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    Arleigh B Hughes
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    Yelm, WA and/or Pukalani, HI

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  1. I bought a project which included a Lycoming O-235 when I knew very little about homebuilts. When I discovered the facts, bought a rebuilt O320, and finished the project. What nobody mentioned was SAFETY. If you take a buddy or wife on a summer trip, maybe you stop at a nice little field to refuel; they have CHEAPER avgas. OK, it is midday. HOT. You urgently need to get up to cooler air. You get to the runup area. Then you realize that (1) there is no wind (2) the runway in use when you landed has a slight slope UPHILL; well,you COULD taxi to the other end but it is HOT so maybe it is OK. But the asphalt is BLACK so it absorbs the sunlight and there are heat waves rising from the pavement. You and your buddy or wife weigh a total of almost 400 pounds. Will your 100 HP get you up to the air? In the winter or from a different airport where the fuel is more expensive or if you had picked a runway that is sloping downhill or if you are flying solo, the 100 HP could be OK. I remember when we lost two guys that went into a "nice little airport" in the summer and filled it with fuel. Killed them both. Don't even think about that O-233.
  2. I knew a guy that flew around the world TWICE, once going west, once going east in year 2000. He started in or near Zurich. PLEASE somebody tell me his name and I will say more about that flight from Oakland; I saw him on Maui on his way west in a Longeze.
  3. I got an Ellison for my O-320 from a builder that switched his engine to fuel injection. I got it rebuilt by Ellison. It was the last or one of the last that Ellison rebuilt. I have just 45 hours on it and it has worked very well. The incoming air flow is filtered and does make a 90 degree turn but it does that smoothly, I believe. With a Plasma II E.I. from Klaus, starting is quick and smooth. There has never been a fuel leakage problem. I am amazed that some owners still use carburetors when they could have bought an Ellison or fuel injection.
  4. I am not flying because (1) I used ALL of my time working on the Longeze and am not current (2) I come to Maui every year because Washington state is too cold (3) My airplane is at OLM; I have been "trapped on Maui" for 18 months now by the virus (4) When the hours were flown off, I still did not have wheel pants, the cowling was MUCH too heavy, etc. so it sits in the hangar in Olympia in 3 pieces. Have a good day, guys.
  5. I did not build from plans; it still took close to a millium to finish. There are some considerations that you did not mention: (1) your age and previous work with fiberglass, etc. - some people can do a lot in a year; I took years. (2) Where do you live and what is the weather ? Working in Minnesota or Phoenix are quite a bit different. My wife HAD A HANGAR when I met her and it still took years. (3) Where do you plan to do the work? My wife's hangar was warmed by two electric heaters and was a tiny space. Now I have the Longeze in a hangar in Olympia, WA. I cannot work there much of the year because the hangar is too cold for much of the work; I cannot warm that big thing with the electricity that they will allow. I can get about 3 degrees above the outside air. There is NOT AS SINGLE DAY in the year when Aeropoxy will set properly inside that hangar. There are other epoxies that are structural at the temperature that you will work but you should find one before you start this enormous project.
  6. I have never FLOWN into OSH but I was a passenger in a Cozy and twice in a C-182. Just be sure that you have an official copy of the EAA manual for this year and study it. Get in the approach to 36, you don't want to be in the slow bunch. Arrive with plenty of fuel; I rode in a C-82 for 3.5 hours IN THE APPROACH; due to weather all of the aircraft for 2 days arrived on Sunday; a few said they were low on fuel; DON'T DO THAT! Have your HBC card ready and don't let them put you off on the grass if you have wheel pants; just go all of the way to the end of the runway; there is paved taxiway. That will put you into a lot of different non-canards; I don't know if they have a special parking area for canards; once they did but they changed. Maybe someone knows for this year. The "Rutan celebration year" was nice. Parking anywhere close to 36L is good, too. I don't have enough flying experience; I would not even try it. I would get an experienced pilot into the front seat. Many years ago, a canard was switched from runway 9 to 36 but he made an error in changing the radio frequency. The controller was telling him to go around but he landed; at the last second he saw another aircraft BELOW him; he went to the side and landed in grass; he spent the entire week rebuilding the Longeze. He was lucky to not completely wreck it and lucky to get it into a hangar.
  7. I moved a Longeze from California to Maui in a box that I built with one other guy. If you need to do that contact me; the box was broken during loading because the shipper used strong flexible straps to hold the box down. So some parts fell on other parts. The insurance payment just about covered the charge for shipping so the shipping was almost free. HOWEVER I had a damaged Longeze. The right strake had about 2" x 2" smashed end so I learned how really sturdy the strakes are. After cutting back to obviously undamaged strake, I rebuilt. The entire part that I built has NO stress when in flight IMHO so it was just practice. Some years later I got into a divorce (building an airplane was a large part of the reason) so I met another woman and SHIPPED IT BACK to Tacoma. By then the Longeze was ready to fly but I had no test pilot so it never flew in HI. Having had a broken box problem, I shipped it in an ordinary container (but a high one: there are different sizes). I have a lot of useful information to tell on that shipping if you have to go that way; just contact me. BTW I had a friend who was stationed in Alaska, then moved to HI. I think he used a commercial service to bring his Cozy. A few years later he retired from the Coast Guard and planned to fly it back. He was afraid of running it low on oil so he set up a system to add oil. He did not use the add-oil system as one cylinder lost a valve through the head! He was 100 miles east/northeast of Maui in the MIDDLE of the NIGHT so his landing was rough enough to tear a wing off. So the Coast Guard guys that he trained picked him up and took him to Maui. He was OK but he lost his Cozy. Beware of flying over water at night. I had flown that Cozy partway from Maui to Kauai but not at night.
