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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. This EZ today on Ebay today. In Indiana, no canard. Item 264686001437 Ya know, if a builder had the choice of a pristine Vans pre-punched kit or this raw-looking EZ, you couldn't blame him for taking the Vans airplane. Still, at $3800, it is a lot of airplane for the money. I see no reason why it couldn't be filled, finished and be just as nice as any other EZ
  2. Here are some photos posted by Terry Schubert elsewhere showing an oil flow check on an EZ. They are interesting to think about; these are just my opinions. In pic 1, pressure is pushing the surface flow away from the NACA. It is said the action of decellerating the flow [inside the cowl] increases pressure which I would seem to resist inflow. I have seen people add wedges (pink) to better-capture the flow. They say the wedges work but perhaps the pressure buildup is aggravated by insufficient exit area from the cowl. Pic 2 is about what you usually see. I believe pic 3 is a Klaus Savier (Lightspeed) preformed NACA inlet. The Savier idea is nice but it will make it harder to work on firewall stuff. Maybe a removable inlet cone would be better. In pic 4, I doubt the inlet cone does much good. NACA tests said the airflow needs about a 7° or less divergent angle to stay organized which is why a NACA inlet has such a long, shallow floor, Here, the air is probably in-flowing at 100+ knots. It is probably not going to turn the corners of the cone. I put a partial inlet cone in my Cozy--pic 5, the aluminum piece above the inlet--I couldn't see much difference. I am no Dr.-Ing Hoerner but one thing I always remember is that air is heavy and it's going 150kts. It wants to keep going in the same direction.
  3. Saw this question on a FB page. It's a common question by people new to experimentals. Anyone can work on a Experimental airplane, even one you did not originally build. You can rebuild a wing, or an engine (even one that is allegedly "certified" but that's another subject). A similar question often heard is "where does it say anyone can work on a hombuilt airplane?". It is fun say "nowhere" and witness their disbelief. Nevertheless, under 14 CFR §43.1(b)(1), we enjoy freedom from regulation over how we maintain, rebuild or alter our aircraft. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/43.1 However, not so fast. We ARE governed by Operating Limitations issued for the particular airplane that levy an annual condition inspection requirement by an A&P or person with a Repairman Certificate for the airplane, as well as say how to put our aircraft back into service after repairs, so it is not exactly true freedom but reasonably close. Point is, the chap above is free to rebuild his wing himself, re-enter the aircraft into Phase I testing, and when the tests are complete, certify himself that the airplane is safe for flight. To me, this is the true reason for owning an Experimental.
  4. You have to apply some imagination: = "sn n CL 2dy, als ths Ltspd, gd prc" = Seen on CraigsList today, also this Lightspeed good price" 🙂 -------------- Ths CZ 2dy on 'bay. Tub + cnrd. Lks gud, dcnt prc. [Sorry, must remove my mask.] This Cozy on Ebay. Tube + canard in Tennessee. Looks good, decent price. Item # 254553810972 should you wish to pursue it.
  5. LONGEZ 2001 • $43,000 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE • LongEZ2001 505TT LY320 new prop grmn eqp lghtsp ign elec spdbrke nsgr autplt bgpds intrcm whl pnts • Contact Irvine Smith, Owner - located Glade Park, CO United States • Telephone: 352 363 7236 • 352 727 0400 • Posted March 23, 2020 sn n CL 2dy, als ths Ltspd, gd prc 🙂 CD IGNITION • $750 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE • Light Speed Engineering:PlasmaII Electronic Ignition,Complete set-up. Replace 1 mag.863-698 8491 • Contact Craig Muth, - located Mulberry, FL United States • Telephone: 863-698-8491 • Posted March 24, 2020
  6. Seen on FB today. N2617Z https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=2617Z No price, O-320
  7. This EZ today on B-stormers: LONG EZ WITH O-320 • $13,995 • FOR SALE • 75% complete Fuse is on wheels, canopy is glassed and cut out but not finished on the inside. Wings are 80% complete, need tip sails mounted (supplied) and finished on the inner side next to fuse. All the major parts are built. Ronz canard built by Dennis Ollman. Lots of parts go with it, electric pitch trim, nose gear actuator and speed brake. Cozy Girls controls, engine mount, nav lights and power supply etc. Pre made strakes with baffles, Carbon cowl, upper and lower from a Berkut. 1 complete original set of plans. $15,000 with a 500 hour 0-320 out of a Cardinal • Contact Alfred Jones, Owner - located Marthasville, MO United States • Telephone: 3144986982 • Posted March 15, 2020 Not sure of his price. Is it $13,995 or $15,000-with-engine? A not-unreasonable price either way but I suspect the virus is going to make a lot of stuff a lot cheaper.
