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did when I built mine.
My aircraft is not a pure plans built Long-EZ. There have been many new features
that have been added or improved upon when it comes to the evolution of the
After the Long-EZ plans were withdrawn from the market, other evolutionary
aircraft surfaced which leveraged off of the original design. As a result, many
new features found their way into the aircraft.
The original Long-EZ was a designed as a viable and efficient cross country
aircraft. The common remark is 'every time you see a Long-EZ, it seems as though
they are 1000 miles from home.' They were very Spartan, light and handled great.
Next in line was the Berkut, a slightly longer (by 12 inches) version of the
Long-EZ but hosting a lot of new features. More exotic materials were used (such
as carbon fiber) and the 540 version was exceeding 250 kts. The most distinctive
feature of the Berkut was the signature F-4 style split canopy. There is no
mistaking it as it taxies down the ramp.
Many of the features that made the Berkut stand out:
The list goes on. One of the most impressive features of the Berkut was the 99
pages of pristine drawings that visually walked you through each step of the
construction. The downside was the hefty price tag of roughly $44,000 for the
kit ..... before engine and avionics.
Another follow on is the eRacer, Cozy,
AeroCanard and Velocity offerings. The Velocity is offered as a kit while the
other three are plans built which have some prefabricated parts available.
stands right now, I am incorporating many of the advanced features offered by
designers, into my project. Many of these will never be visible to the observer
but will greatly enhance the structural integrity of the design.
Some of the
changes will be fairly obvious.
- Carbon fiber spar caps on the canard and main wing.
- Carbon fiber center section spar.
- Carbon fiber wing skins.
- Thigh support sump tank.
- Retractable main landing gear.
- Heated pitot tube.
- Actuator deployment of the nose gear.
- Actuator deployment of the landing brake.
Some of the
less obvious features include:
- Longer nose (an additional 12 inches.)
- Berkut style split canopy.
- Blended Winglets (these added 10-12 knots on Jack Morrison's
- Infinity retractable landing gear (great ground handling plus another
- Mazda Rotary power plant (you'll know it when you hear it.)
Well ....... bottom line, I need to get back to my airplane
if I'm going to get this bird off the ground.
- Custom Glass Cockpit.
- Carbon Fiber wings and
- Thigh support Fuel Sump tank.
- Auxillary reserve tank. Engine coolant
source cabin heat.