Full size printed plans Peanut Scale "VARI EZE" most stable Peanut I've flown
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After flying this or any canard, you'll wonder why the "tractor" has become the convention. The short fuselage handicaps rubber duration, but the stability doesn't know when to quit!
Full size printed plan on a sheet 11” x 17”
Two page article with building notes and photos
By HANK NIXON
The Rutan VariEze is the most exciting homebuilt since the BD-5. It offers very high performance, economy, and ease of building ... a homebuilder's dream. Originally Volkswagen powered, it now uses the same 100-hp engine as the Cessna 150, and has a primary structure of urethane foam and fiberglass-reinforced epoxy. This revolutionary airplane has sparked the homebuilt world, and dozens are now under construction.
Choosing the VariEze as a subject for a Peanut Scale model was not done with dreams of the ultimate competition model. It was built to find out if this very interesting machine could be made to fly well. My prototype has proven to be the most stable Peanut I've flown. Pitch stability is excellent, due to the fact that if the nose gets too high, the canard always stalls first, due to it being at a higher angle of attack than the main wing. This then drops the nose, causing immediate recovery.
The high amount of sweep, combined with the winglet design, gives a high degree of roll stability, even when near or at the stall point. In hundreds of flights, my VairEze has never failed to land on the gear except when it hit something. The duration performance is a little less exciting. Mine gets about 10-12 seconds hand wound, and has gotten 17-20 seconds when using a winder and well-lubed fresh rubber. The main reason for this performance is a fairly heavy wing loading, even though mine weighs in at 8 grams including rubber. Some liberty was taken in increasing the area of the wing and canard to reduce the loading. Scale outlines are shown with dotted lines.