  8. O! My first message was not clear. The $39 is for a directory AND quarterly newsletters that are in COLOR and 32 pages. They do have a small problem that I believe they will fix. My last copy had 26 very good pages and 6 pages were somewhat tattered in the postal machines. The outer page is pretty stiff and all 4 of the recent copies broke a little on one corner or had an edge torn a little.
  9. David Orr is at: David@CanardFinder.net
  10. To find a canard owner/builder/wanta-be: (1) Join the Canard Owners & Builders Association; they send a directory each Jan. to members; it costs $39 per year; see https://canardowners.com (2) contact Ed Lovrien at 406-549--5559 He lives in Montana (3) contact David Orr. I will have to post the address for him after I send this. He runs a mailing newsletter that covers the U.S. and a few other countries. It comes monthly. A. Bruce Hughes
  11. There were so many things you did not say in your original post......Is cost a factor? Safety? I have 2 aircraft, a Longeze and an Ercoupe. I'm a VERY low time pilot. The Ercoupe, in an emergency, can be landed almost anywhere without killing yourself. You can see more than some aircraft. Yes it is slow. I fly where an emergency will end in trees or downtown Olympia or the freeway or Puget Sound or ? The Longeze gives a good view for the pilot but almost NO view for the passenger. Do you ever carry anyone? They probably could not land it if YOU had a problem. And they will not do well if there is nothing but trees or a city below. My Longeze was bought so I could fly from Maui to Kauai to see my family; it would float if there was a problem.
  12. That diagram is from the RAF design but it was not a kit. I bought the plan from RAF about 1995, made all of the parts, installed it, then wondered why the hell I did all of that work as i don't plan to fly at night. It took a looooooooooooooooong time to do all of that work. When LEDs became available, I upgraded just in case I want to sell it to somebody more daring. It does work and the parts in your picture look like the plans. If you go ahead with the project, you need to do it while you can still turn the fuselage over. I built a framework that would hold the fuselage right side up or upside down and could be moved around anywhere in my 2 car garage. Good luck.
  13. Zach: Thank you VERY much for your reply. in early April I am sorry that this will be long. Currently I am on Maui because it is safer (long story) and I own this house anyway. My wife is tired of bein here. I get my 2nd vaccination for the virus in mid-march so I probably will be at my hangar in early April. I have a shaping problem that I must do between the top cowl and the rear of the fuselage/wing. I have a plugin for an electric seat but I have not tried it yet. My test pilot did. I have been planning to use the system that Hollister uses; you must know him. It should not take long to make the change. Anyway I have a large battery due to weight/balance (I am not a very big guy). The problem with Hollister's system is finding any way to get the pipes through the firewall which is already full of fuel system, wires (about 15 by rough guess), and control cables and tube. I still have to get legal again so the Ercoupe will be flying when I can. Two buddies fly with me sometime. So I will let you know when I get back if you send a phone number. I guess I can get that on this website. Bruce
  14. I learned of a lot of "good" changes to "improve" the Longeze. Did some of them. Took so long to do them that I never had the time to fly my Ercoupe. So when my test pilots finished testing the Longeze, I (1) had to do the medical thing that the FAA instituted; took 2 entire days (2) had to fly the Ercoupe with my buddy who is a CFI; got a few flights done (3) had one more good change to improve the Longeze; it is too cold for the epozy (4) Had to avoid the cold weather one more winter and got trapped on Maui for over a year (I own this house) by the virus epidemic. So now I am too old to fly, need to finish the BFR, and have the Longeze at OLM while I sit on Maui. You Know, it is better to fly the thing when you are young enough to fly and avoid some of those "Good" changes to the Longeze
  15. There are 2 or 3 lessons in this. Some years ago my Longeze was ready to fly after I fixed all of the things that Marc found to be wrong with it. Two friends of mine were VERY experienced and did all of the flying for me. I would say that I was in the back seat but that would have been illegal by FAA rules. One liked the Longeze so much that HE BOUGHT HIS OWN. He invited me to go "help" pick it up. I had no idea how I could help. It was in Tennesssee a couple of thousand miles away. It was a beautiful, well done airplane with absolutely no provision to comfortably seat a passenger of any size. He flew it once and paid. I told them I could not fly in the CRAPPY back seat so they cut a sheet of plywood for some back support for me. On a scale of 1 to 10 it became a 3 after being a 1 or less. He check at the local, large airport and they had NO sectionals from there to Washington. The Longeze had an autopilot so he set up the autopilot. Next morning we started, landed to get gas and find sectionals. SORRY, they had none. On the second landing, my buddy landed, parked, got out and cranked the nose gear MOST of the way down; then went to buy sectionals. I started to climb out but the nose suddenly dropped to the pavement. O! I knew we had a problem; I had done the same stupid thing before anyone had told me. BUT I HAD TOLD HIM; don't put the nose most of the way down; it HAS TO BE either up or down. So the RAF metal gear was stripped. We borrowed some tools and I went to work. After some time we had the nose gear down and bolted in place. We had 1300 miles to go with the nose gear down. If you are a new guy building your own Longeze, take the damn RAF gear out and either (1) get a sturdy one from Cozy Girrrls or (2) Contact Wilhelmson for an electric gear. Either way you will spend some money but you will not have to fly 1300 miles with the nose gear down. Next problem: he landed in Idaho at a good but short runway for gas. He was used to landing on OLM's 5200' runway. Running out of runway, he turned on the cross runway. Broke a runway light and the wheel pants. Got some gas and I carried the remains of the wheel pants back to OLM in my lap. The rating for the back seat had gone from a 3 out of 10 to a 2 out of 10 but we survived. IF you are a new guy: (1) get an electric nose gear or contact the Cozy girrrls (2) fix the crappy backseat so an average human can sit in it (3) take a few tools just in case.

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