The Rutan Model 61 Long-EZ is a homebuilt aircraft with a canard layout designed by Burt Rutan's Rutan Aircraft Factory. It is derived from the VariEze, which was first offered to homebuilders in 1976. The prototype of the Long-EZ first flew on June 12, 1979.
Changes from the VariEze include a larger main wing with modified Eppler 1230 airfoil and less sweep, larger strakes containing more fuel and baggage storage, slightly wider cabin, and the ability to use a Lycoming 108hp engine with no nose ballast. Plans were offered from 1980-85. As of late 2005, approximately 700 Long EZ's are FAA registered in the USA.
The aircraft is designed for fuel-efficient long-range flight and can fly for over ten hours and up to 2,500 kilometers on 200 liters of fuel. Equipped with a rear-seat fuel tank, a Long-EZ has flown for 7,700 kilometers.
| Empty weight||345 kg||761 lb|
| Max. speed||340 km/h||211 mph|
| Cruise speed||291 km/h||181 mph|
| Range||2500 km||1553 miles|
|JEFF NAKUYA, 05.01.2013|
ITS WOW! BUT THEY R NOT IN KENYA
|Jan HENKES, 10.05.2011|
I got spoiled, a dear friend of mine built a very nice EZ but didn't have a license. As soon as I got my PPL he let me fly it. Especially after the C-150 this was pure heaven, the LongEZ is like a glove you put on and it does all you want it to and more. Together we made many trips along the west coast meeting many interesting an always friendly EZ people.
The best advice I can give potential builders looking for complete and up to date plans is to purchase the Cozy (IV) plans. Nat's plans still have very much EZ in them, and an advantage is that you can bring the kids...
|Randy White, 20.04.2011|
I need a set of plans for the boat stage only.
|Carlos Schirmer, 22.01.2011|
John Denverīs last breaths were in one of these airplanes. He was a great person.
I'm looking for LongEZ plans too...
|Tom Staggs, 16.10.2010|
Rutan no longer sells plans for the long-EZ or VariEze, but there are second-hand plans available. There is no longer support from RAF, but there remains an experienced pool of prior builders and some professional assist companies. Builders are found around the world.
The Long-EZ has basically the same fuselage as the VariEze, but a much larger wing that allows it to carry more fuel and baggage. Cruise speeds for the two planes are similar.
|Rob Robertson, 20.08.2010|
I was a kid when the EZ and Long EZ were first odd, but really cool looking air craft came on the market. I loved to build things and worked with tools and i felt i was pretty good at it and that some day I would build a kit and learn to fly it. Too many things kept getting in my way and now I am 81 years old and I realized its too late for me,, if this is your dream, go for it. Never let the little things get in the way of your dream. i can promise you, If I can ever come back again, I will build an EZ or an equivalent. So watch out for me it will be painted red, white and blue.
|Bill White, 16.07.2010|
I own one that I built. It trimed out perfect on the first test flight. It has a 118 HP Lycoming O-235 L2C. I'm thinking about selling it. It has 140 hours on it. My email address is email@example.com if anyone has any questions.
|J. Haymaker, 16.06.2010|
I would be interested to know the average cost and hours to build the plane fuselage.
|john quong, 03.06.2010|
surely there must be experts that can resurrect this plane for home builders in australia..
where do we start...can we better the original or is there a club for the hard nosed genuine rutan long eze followers..
from joh knee in down under
|george barba, 21.03.2010|
Whare can i find this plane new or use my email firstname.lastname@example.org
|JOHN CURIN, 01.11.2009|
I would like to know, how dose a Long EZ differ from a EZ, and a Vary EZ? Can you still get drowings? Where?
|Russell Boyd, 19.10.2009|
Can I buy plans for this airplane?
|Reg Finch, 25.07.2008|
The San Diego Flight Museum flies one regularly to airshows out of the Brown Field airport . Memberships start at $ 20/year . 619 435 1075 . sandiegoflightmuseum.org
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?