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  1. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Resurrecting the canard sale thread I used to post at the other site. http://forum.canardaviation.com/showthread.php?t=5955&highlight=sales+I%27ve+seen Feel free to add any sales you come across. This today on Barnstormers. Yes, it does sound like a good buy. No pics COZY MK IV PROJECT • $3,000 • GREAT BUY • Tub, partial canard, gear hoop, plans, table, hotbox, lots of supplies! Delivery negotiable! • ContactRyan R. Kyzar, Owner - located Warner Robins, GA USA • Telephone: 6624359593
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    Sales I've seen

    New one today. No pics or price. 2006 vintage N88ED https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInquiry/NNum_results.aspx?NNumbertxt=88ED VARIEZE • AVAILABLE FOR SALE • Well built. O-200, glass cockpit, empty wt 640lbs, night eqp, oil filter, approx 1760ttaf. • Contact Jeff Martin, Owner - located Fayetteville, GA USA • Telephone: 3107224555 • Posted January 11, 2019
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    hangar electricity and other rants

    Yup, if you can get most of what you need without complaints, feds, and lawyers, that’s the way to go, I believe. Still, it’s good to have the rule on your side. The FAA publishes these Assurances and rules but does not want to jeopardize an airport’s federal grants in order to enforce them for one aviator. So you can show a blatent case for illegal airport rules and the FAA will blow you off. They can invent excuses you can’t even imagine. For example, In my case the FAA approved of my eviction from KJQF because I complained under 14 CFR §16 and by exercising that 1st Amendment right to “petition for redress of grievances” the FAA held that I constituted a “litigious financial burden on the airport sponsor”. When I told them the Constitution guarantees a person’s right to complain without suffering airport retaliation, the FAA said “we can’t address Constitutional questions”. Grrrr. I have heard horror stories about folks painting in hangars and getting paint mist on their neighbors’ airplanes. I painted two airplanes in my driveway and they look pretty decent. Pick a calm Fall morning, get out there early before the winds pick up and have some tweezers ready to pick off the occasional bug. Actually, my spraying skills are a bigger problem than dust and bugs. Glad you are making good progress. I will come see your project sometime. Not far away.
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    hangar electricity and other rants

    A couple of rants: #1 My airport has separate electric meters. I calculated that all 30 hangars use about $600 worth of electricity per year but we pay over $5040/year just to have meters. For example, it costs me $22/month to have a meter but I only use about 1 or 2 KWH per month to run a dehydrator or AM radio when I'm working at 10 cents/KWH, i.e., 20 cents/mo. Over about 13 years, I've paid about $3600 for maybe $20 worth of electricity. So I presented this situation to the county and proposed that they rewire each row of hangars to one meter and charge us about $40/year for electricity. It wouldn't matter that a few people use a few KWH more than others. Tenants would save thousands. Here are the answers I got - It would cost $5000-7000 to rewire the hangars. [Doubtful. might have pull one large cable down the spine of each hangar] - If rewired, they would have to be brought up to code. [They are pretty new. Probably meet code] - The power company would have to disconnect all the meters. [That's their job] - The county has some hangars on long-term leases and would have to renegotiate their contracts. - It wouldn't be fair; some people use more power than others [and we can't handle the math or make adjustments]. - It would increase the county's administrative cost - You have the choice now to have power or not. So I disconnected my power today and will get by with battery tools. If I have any big projects, I can get it reconnected for a $15 fee. ---------- #2 Nothwithstanding that here in N.C., nobody heats an airport hanger and such hangar would leak heat like an open door, the county installed natural gas plumbing to all the hangars. There is only 1 hangar out of 30 (a semi-business) that has a gas meter installed. ---------- #3 When they built these hangars, I asked them "Please use bifold hangar doors." No response. So if I am working in my hangar and my neighbor comes out to fly, we have to close my 2 sliding doors which are blocking his access, open his 2 doors (which blocks my access), close his doors, and re-open my doors. Rinse and repeat when he comes back from flying. ---------- #4 They built 30 T-hangars planning to sell them to tenants but the sale would've required that in 25-30 years, the hangars revert to county ownership. We'd pay $35-$40K but in 25 years we'd have nothing. As expected, nobody took this deal. Big surprise. A few older T-hangars are owned outright by tenants who pay a modest ground lease. Those are never empty and get sold and resold. ----------- #5 And yet, we have it better than some. At least we have hangars whereas at some of the nearby public airports, airplanes are sitting on the ramp in the rain and sun with acres of vacant ground available. (pic) I am sure you have your own stories.
  5. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Sorry you lost that one. Let us know what you think of N44TJ but when a seller is demanding de-registration and you know the engine has problems, it better be pretty danged cheap. I wouldn’t drive very far to see such an airplane unless the seller understands that. There will be others—lots of old EZ builders are aging-out these days. Wait for the estate sale! 🙂
  6. Kent Ashton

