Rutan VariEze
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Rutan VariEze

Burt Rutan set up the Rutan Aircraft Factory in 1974 and set about radically altering the format of home-build light aircraft by designing and building the Rutan VariEze. The revolutionary design of the VariEze belied its simplicity. It was initially powered by a pusher Volkswagen engine (but later a larger Avco Lycoming type), and the wing configuration was forward canards with a swept and wingletted main rear wing. The secret of the VariEze's endurance lay in extensive use of lightweight composite materials. It and the later Rutan LongEZ were built in many thousands and used to break endurance records, as would the later Rutan Voyager.

Robert Jackson "The Encyclopedia of Aircraft", 2004


Rutan VariEze

 ENGINE1 x 100hp Volkswagen automobile engine
    Take-off weight263 kg580 lb
    Wingspan6.80 m22 ft 4 in
    Length4.30 m14 ft 1 in
    Height1.50 m5 ft 11 in
    Max. speed290 km/h180 mph
    Range1127 km700 miles

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TORBJÍRN KAMPE, 19.03.2015

A dream machine. Has all the man could want in terms of performance.
I wish Attman had one and queke. You should have fun up there in the air.
Thanks Burt Rutan, To good home construction flying good.

Giovanni, 22.11.2014

Wanted Varieze metal parts

tom, 25.10.2014

Verite project for sale.

Francesco, 05.11.2013

I'm looking a Varieze project or plane ready to fly
Please conctact me

Tom McAvoy, 11.05.2013


I am looking for a set of plans and templates for a long ez or varieze

Jane Hastings, 12.11.2012

I have a box of templates and other misc small parts/pieces someone can have, if you are in San Diego or nearby. My husband and I built our EZ in 1978 (finished in Jan, 1980). Illness forced the sale a number of years ago. As I cleaned out the garage, I found this box. Anyone interested?

Hank Johnson, 03.07.2012

Interested in buying plans for the VariEze...what are the main composites used in this plane? CF & fiberglass? Anything else?

Greg, 23.06.2012

I have a partially built VARIEZE airplane with everything for completion including a new 125hp Lacoming engine. Please inquire if interested.

Brendan, 06.05.2012

I am looking for a set of plans to build one of these aircraft

Larry Rothrock, 06.01.2012

I love the airplane. San Diego to East Coast fights are delightful. I throttle back to 150 - 155 mph and get a 4.3 gph fuel burn.

lucy johnson, 15.09.2011

can you forward this to lew danforth on facebook?

JeskaSavage, 24.07.2011

Alan Summers, I have a set of plans for the varieze. I'm pretty sure they are complete.

alan summers, 02.05.2011

am looking for a full set of plans for varieze,any help would be apreciated....thank you

Mary J P, 08.02.2011

The VariEze I mentioned in a previous post as being for sale is not going to be sold after all. An earlier Will was found that leaves the plane to the deceased's brother. Thank you.

Leon Rausch, 06.02.2011

Rick Kipp, Some answers to your question: The balance on this light plane is such that when parked without the weight of the pilot the center of gravity is behind the main gear. Lowering the nose puts this unloaded center of balance in fromt of the main gear, and it will rest on its nose.
JOHN BENNISON Please call me at 214 349-6024 for information on my exciting aircraft. I flew it some 1300 hours from coast to coast and to the eclipse of the sun in Mazatlan, Mexico, and to the Bahamas in a flight of nineteen vacationers. This is not a "wierd" airplane when you reflect that the Wright Brothers flew a Canard Pusher, and the winglets of the Varieze were the first of a production airplane. I have been spoiled as a Delta Airlines parent and no longer fly the beauty.
JOHN: I built and flew my Varieze for some 1300 hours at a pilot weight of 230 pounds. Initial flight testing was done with ten pounds of ballast in the nose to meet the weight and balance requirements. After testing that weight was removed and weight and balance was never a problem.
WARWICK, Landing speed: My approach speed usually bled down to 70 MPH, and the landing distance varied with the headwind. Never an excessive landing roll! The Varieze design never "mushes and drops the canard." If there is a stall of the canard I have found that a one-degree decrease in the angle of attack of the canard brought it back to an unstalled condition and the plane was flying again without seeing a stall of the main wing. I hope I have been a help to each of you. N40LR

Rick Kipp, 05.01.2011

Why are they always pictured with the nose on the turf? Surely they have a retractable front wheel. Please answer this for me. Thanks, Rick

Conrad Driussi, 15.11.2010

I bought the plans for VariEze in the early 1970's and was awarded S/N 15. I Quickly found out that I was allergic to the resin and sold my plans and S/N to a fellow worker.

I have often wondered how the foam/glass/resin and paint has weathered the weather - the nasty sun and those damn UV rays. It was quite a concern in the early days and Burt came up with some sturdier materials. Now 40 years later, I would like to know how they've held up.

Any info would be appreciated.


Mary J P, 29.10.2010

I saw Burt Rutan fly his incredible planes at Mojave years ago. My brother in law built a VariEze in the 1970's. It is disassembled and in a San Diego storage unit now, but available for a quick sale for very reasonable price. (estate sale) No reasonable offer refused. (619) 347-4994

Stu Kingman, 23.09.2010

I built my VariEze when I was in high school in 1979. Flew it for several years, sold it, then bought it back again. Family grew, so sold it again. Wish I had kept it... I continued my flying (and retired) as a Captain with American Airlines on the MD-83 in 1998. Flew the B-727,MD-80, B-757,and the B-767. None flew as nicely as Rutan's VariEze. Excellent reading with "The Complete Guide to Rutan Aircraft" - 3rd Edition by Don and Julia Downey (ISBN: 0-8306-2420-1)

John, 11.06.2010

What would be the maximum front seat weight the Varieze would accomidate for a pilot.

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