The Long EZE is a Canard-Pusher
which is a larger version of the original Rutan designed VariEZE.
The type is known as a Canard pusher, as the engine is at the rear
pushing, and the pitch control (or elevator) is on the front wing,
the canard. Burt Rutan is without question one of the greats of
aircraft design, having been the first to design an aircraft to
circumnavigate the Earth non-stop with no re-fuelling and the first
to build a private venture successful space vehicle.
The aircraft is plans built using
the Rutan composite method. This simply put, is to carve the shape
of the aircraft parts in foam and then fibreglass on the outside.
Many parts are still available for the design. The standard design
has a retracting nosewheel and fixed main gear. At rest, the
nosewheel is retracted and the nose is lowered to the ground. This
prevents tipping due to the rear centre of gravity.
The aircraft is very well tested,
fast, economical and a dream to fly once you get used to it.
LongEZEs have flown around the World. A drawback is the limited
Some early problems were
experienced with the LongEZE design when the canard could stall when
wet. This problem has been cured by fitting vortex generators.
Scaled Composites no longer sell the plans for fear of law suites.
Lyc. 0235 108 hp
rate of climb
landing distance, ground roll
limiting and recommended speeds
design manoeuvring speed (Va)
never exceed speed (Vne)
stall, power off (Vsl)
landing approach speed
All specifications are based on manufacturer's
Plans are no longer available