Canard Aviation Links
I won't think of every place you'll want to visit, but I can try to cover some of the bases:
General canard interest
Canard Aviator's Page -- The focal point for planes with the funny little wing up front. Really, if you don't know where this is, what are you doing here?
EZ Squadron -- The SoCal group's definative page, with newsletter and links. Also a must-visit site.
Central States Association -- if you don't belong, you shouldn't build a canard airplane.
EAA -- The Experimental Aviation Association. 'Nuff said.
So you want to build an airplane....
Amateur-built Airplane FAQ
Homebuilt Aircraft FAQ
More Homebuilt links
The Canard Airplanes -- you can't buy a set of Rutan plans, except secondhand. But there are canard variants for which you can buy plans (Cozy) or kits (all the others). Herewith, a listing:
Vari-Eze -- The original. Continental O-200 engine, 26 gallons of fuel.
Long-EZ -- Rutan's improved model. "Long" refers to the range -- as much as 2000 miles with 52 gallons aboard. Engine is O-235 (or larger), wing area increased; cockpit wider as compared to the Vari-Eze
Defiant -- Rutan's 4-place canard had two engines, one in front, one behind. They're very rare, which I think is a shame.
Berkut -- The "new + improved" Long-EZ is a kit-built. Alas, the Berkut has fallen on hard times. The 4-place model has been cancelled, and now so have the 2-place Berkut kits.
Cozy -- Nat Puffer's double-wide LEZ variant. Plans-built; the latest version, the Mk 4, seats 4. Also see the Unofficial Cozy Page
Aerocad -- Jeff Russell's Aerocanard is a Cozy turned into a kit-built airplane. You buy the Cozy plans, and can buy as many or as few of Jeff Russel's prefab parts as you like. A pure plans-built is called a "Cozy" and a pure kit-built is an "Aerocanard"...and just about everyone is flying an "Aerocozy". What a system!
E-Racer -- A side-by-side 2-place EZ derivative designed to use experimental automotive powerplants.
Velocity -- A 4-place "big canard" -- kit built, considerably larger than the Cozy
SQ2000 -- Another 4-place kit-built, the "Speed Queen" was built by Glassic Composites, which went out of business. KLS composites now owns the rights, and is shipping parts again.
Infinity -- Actually, J.D. Newman's Infinity 1 hasn't flown yet, but it looks nice! Also a vendor of some useful parts.
Deb Iwatate -- A builder, also sells a booklet describing some useful modifications. Worth the visit.
N3R -- A highly modified Long with history; now it works for NOAA. Not really a builder's page....
Perry Mick has an unusual propulsion system....
John Waiter and Goldie Fish -- Use the oil cooler for cabin heat; most progressive.
John Anderson -- No relation
Chris van Hoof
King Kozy -- A highly modified Cozy. It's for sale, now.
Vendors -- parts and items of interest
Wicks Aircraft -- The source for everything you need to build your plane.
Aircraft Spruce -- The source for everything you need to build your plane.
Aerocad -- Jeff Russell will sell complete prefab wings and other composite parts.
Berkut -- Renaissance Composites sells a complete line of prefab parts, some specifically for the Long-EZ
Wingco -- complete prefab wings and other composite parts.
Canard Specialty -- also does prefab wings and parts
Ken Brock Manufacturing -- Makes complete sets of all the metal parts required for an EZ. Pretty much required, unless you want a REALLY tough project....
Lightspeed Engineering -- Klaus Savier owns the fastest Vari-Eze on the planet. He markets speed mods, electronic ignitions, and more.
Ken Miller -- A builder with a list of some useful things for sale.
Infinity Aerospace -- GOOD stick grips, and the Infinity retractable gear, and more!
CCI Inc -- Art Bianconi and crew makes a winglet lighting system, some excellent replacements for the plans engine mount extrusions (wish I'd used 'em), and more.
Van's Accessories Catalog -- Intended for RV's, this on-line catalog is handy for EZ's too.
Wright Aircraft -- Makers of the NoZe lift. I want one!
Strong Pitch Trim -- Named after Alex Strong, the builder...but an apt adjective anyway.
Stitts Poly-Fiber -- Composite finishing system. I'm a big believer in the filler material; I've experimented with the paint and might or might not use it
Archangel -- The "ultimate" glass cockpit...several years ago. I couldn't afford one then, and it hasn't gotten any cheaper. And I don't have the space to do it right anyway.
Sierra Flight Systems -- A very nice glass cockpit. Alas, the 1000 isn't a true attitude indicator....
Blue Mountain Avionics -- THIS glass cockpit is juuuuuust right. So I bought one.
The Aeroelectric Connection -- Bob Nuckolls' site is a good source of info for wiring your experimental airplane.
B&C Specialty -- Key components for pushing 'trons about the aircraft.
RST Engineering -- Jim Weir sells several useful electronic items in built and kit form...also sells a copper foil antenna kit which is a MUST-HAVE
Rocky Mountain Instruments -- Make the microencoder and micromonitor; fine avionics for experimentals.
Control-Vision -- Cockpit electronics and a fast-connect wiring system.
EZ-Trim -- Altitude hold
Catto Props -- Craig Catto's 3-blade props are fast and quiet.
Hal Hunt -- Stainless exhaust systems
The EZ Hangar -- specialists in builders' assistance, modification projects, etc.