    hangar electricity and other rants

    Yep, nothing is a slam dunk with the FAA but I believe the intent of the rule, as expressed in the opening summary, was to stop the use of hangars as public storage facilities, cheap office spaces, or storage for cars and boats, etc, and to open up hangars to aircraft repair and construction (see the initial Summary). With that in mind, I think the language "the sponsor may adopt more restrictive rules" was mainly intended to mean "may adopt more restrictive rules about things that interfere with aeronautical use". Also, although the Summary specifically says that aircraft repair and construction are recognized aeronautical uses, a more restrictive rule that would likely pass FAA muster might prohibit welding and spray painting in a hangar or restrict maintenance to daylight hours. Anyway, it was a striking change for me to see this new rule in 2016 because in 1999 the FAA held in a complaint I filed that homebuilding and simple repairs were NOT aeronautical uses and I could be booted off the airport for complaining about it. What I want to do is make people aware that there is a rule in their favor that can be cited when airports just flat say "no work in hangars."
  7. Kent Ashton

    hangar electricity and other rants

    A little discussion of airport law: My nearby public federally-assisted municipal airport requires a Storage Permit that prohibits any maintenance in leased hangars. This prohibition is illegal but I am not based there so it doesn't affect me. Nevertheless, this sort of prohibition is not unusual at federally assisted airports. Last year I read of a McKinney, Texas RV builder who encountered the same prohibition at KTKI. A private airport owner can do what he wants. In 2016, the FAA published a rule that aircraft maintenance and aircraft construction are aeronautical activities that must be reasonably accommodated in federally-assisted airport hangars. Read the rule yourself at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/15/2016-14133/policy-on-the-non-aeronautical-use-of-airport-hangars These rules eventually become part of the Grant Assurances that obligate airports built with federal funds. Violating the rule violates one or more of the Assurances, usually #22 or 23. See Assurances here https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/grant_assurances/media/airport-sponsor-assurances-aip.pdf If you encounter this sort of prohibition, first bring the illegal prohibition to the attention of the airport sponsor (municipal owner) in writing. Then you have the choice of making an informal complaint to the applicable FSDO under 14 CFR § 13 or a formal complaint under 14 CFR §16. Next, these airports often use a storage permit clause that says "you agree that we can terminate your lease with or without cause" or "for any reason" (i.e., at will). This too is illegal. Nearly every state has a law that says a municipality is allowed to operate an airport so long as the public is granted the "rightful, equal, and uniform use of airport space, area, equipment and improvements." Here in North Carolina it is N.C.G.S. § 63-53. Google "airport" and "rightful, equal and uniform use" and your state and you will usually pull up your own statute or search your state's aviation statutes. In Florida, for example, it is Florida statute 332.08(1)(c). When an airport requires you agree that you can be terminated at will as a condition to granting you a storage permit, the airport is compelling you to give up your "rightful use" of the airport space, area, equipment or improvements [i.e. hangars]. The law calls it an "unconstitutional condition". If you encounter this sort of rule, you will have to seek relief in a state venue--usually a district court. The FAA does not enforce state laws.
  8. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    I tried to attach the PDF but I am byte-limited for some reason. Anyway, it comes up OK for me. This airplane, N44TJ, mentioned back in April '18 here. No recent news AFAIK. https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=61483
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    Sales I've seen

    Seller of N80CZ reports he has sold. Cozy III with O-290, was asking $29K. Sale price not reported. Mentioned here. https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=62741 Pictures sell! 🙂
  10. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Today's B-stormers: No pics. Beg for them. VARIEZE PROJECT 50%+ COMPLETE • AVAILABLE FOR SALE • VariEze project. Work/live change so can't finish. Please contact for pictures and info. • Contact Dana R. Groothuis, Owner - located St Louis, MO USA • Telephone: 402-304-8666 • Posted January 6, 2019
  11. Your correspondent in Concord N.C. reporting: I have always been a little suspicious of the plans Long-EZ engine mounting points. No good reason, really. If you use 4130 angles or thicker 2024 angles in the firewall, it seems to hold up fine in service, so no need to do anything much different. However, I built a Cozy IV and like the way Nat re-designed the engine mounts in the C-IV so I thought I would go that direction. I got a good deal on an 0-320-H2AD. There is no mount or dynafocal ring made that would work, AFAICT--so I bought a dynafocal cup set from ACS to make my own dynafocal ring. Surprise! I thought the cups would come welded-up but you only get the steel--three pieces for each cup--and have to weld them to make the cups. Not too hard to do, though. I had to start by machining some aluminum substitutes for the dynafocal doughnuts to postion the cups in the correct position. (BTW, a compressed dynafocal doughnut and cup is 2" thick) After that it was a solid 4-5 days of work for me. Goes like that when you have to re-sharpen about a hundred tungstens, find your misplaced spectacles, etc. Seems like I ought to have more tubes but compare it to a C-IV mount from the Cozygirrrls. Mine looks at least as robust as Nat's design which is holding up well. I might add another cross brace at the bottom. Here are three pics of my mount with the alum spacers I made, a regulation C-IV mount from the Cozygirrrls, and a mount from the internet that might have been for an O-540. That one is stout.
  12. Kent Ashton

