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New/old VariEze takes to the sky

Steve
 

Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 

Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ

Jim Evans
 

Congrats, Steve.  Bring it over sometime.  I'm here Monday thru Thursday.
Take care my friend.

Jim

On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 2:41 PM Steve <josteve100@...> wrote:
Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 

Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ



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skovbjerg
 

Great! These things are meant to fly!
How is the weight now compared to 1981?
(VariEZE)
Jay skovbjerg

On May 11, 2020, at 11:43, Steve <josteve100@...> wrote:


Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 

Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ
<Varieze.jpg>

Steve
 

Empty wt was 658.  That’s only ten pounds over the 1981 wt.  accounted for mostly by the O-200 replacing the C-90 and a 6 inch extension.  Little mor tail heavy but I carry a little more counter balance than I did in 1981.

Steve


On Monday, May 11, 2020, skovbjerg <skovbjerg@...> wrote:
Great! These things are meant to fly!
How is the weight now compared to 1981?
(VariEZE)
Jay skovbjerg

On May 11, 2020, at 11:43, Steve <josteve100@...> wrote:


Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 

Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ
<Varieze.jpg>

Terry Schubert
 

CONGRATULATIONS!
 
The old is new again! 
 
 
Terry Schubert


---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Steve" <josteve100@...>
To: defiants@canardzone.groups.io, members@canardzone.groups.io
Subject: [Canard Zone] New/old VariEze takes to the sky
Date: Mon, 11 May 2020 14:41:23 -0400

Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 
 
Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ

Terry Schubert
 

Now THAT is a real achievement!
 
 
Terry Schubert 
Central States Association Newsletter Editor


---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Steve" <josteve100@...>
To: "members@canardzone.groups.io" <members@canardzone.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Canard Zone] New/old VariEze takes to the sky
Date: Mon, 11 May 2020 16:17:12 -0400

Empty wt was 658.  That’s only ten pounds over the 1981 wt.  accounted for mostly by the O-200 replacing the C-90 and a 6 inch extension.  Little mor tail heavy but I carry a little more counter balance than I did in 1981.

 
Steve

On Monday, May 11, 2020, skovbjerg <skovbjerg@...> wrote:
Great! These things are meant to fly!
How is the weight now compared to 1981?
(VariEZE)
Jay skovbjerg

On May 11, 2020, at 11:43, Steve <josteve100@...> wrote:

Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 
 
Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ
<Varieze.jpg>

 

 

DON JONES
 

Good to see you have brought the old girl back to better than new flying condition. I am wondering what your impressions are now that you have some seat time. I realize that the Defiant has a different mission, but which do you prefer to fly just for fun?

Don Jones
Berkut FG

On Monday, May 11, 2020, 04:38:04 PM EDT, Terry Schubert <jschuber@...> wrote:


Now THAT is a real achievement!
 
 
Terry Schubert 
Central States Association Newsletter Editor

---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Steve" <josteve100@...>
To: "members@canardzone.groups.io" <members@canardzone.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Canard Zone] New/old VariEze takes to the sky
Date: Mon, 11 May 2020 16:17:12 -0400

Empty wt was 658.  That’s only ten pounds over the 1981 wt.  accounted for mostly by the O-200 replacing the C-90 and a 6 inch extension.  Little mor tail heavy but I carry a little more counter balance than I did in 1981.
 
Steve

On Monday, May 11, 2020, skovbjerg <skovbjerg@...> wrote:
Great! These things are meant to fly!
How is the weight now compared to 1981?
(VariEZE)
Jay skovbjerg

On May 11, 2020, at 11:43, Steve <josteve100@...> wrote:

Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 
 
Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ
<Varieze.jpg>

 

 

nosedragger48154
 

Nice!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Scovel

SE Michigan

VariEze

 

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From: members@canardzone.groups.io <members@canardzone.groups.io> On Behalf Of Steve
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2020 2:41 PM
To: defiants@canardzone.groups.io; members@canardzone.groups.io
Subject: [Canard Zone] New/old VariEze takes to the sky

 

Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 

 

Steve Sorenson

Defiant N57KS

VariEze N118SJ

Mike Tooze
 

Great, congratulations Steve,
Like finding an old flame - as pretty as ever!
Your spec. looks good, resisted the starter, etc..  Is /will be fun.
With the shutdown I have been thinking of bringing mine home for a bit of TLC, but does she really need it, Naa!

Sincerely,
Mike Tooze

On Monday, 11 May 2020, 19:41:48 BST, Steve <josteve100@...> wrote:


Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 

Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ

Ryszard Zadow
 

I was right behind you in the Rutan mass arrival in 2005 and that's the last time I ever saw you flying your Varieze. Such great news! Look forward to seeing you and the VE at RR maybe? 

Ryszard

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 02:49:47 AM CDT, Mike Tooze via groups.io <miketooze@...> wrote:


Great, congratulations Steve,
Like finding an old flame - as pretty as ever!
Your spec. looks good, resisted the starter, etc..  Is /will be fun.
With the shutdown I have been thinking of bringing mine home for a bit of TLC, but does she really need it, Naa!

Sincerely,
Mike Tooze

On Monday, 11 May 2020, 19:41:48 BST, Steve <josteve100@...> wrote:


Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 

Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ

Greg Norman
 

What a great story and achievement. Congratulations! Keep em' flying!

Greg Norman


On Tue, May 12, 2020, 9:53 PM Ryszard Zadow <ryszardzadow@...> wrote:
I was right behind you in the Rutan mass arrival in 2005 and that's the last time I ever saw you flying your Varieze. Such great news! Look forward to seeing you and the VE at RR maybe? 

Ryszard

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 02:49:47 AM CDT, Mike Tooze via groups.io <miketooze=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:


Great, congratulations Steve,
Like finding an old flame - as pretty as ever!
Your spec. looks good, resisted the starter, etc..  Is /will be fun.
With the shutdown I have been thinking of bringing mine home for a bit of TLC, but does she really need it, Naa!

Sincerely,
Mike Tooze

On Monday, 11 May 2020, 19:41:48 BST, Steve <josteve100@...> wrote:


Yesterday I did the second first flight on my VariEze.  The first was in July 1981.  I flew N118SJ for over 1400 hours including ten trips to Oshkosh from California and it was my ride through the 21 years it took to build my Defiant.  When the Defiant was flying I decided to retire the VariEze and it sat in the back of my hangar for 14 years.  About two years ago I really needed a project and decided the VariEze needed to go into restoration.  A new paint job on the fuselage, new (overhauled) O-200, new instrument panel (no screens) and electrical system, new brakes, and adsb.  I decided to keep the original concept of light and simple so I left off a starter.  I did install an alternator since it now has two electronic ignitions (Pmags).  I had flown nothing but a Defiant for the last 15 years but sitting in the Eze felt familiar and it took very little time to start feeling comfortable again.  I did several high speed taxi tests then took off.  I stayed in the pattern at Leesburg, VA which is under class B at Dulles thinking it was a good idea in case of engine problems on the first flight but it all went perfectly.  It needs a couple of adjustments like trim springs but she is a flying machine again and now the fun starts. 

Steve Sorenson
Defiant N57KS
VariEze N118SJ