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Old 01-17-2005, 08:16 AM
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Default New canard / aviation parts supplier

I just came across
They have new, used & discounted parts for canards. Brock stuff, hidden bellhorns, EFIS systems, plans, brakes, tires, all sorts of stuff.
They even have a set of Infinity gear!
Well worth a look.
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Old 01-17-2005, 09:37 AM
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Default Prices don't seem competitive.

Some of his prices are a little wacked out.

I was interested in his Infinity Retracts, but I noticed his price was higher than JD's?

I inquired about the descrepancie, basically he feels that the he is selling the retracts plus the time It would take to get them.

He is a nice enough guy, a comercial pilot I believe. He had recently developed an severe epoxy alergy and opted to unload his canard hobby.

I don't think the retracts are going anywhere anytime soon.
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Old 01-17-2005, 06:33 PM
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Question Huh, what's this?

Just tripping through his site, I found this set of plans for optional high performance rudders for a Long-EZ.

Two things sprung to mind. First, what is so high performance for them to be optional plans. Second, do the Cozy plans include this, and if not, would it help flying performance of a Cozy in any way?

-- Len
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Old 01-18-2005, 12:20 AM
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From Canard Pusher 39
For almost two years we have worked hard on nosewheel steering for the
Long-EZ. The reason we did was the Long-EZ's one weakness, a take-off
on a narrow or icy runway with a strong cross wind. Due to the
requirement to brake for steering on the ground, the take-off roll with
a stiff cross wind is extended. We wanted to eliminate this problem,
and some form of nose wheel steering seemed like the logical way to do
it. We spent many frustrating hours, and actually installed several
different types of nosewheel steering mechanisms. None of them proved
to be effective enough and it soon became clear that the only way to
achieve this was to completely redesign the nose gear. This got away
from our goal of a simple, retrofittable system.
Some time ago Charlie Gray of Lantana, Florida had asked our advice on
larger rudders for his modified Long-EZ. We saw his airplane at
Oshkosh with Mike and Dick both having the opportunity to fly it.
Both were quite impressed with the effectiveness of the larger rudders,
particularly the way they "steered" on the ground, even down to quite
low airspeeds. Dick installed his own version of the larger rudders on
his and Jeana's Long and Mike had the opportunity to evaluate their
effectiveness in a 20 knot plus cross wind, on a narrow runway.
Now all we had to do was convince Burt to let us try it on N79RA. He
gave us his blessing and the two Michaels and Sally cut out the old
rudders, foamed and glassed the winglets, cut out the new ones, glassed
them, hinged them and had them ready to fly (minus finish paint) in
only 3 days. (These were not 8 hour days!!!). They also photo
documented the whole procedure.
Mike put on the trusty parachute and climbed to 12,000 feet where he
put old 79RA through a vigorous test program to determine departure
susceptibility similar to the one that Phil Brown of NASA did several
years ago. The result was very satisfying. The prototype N79RA, even
at the aft limit of the cg envelope (103") will not depart or do
anything unusual, even using aggravated control inputs at all attitudes
and airspeeds from full aft stick (52 KIAS) to the maneuvering speed
(120 KIAS) including full pro-spin controls in both directions. Mike
has demonstrated crosswind take offs and landings in direct crosswinds
of over 20 knots. We are very pleased with the performance of the new
rudders and feel that they are a very real and desirable improvement to
the Long-EZ. We do not intend to make their installation a mandatory
one. However we believe that the original rudders, while not super,
are adequate, and any Long-EZ flyer who is satisfied with his or her
yaw control does not need to install the new rudders.
For those builders wishing to have more yaw authority, better crosswind
take off and landing capability and less braking required for steering
on the ground (at least while taxiing into the wind!). We have a set
of plans available for $18.50. These plans consist of 4 pages 18" x
24" with a detailed description as well as many cross section drawings
and sketches. Two of the pages have a total of 28 photos of a step by
step sequence of how to retrofit these rudders to your already
completed Long. The plans also cover installation on a new
construction Long-EZ. The plans are available off the shelf as of now.

Price has gone up a bit...

Cozy wing = Long Ez wings, with these rudders
Mark Spedding - the Spodman
Darraweit Guim, Australia
Theoretical Cozy IV 1331 - Celebrating 2 years of not building anything
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Old 01-18-2005, 10:38 AM
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Default parts prices - some good, some fishey

Yep, I noticed the hidden bellhorns plans for 69 and change? You can still get these at the RAF website for fifteen bucks.
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Old 01-18-2005, 11:34 PM
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Thanks Spodman!

Very informative, and apparently very desirable for airports like the one in my back yard. Now I wonder if the Cozy Mk IV includes these rudders, as it includes the Roncz canard, instead of the GU 25. Does anyone know?

-- Len
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Old 01-18-2005, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Spodman
Cozy wing = Long Ez wings, with these rudders
Enjoy the build,njut av byggandet, godere il costruire, nyd bygningen, geniesse den Bau, apolafse tin kataskevi, disfrute la construcción, curta a construção, Pidä hauskaa rakentamisen parissa, bouw lekker,uživaj grade?inaslajdaites postroikoi, geniet die bou

maker of wood, fiberglass, foam dust, metal bits and one day a Cozy will pop out and swiftly whisk me from meeting old friends and family to adventures throughout the world
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Old 01-19-2005, 12:49 AM
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dusty do you have them on your birds ?(do i want them?)
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Old 01-19-2005, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Spodman
Cozy wing = Long Ez wings, with these rudders

I hate it when I have one of those user headspace errors. I didn't read that the first time because my brain was saying "It's a sig..."

Thanks Dust for pointing that out again.

-- Len
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