    Kent's Long-EZ project

    This video is interesting. The engine failure appears to occur at no more than 250' AGL. There is plenty of open water to ditch in. It appears he wanted to make it to the open field and at 20-25 seconds he appears to have a flight path vector well out onto the open field but fails to maintain it. He seems to have adequate speed (no horn heard) but only at the last second figures out he's going to hit the berm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94IURXCoY5A ---------------------------- Nose wheel futzing: My nose wheel bearings would get loose. First, I made aluminum bushings for the bearings that met in the middle of the rim. They were sized to take all the slack out of the bearings. That worked for a while but the bushings ride on a narrow circumference of rubber on the outside of the bearing which seems to wear; the bushings themselves probably wears a little, too. The bearings got loose again after a while. This time I took a bit off the inside and outside of the bushings and used wide washers to bear on the rubber seal, leaving about a 1/8" gap between the bushings. This will allow me to take out the play by tightening the axle bolt and nut. Make the device the same width as the NG forks. I tried to load a pic but for some reason, I am limited to 122Kb
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    Kent's Long-EZ project

    It seems to me that Best Glide is not the speed to fly here. I would say it's the Minimum Sink speed, typically a lower speed, i.e., just on the edge of nose bob. We are not trying to glide any distance, we're trying to turn around with the least loss of altitude while maintaining position over a point on the ground. Play with this calculator http://www.csgnetwork.com/aircraftturninfocalc.html 65 Kts/45 deg bank/360 turn takes 21.5 sec with a radius of 376' 80 kts/45/360 takes 26.5 sec with a radius of 570' At the higher speed you are sinking faster, taking more time to make the turn, and flying a longer flightpath. N'est pas?
  14. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    This Long-ez today on Barnstormers, N8HA, 1986 build, O-235 https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=8HA Builder page and pics here http://eaa1373.org/Tribute Herb Anderson - Long EZ N8HA.htm It looks like the original builder had a lot of fun in it. LONGEZ • $32,000 • BACK ON THE MARKET • LongEZ reupholstered seats. Call for details. As-is, where-is • Contact William D. Day, Owner - located Talent, OR USA • Telephone: 541-890-6676 • Posted January 2, 2019
  15. Kent Ashton

    Center control stick for Cozy IV

    I set my Cozy up for right-seat pilot (I am right-handed) but I wouldn't do it again. It just makes it harder to fly left-hand patterns--looking through the back window or banking to check the runway. I used to own a left-hand Cozy III and was perfectly happy flying it with the left hand.
  16. Kent Ashton

    Kent's Long-EZ project

    TAKEOFF-TURNBACK - Ever since I finished the Cozy I have thought I should test how much speed and altitude it would take to turnback to the runway. I never really liked the idea of chopping the power right after takeoff to test that but my engine has always been pretty reliable and the traffic was light one day so I tried it a couple times. This is a 270-90 degree turn. Conditions were: light weight (me and 20 gallons), Cool day (65F), light winds, 105-110 climbout speed, chop to idle power, Instantaneous reaction, about 45 degree bank. From 300' AGL it was just doable flying on the edge of nose-bob. From 400' AGL I was able to fly a bit faster, had no nose-bob, and landed a bit fast. I did not try it from 500 feet but I imagine that would be a very comfortable altitude with those conditions. You would have to consider the suddenness of the engine failure, your reaction time, the winds, temperatue, gross weight, and speed so I probably would not like to do it for real at less than 500' AGL. You might try it first at altitude of say, 1000'-3000'. Establish a climb configuration, at a given altitude chop the power and make a 270 turn followed by a 90 in the opposite direction. Note the altitude it takes. I will try that next time I'm up. I have flown with fellows who do not like to fly into nose-bob, or fly into nose-bob at 45-50 degrees of bank but IMO, that's what it takes for an optimum turn. I am not in the habit of preplanning a turnback before an actual takeoff but it's worth thinking about. 20 knots of wind will move the airplane 1012 feet downwind in a 30 second turn. In the summer at heavy weight I am sure it would take much more altitude. It would take some before-takoff planning, then an instant decision based on proficiency and a gut feel that "this will work". I doubt we can develop either of those without some practice at altitude and having a go/no-go altitude in mind for actual takeoffs. The guys on the ramp got a thrill. They said "we thought you'd lost your engine". 🙂
  17. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Seen on a FB page today. Seller says it comes with a rebuilt O-320. Good price. In an earlier time he might have asked $20K
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    Cozy MK IV Suppliers