  8. Coronavirus: I posting to this thread because it gets a lot of hits. Chris Martinson has a PhD and post-doc work in neurotoxicology. He has done a daily youtube on the C-virus but this one is particularly good because it discusses the importance of keeping your virus intake (inoculum) as low as possible in order to give your body time to recognize the virus and build antibodies. Apparently, we are all going to be infected eventually but you don't want a huge inoculum of the virus to start with. If you don't want to watch the whole thing jump in at 14+23. Good luck pals--see you on the other side. 🙂
  9. Bruce, this was an ad I clipped from a FB page. I doubt seller Glover reads this site. If anyone is interested i suppose they’ll have to google him
  10. This EZ seen on FB today. What? you don't have all the airport identifiers memorized? KCNO = Chino, CA. Couldn't find a Long-ez owned by Glover in the Registry.
  11. In the pics I've seen, the bolts through the aluminum angles begin to elongate the holes in the angles, then the angles start to crack. Never seen bolt failure or elongation of the holes in the engine mount tubes but I don't work on other people's airplanes--just look at pics. 🙂 I think it would be hard to convert the plans mount angles to Cozy style firewall mounts. The Cozy has extra layups inside the firewall and outside overlapping the outside of the fuselage. A few pics of the bottom inside here http://forum.canardaviation.com/showpost.php?p=70747&postcount=64 I think the plans EZ mounts are OK, just need to be beefed up. As far a repairs go, I haven't worked on those plans mounts but I would think I'd get in there with a die-grinder and grind away the bad stuff and lay up new angles and glass. I know that has been done a few times.
  12. Today: Cozy iv bathtub, wings & canard, $3,000. Seen at FB Homebuilt Aircraft Exchange posted by FB-er Jerry Nash, in Camano Island, Washington state. Good deal but bring your mask, gloves and bleach sprayer. 🙂
  13. Saw an article about this chap (video) who is pushing a program to train pilots against synthetic aircraft for the military using a Berkut. Interesting. It seems the synthetic airplane is projected in the Berkut pilot's helmet and they fight it out in the air. I wonder who is "flying" the synthetic airplane? The Air Force is 2000 pilots short and having a hard time training enough people fast enough. I don't know why they just can't use simulators which are fantastic these days. In about 1977 I went through an air combat program run by Vought in Dallas. Vought had set up two spheres with a cockpit in each; the opposite aircraft was projected inside the sphere of the other. They could set us up line abreast or head-on and we would go at it. There was not much else to it except a crude ground projection and the opposing aircraft. You would maneuver for a gun or heat-seeker kill. An instructor could sit in a chair beside your cockpit and reverse the last 10 seconds of a fight and show you where you went wrong. Even that was great training (and fun) for basic close-in air combat.
  14. Saw a fellow on FB asking where to buy one of the old Brock gas caps (pic 1). Actually, the one he has can be cleaned up, o-rings replaced, and be as good as new. It was a nice light, inexpensive cap and replacing them is a chore. However, they can be made (pic 2). I did not hollow-out the inside like the Brock cap but it was not too hard to turn down a piece of flat aluminum. Grind a small bit to make the o-ring groove.
  15. This beef-up (pic) is pretty common and seems to be adequate for bigger engines. http://www.longezpush.com/chapter-1423-engine-mount/ Similar mounts here http://www.aryjglantz.com/2017/05/center-section-spar-install.html I have seen steel angles substituted for the aluminum or two 1/4" 2024 angles used. Also mounts made from 1" X 1/8" wall steel tube. A solid piece of steel is welded into the square tube and drilled for an engine mount bolt. Those are probably overkill. The only failures I can recall are overload-cracking of the plans aluminum angles where the 1/4"(?) mount bolts go through the angles. The angles can be removed and replaced.

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