Long-EZ (including VariEze)




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Specifications (typical)

 

VariEze Long-EZ
Primary Function
recreation
recreation
Seats
two
two
Engines
Continental 0200
Lycoming 0235
Power
100 hp
115 hp
Weight Empty
585 lbs.
710 lbs.
Max. Weight
1,050 lbs.
1,325 lbs.
Fuel
25 gals.
50 gals.
Length
14 ft. 2 in.
16 ft. 9 in.
Wingspan
22 ft. 3 in.
26 ft. 2 in.
Cruise Speed
180 mph
185 mph
Max. Speed
205 mph
210 mph
Climb Rate
2,000 fpm
1,850 fpm
Ceiling
25,000 feet
27,000 feet
Range
700 miles
1,380 miles
First Flight
5/21/75
6/12/79
Year Deployed
1976
1980

VariEze
VariEze

In 1976 the Burt Rutan VariEze kit plane offered a new level of performance for a home built aircraft. Its bigger brother, the Long-EZ was introduced in 1979.

The aircraft prove the concept that a canard design is more efficient in flight than conventional aircraft. They feature such innovations as low weight composite materials, aerodynamic design, high aspect ratio wings, winglets, side stick control with removable wings and canards.

The VariEze has been described by its pilots as a fun to fly airplane with greater aerobatic performance than the LongEZ. The LongEZ is appreciated for its additional cockpit room, longer range, stability and greater payload.

By the end of their availability in 1985, over 15,000 VariEze and Long-EZ plans were sold.

RC LongEZ

RC Long-EZ

The RC Long-EZ from Richmodel Works has a 64 in. wingspan and a 44 in. length. It is ARF of all-wood construction. You can power it with .60 - .75 2-stroke engines. All up weight should be around 7 1/2 lbs.

A smaller RC Long-EZ from Richmodel Works has a 35 in. wingspan with a length of 22 in.  The ARF is made from balsa and ply. Weight is1 1/2 lbs.  You will need a Speed 380 size brushless motor for power.

The Senye Models RC Long EZ has a 58 in. wingspan, is 40 in. long, and is made with a glass fuse and b/u wooden wings. You can power it with a .46 two stroke or .75 four stroke engine. Weight is around 5 1/2 lbs.

The Obag Models RC VariEze comes in a kit. It is 56 in. long with a glass fibre fuse and balsa over foam wings. Power can come from a 600 size motor.

The RC Long-EZ kit from Kerr Aircraft is 1/5 scale with a 64 in. wingspan and a 36 in. length. For power you will need from a .40 to .46 two stroke engine. All up weight will come in at around 6 1/2 lbs.

The RC Long-EZ from RC Powers is made from Depron and has a wingspan of 30 in. Recommended power is a 2600 kV motor turning a 6 x 4 propeller.  Its weight is around 11 oz.

GPI Models has a RC Long-EZ ARF with a 56 in. wingspan. It has a fiberglass fuselage and obechi over foam wings. GPI recommends a speed 600 size motor.

 




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