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Paul Pless
08-17-2006, 10:46 AM
Why do the pilots of the various canard style planes, such as the long eze, varieze,cozy, etc, etc. 'park' their planes like this with the nose whell retracted?
Is it because they are so 'noselight' that a gust of wind could flip them?

http://www.cnapg.org/1435.jpg

paladin
08-17-2006, 10:54 AM
It's because of the weight and balance of the aircraft. Once the pilot gets out the aircraft can sit back on the propellor, which ain't good...
The nosewheel retracts, and most have an electric over hydraulic pump that allows the pilot/passenger to enter the aircraft, flip a switch, and cause the lowering of the nosewheel, raising the nose...

Tar Devil
08-17-2006, 11:10 AM
What chuck said. Without the pilot, it's a very tail heavy craft.



...and most have an electric over hydraulic pump that allows the pilot/passenger to enter the aircraft, flip a switch, and cause the lowering of the nosewheel, raising the nose...

Never seen that, Chuck. I saw it discussed in a magazine once but the concensus was the mechanics and structure necessary to hoist plane and passengers would prohibitively increase the weight.

My buddies with Longs simply grab a handful of canard and lift the nose, manually extend the gear and climb in.

Later,

Phil

paladin
08-17-2006, 01:31 PM
The guys out here have a pump system similar to the Adel downlock retrofitted to the Swifts....