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Kent Ashton

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  1. A rollover seen on FB (pics 1,2). Credit Bob Hutter. It is fun to see how people do these things. The 3rd pic is what I built for my Long-ez. I found that making the longeron angles in four pieces allowed it to warp a bit when welding--better and stouter to have continuous angles at the sides, I think. If I was building one again, I would put some strips of Fiberfrax on the longerons to protect the glass before tacking it up. Also plan a recess for the angles before glassing the wood longerons. I like these better than the composite rollovers I see. You can weld mounts for a GPS or GoPro and they make a good grab-bar for getting out of the back seat.
  2. Fuel valve maintenance: I use the cheap Weatherhead fuel valves ($27 vs $200+ for the high-buck valve) but they require maintenance. There is a deldrin(?) spool in the valve that will begin to stick after a few years and the valve will become hard to turn. Folks who ignore it have found the valve will jam, then you crash. 😞 To prevent that, I burn most of the gas out of my tanks and prop the airplane nose up so I can take the top off the valve without spilling fuel. Then use a tiny smear of Fuel Lube or EZTurn on the spool. A small tube of lube is a multi-lifetime supply. The first time I lubed the spool, I used too much lube and found bits of it later in the gascolator screen. It does not dissolve in fuel and can gum up the screen. It only needs to be lubed about every 5-8 years. Prop is taking shape. I am finding it a fair bit harder to carve a tapered prop (pic 3) versus the last one with a straight trailing edge (pic 4). With the latter, the templates are easy to position off the trailing edge. With the taper, the templates have to be positioned off the centerline which is somewhat tricky to draw accurately and gets rasped-away as you work.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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. 😞
  10. 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:
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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. 🙂
  14. Seen today on FB. Seller in Spanaway, Washington. Only two pics but you can track her down
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. The North Carolina Craigslist Varieze (N45790 discussed above) marked down from $17K to $16K today. If he keeps advertising it without any cockpit and instrument pics, he'll be reducing it further, I expect. current ad: https://charlotte.craigslist.org/avo/d/garner-varieze/6818236430.html
  19. I have been twice. The first time was good. The second time I went the airplanes were mostly closed up and people were out playing golf or something and it wasn't as much fun. If you hit the sweetspot when everybody is out on the ramp, it's good. I thought I would try Sun-n-fun this year now that they have new parking for experimentals away from the flightline. I just want to sit by my airplane and talk to people that are interested in building.
  20. The question is moot because the FAA requires airports to accommodate work in hangars now (at federally-assisted airports), however in the summer, a closed hangar gets hot and working in it with the doors closed is just asking for trouble from airport management.
  21. The $75K Long-ez here reduced to $72K today. (Barnstormers) https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=62940 Price includes matching hangar? 🙂
  22. Putting in a Uavionix ADSB: I put the SkyFYX waas antenna under the instrument cover and the Echo UAT box nearby as shown, the ADSB antenna will be just behind the passenger backrest on the floor. Let you know how it works. I chose this one because it senses the pulse from my vanilla Garmin GTX 327 transponder and transmits a corresponding ADSB signal. It is supposed to sense the Garmin pulses with any connection but it can be wired to receive an RS232 data signal from the Garmin. I will use that. https://uavionix.com Yeah my wiring looks a little sloppy. It's hard to keep wiring neat especially since I had to wire a lot of stuff before I installed a removable instrument cover. The tray below the Echo unit is homemade for an AM/FM radio.
  23. A word on why I dropped my EAA membership: When the Concord-Regional Airport booted me off the airport years ago, I asked the Government Affairs folks at EAA to support me by writing to the FAA. I was the President of my Chapter at the time; all I wanted to do was simply tinker on my Cozy in my hangar. For complaining about the airport's prohibition under 14 CFR §16, the airport evicted me and admitted quite brazenly that they evicted me because I exercised my First Amendment right to complain ("petition the government"). I expected EAA to support me. After all, the airport also said "no work of any kind in T-hangars", "no experimental Phase I testing on this airport", and a bunch of other stuff obnoxious to homebuilders. EAA wouldn't even write a letter; so I dropped my membership. It has been hard because I really enjoyed EAA but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. I still do the occasional Tech Counselor visit and send in the forms because it pleases me to do that and I want to support homebuilders. EAA has never sent the forms back even though I am not a member anymore. Bureaucracy! Then there is the EAA requirement to prove I'm not a pedophile; an additional reason why I never rejoined EAA. I'm amazed that pilots will submit to that in order to be acceptable to EAA for flying Young Eagles. Does EAA think we are going to feel the girls up during the taxi-back, or begin "grooming" with a friendly flight? How often has that happened? Yet good people--men mostly--will submit to this exam to do something that is good for kids and aviation. If we wanted to molest children, there are better venues than in your Long-ez at 5000' Lately, my local chapter has started a Facebook page--also at the urging of EAA. It does not bother EAA that lyin' Mark Zuckerberg, along with Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat have turned a nation into porn-watching zombies that feel free to tell anyone, anywhere, anytime, to f--- off. Most of FB is drivel but--thank goodness--drivel that sinks to the bottom of the newsfeed and is never seen again. Yes, I had a FB placeholder page for a while but now I'm stickin' it to the MAN! OK nurse, I'm ready now.
  24. I like them because they are very much like flying a fighter although less maneuverable: comfortable seating position, good speed, interesting looking, can be built by one person working alone and modified pretty easily. The downside is that the LEZ plans are somewhat dated, they need a hard-surface runway, you can't carry much in an EZ without travel adding pods, and there are not as many around as the Vans airplanes; a Vans owner can go to a Vans event every weekend. Oh yeah, and the sanding. 😞 If it wasn't for the sanding, I would probably be working on another one.
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