First off, the completed Long-EZs in the pics across the page banners above are not mine (the build pics are). They are merely beautiful pics of some awesome Long-EZs, and in some small measure a tribute to those builders—some of whom I have the honor and pleasure of bugging the heck out of by continuously asking newbie questions!
Why build a Long-EZ? Well, the short version is because they’re awesome! They can go really far on a tank of gas, they’re fun, comfortable and look pretty darn cool! But, for those fearless souls driven by curiosity that want to know the long version of the story that tells why I picked the Long-EZ to build, click here.
I called this site “A Long EZ Push” as somewhat of a play on words, because building a Long-EZ, or any experimental airplane for that matter, while normally taking a comparitively long time to build is typically not considered “easy” . . . or “EZ” as we say in the canard world. And it was better than my other proposed title, “How to Build a Long-EZ in a Submarine!” If you haven’t closed down the page yet because you think it’s getting a little weird, let me explain. I was thinking about that title as I was building in my single car garage in Germany, with no heat or AC, no power, a low ceiling, a little over 8′ wide and almost 18′ deep. Not a lot of space, and I believe I became fairly adept at working in spaces where I literally had an inch to the front and back of me for clearance. So, in some small measure, I’ve lived Das Boot!
I digress . . .
Building an experimental homebuilt aircraft definitely requires a “push” to keep the actual project completion within a decent, acceptable timeframe — albeit that timeframe is obviously subjective and completely up to each respective builder. Still, I liken building an airplane to any other major enduring project we do in our lives, whether that be losing weight, training for a marathon, getting a degree or learning to fly. In my mind it quite often requires that internal push that gets us up off our butts, out the door, and into the shop to glass and sand for countless hours on end. So the bottom line is that the time it takes to finish our airplane project is simply a direct proportionate effort in time and energy to which we actually push ourselves to get it done.
I hope you enjoy this site. Really, the journey is just beginning.
Build on my friends!