    I believe he is. http://eznoselift.com/index.php/price-list
  19. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Langford Defiant project (Orange Lake, Florida) first seen March '18, relisted today on B-stormers. Was $28K, now $27K. Here is the old post: https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=61356
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    Sales I've seen

    Toomey Long-ez N82MT listed back in May for $62K https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=61655 relisted today on Barnstormers. See the earlier post for more details and links to pics. 2017 LONG EZ • $52,000 • FOR SALE TO GOOD HOME • O-320-E2D 70, STOH, RONCZ, Elec. NG, MGL EFIS & Autopilot, email for pics & details. • Contact Mike Toomey, Owner - located Newark, OH USA • Telephone: 740-975-2272 • Posted December 26, 2018 See a youtube walk-around here https://youtu.be/_dMdFn4mbEM Google Toomey Long-ez for a stall demo
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    Foam

    I expect you can find this foam in Oz from an insulation company. https://dctech.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Styrofoam-LB.pdf Dow blows various weights, densities and types of Styrofoam. The stuff we want is 2 lb/ft3 extruded large cell, closed cell (rigid) Styrofoam (polystyrene) but I don't know the compressive spec. A recent cozybuilder's post, mentioned "Styrofoam LB-H-XP", which weighs 20-70kg/m3 (1.2-4.39 lb/ft3). Here are the specs http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDOWCOM/dh_0944/0901b80380944976.pdf?filepath=xenergy/pdfs/noreg/291-71625.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc and another reference for high compressive-strength foam https://stars.berkeley.edu/assets/files/styrofoam_MSDS.pdf I don't know a reference that shows both weight and compressive strength but I suspect that if the foam is about 2 lb/ft3, it's compressive strength will be OK. Can't swear to that. The first URL above says their foam has a minimum compressive strength of 300 kPa (43 psi). The Cozy plans don't specify a compressive strength. This boat dock billet is very close to 2 lb/ft3 https://store.eastcoastlumber.net/products/dow-dock-float-billet-10x20x96|102096B.html In the early days, builders used boat dock billets but I believe there was a caution about buying foam with voids. Personally, I think it all comes from the same Dow process so if the foam-type and weight are satisfied, it will be usable. If you find some foam in Oz, post it because this question comes up from time-to-time. Oh, yeah, when you talk to the dealer, you want to "build some surfboards". 🙂
  22. The curls (twists) give you a way to pull the aluminum tight using safety wire and something like nails inside the curls. You seem to have large holes between the cylinders below your covers and the fit looks a little loose. You might check that. Yep, the old baffles look a little tired.
  23. I hope Richard will reply. Your baffling looks decent but it's hard to tell from pictures. The main thing is to seal every crack and hole where air can bleed out without going through the fins. It looks like you are using fairly thick stiff silicone material around the edges which may not conform to the cowls without some extra tinkering. Stick a light in the engine compartment and look closely with the cowls in place and make sure there are no gaps. Air pressure in the lower cowl will push the baffles in place slightly but you can't depend on that. Gotta have a good seal to the cowls. Are the baffles over your cylinders fiberglass or black silicone? You could wet out BID with RTV and cut it to shape. Even hardware-store RTV will stick very well to cylinders and it's a lot easier than bending aluminum and trying to get a good fit-up. Here's a pic of some BID wraps on an O-360 and you can see how I sealed the edges of the aluminum with silver RTV. Clean off the cylinders first with some lacquer thinner and the wraps will stick very well. They can be trimmed smaller with a razor-knife.
  24. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Walsh Cozy III projects reduced to $5K today on the Cozybuilder's list. Previously discussed here https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/21972-sales-ive-seen/?do=findComment&comment=61273 A long-EZ builder could probably buy the wings and centerspar. The C-III wings are the same as an EZ. I believe the centerspar is also the same, or close but check me on that. Seller just wants to get his hand out of the jar. [Old joke: Little boy crying, hand stuck in a jar says, "I don't want the prize, I just want to get my hand out of the jar."] Yep, I would like to get my hand out of a BD-5 jar. 🙂
  25. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    This Varieze today on Barnstormers. No pics of the interior: VARIEZE • $5,800 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE • Lycoming o-235 - complete - new never installed Cato prop - project never completed • Contact Dave E. Olson, Owner - located Roseburg, OR USA • Telephone: 541-580-0011 • Posted December 21, 2018
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