance report. ------------------ Odds and ends: (1) How many times have you installed the flywheel and prop extension, maybe the prop too, and --duh!--you forgot the alternator belt? (2) Here is how much fin space I allow on the bottom of the cylinders; seems to be about right. (3) A picture of a wrap made of silicone sealant from the home stores. It holds up well there. Even around exhaust pipes, it will last a long time before it gets old and cracks. (4) A method of attaching the additional filter and fuel lines on an Ellison. I installed the fittings, then packed the tube with sand and bent it. You could try to freeze water in the tube or use an alloy made for bending tubes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood's_metal If you use sand, pull a cloth through the tube to get it all out. (5) I like this quick way of attaching wires to engine mount tubes: a wrap of baffle seal material and a tie-wrap. (6) Finally, I am working on a spare 2-blade prop for the Cozy.
  3. Kent Ashton

    Considering Long...

    I have seen the ad on that one (N8HA) but never see any pics or info. https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=62563 I suppose his price for an '86 O-235 airplane ($32K) could be reasonable but she (his wife apparently) has been trying to sell it since October. I just shake my head when the the seller doesn't post any pics. Here is a post on how to find other canard owners that might know about the airplane or would look at if for you https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/33309-varieze-builderpilot-wanted/?do=findComment&comment=63092 Lots of canard flyers in the S. Cal. area and they meet regularly at Chino for breakfast.
  4. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    This Varieze project in Missouri today. No pics: 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 March 16, 2019 His January Barnstormers ad was asking $5,500.
  5. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    The Ramirez-Florida-Aerocanard project here has reportedly sold. https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=63031 I sold my BD-5 project too. Chap coming in a few hours to pick it up. https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=62990
  6. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    This Varieze today. I could not track down an N-number. Crete is just S. of Chicago. SUPER NICE VARIEZE • $25,000 • AVAILABLE • Excellent condition, new paint, new interior cont 0-200 SMOH 752hrs tt, plane 569hrs tt Call or text • Contact Felipe Gonzalez, Owner - located Crete, IL USA • Telephone: 7735718138 • Posted March 13, 2019
  7. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    This on Barnstormers, N8HA LONGEZ • $32,000 • BACK ON THE MARKET • LongEZ reupholstered seats. Call for details. Recent annual done • Contact William D. Day, Owner - located Talent, OR USA • Telephone: 541-890-6676 • Posted March 12, 2019 https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=8HA First seen here back in October https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=62563 No info, no pics, no sale. 😞
  8. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Ah, the Picasso-on-the-curb has been to the Antiques Road Show. I'm expect an ad for a $50,000 Long-ez but maybe showing up on her doorstep with 1000 $20s would look pretty good. From the same heir this morning:
  9. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Yeah, you and a dozen others! At this point, it's still a-pig-in-a-poke. No price, no information, no idea about the avionics. It appears to have a Hertzler prop but old 4-into-2 exhausts. A lot depends on the model engine and hours. The idea of getting a cheap airplane at an estate sale is enticing but I wouldn't drive from Minnesota without better info--especially with a dozen wolves growling over the carcass. Be patient, you will find one in your neighborhood.
  10. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Pew, active day. I'm exhausted. This Varieze N924FS No pics. https://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N924FS VARIEZE • $18,000 • FOR SALE • 2015 Varieze. Sold W/O engine. 2015 Sun & Fun Grand Champ, Glass panel. Call for pics and details • Contact Joe Bryant, Owner - located Seattle, WA USA • Telephone: 206-788-5413 • Posted March 11, 2019 and this Dragonfly w/ pics N103AW https://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N103AW DRAGONFLY MK II HOOP • $8,000 • AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE SALE • Dragonfly ARF. Great Plains 2180 / Ellison throttle body. It was a flying aircraft with only five hours on it. Excellent workmanship. Needs paint and wiring. Engine starts easily and runs great. Panel is setup for a tablet based EFIS and Avmap GPS. GPS included with sale.I was going to use this setup with a backup airspeed. I have the steam gauges that came with it. I have pretty much everything to get the airplane back together and flying again except radio and transponder. It could be flying in a very short time. 8K OBO. The first picture is before it was disassembled and sanded. • Contact Len Shockley, Owner - located Talbott, TN USA • Telephone: 931-881-4133 • Posted March 11, 2019
  11. Kent Ashton

    VariEze builder/pilot wanted.

    Gonna turn this into a sticky on how to find canard owners. 1. First try the member search page here for your state. That is not a great method because the membership list never gets pruned and members often do not identify their state. https://www.canardzone.com/search/?type=core_members&joinedDate=any&group[4]=1&group[3]=1&group[12]=1&group[10]=1&group[6]=1&group[9]=1&group[16]=1 The following sites also have member search pages. They are not very active now and canardcommunity has been closed for a few years but you might get lucky. https://www.canardaviation.com https://www.canardcommunity.com 2. Join the Cozybuilders Google Group and/or the CanardAviators Yahoo group. They are fairly active and you will often get a reply to your message. The two groups are also somewhat redundant. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/cozy_builders https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/canard-aviators/info 3. The Central States Association is an well-known canard group that publishes a member directory. The owner also publishes an interesting newsletter. https://www.canardzone.com/csa/csa.html/ 4. David Orr is getting a lot of members to his Squadron III group and he publishes an email newsletter. https://www.facebook.com/SoCalEzGroupSquadronIII/ 5. You can also search the FAA registry by model and bring up names and addresses. Most owners are pretty happy to show you their airplanes. https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/ 6. EAA chapters in your state usually know who is flying what kind of airplane. If you contact Chapter Presidents, they might give you a contact. https://www.eaa.org/eaa/eaa-chapters/find-an-eaa-chapter 7. Rough River (Kentucky) is a pretty big Fall flyin for canards. Might be worth a visit. https://roughriver.org 8. Then there is (yuck) Facebook. You're on your own there. 🙂
  12. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Seen today on FB. Seller in Spanaway, Washington. Only two pics but you can track her down
  13. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Seen today on the Cozybuilders list near Allentown, PA. PDF parts list below. Over $9,000 in parts & materials. Quite a nice deal: Cozy MKIV Parts.pdf
  14. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    I wonder about the ability to rotate or suffer a dropped-in landing without hitting the prop. It depends on the position of the axles, the prop tip and the deck angle. I would like to see a full photo with the engine in place. --------- Off topic: My BD-5 sale pics you might find interesting. https://www.flickr.com/photos/85325364@N02/ Don't reply in this thread, plz
  15. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Seen today on FB. This builder posted extensively about his project on canardaviators.com and his builder page is https://sites.google.com/site/garagerocket/home?pli=1&fbclid=IwAR2JdQdecASSpW7lw0tpELhQ-lblWKIO-PqjsyDx01_hi89IhtJnODfWlnk Be sure to check his links to pictures at the bottom of that page. He says Yeah, "serious only" is right.