Demonstrated 12+% ( 19 to 23+ MPH for a stock Long-EZ (LE) with a 118 HP 0-235 Lycoming /// 25+ MPH for LE/Cozy III with a 160 HP 0-320 Lycoming ) faster cruise TAS speed. Even Burt Rutan guesstimated a LE would cruise 12 to 14 knots / 13.8 to 16.1 mph faster with the main gear retracted.
Adding our Main Retracts quickly pays for itself ! A Long-EZ, or any other 2, 3 or 4 place Long-EZ derivative Canard aircraft, with a 200 HP engine should cruise 220+ MPH, depending on how well you did building your scratch built Sport Aircraft.
Faster take-off acceleration, therefore shorter take-off distance, and rotates sooner. Aircraft climb and roll rate are also increased.
Top Notch Support
Professionally designed, engineered, and drawn in SolidWorks. All the main gear parts are CNC machined. MIL SPEC / FAA approved o-rings and fasteners used throughout;
The wings have been load tested to 50.03% more torque on the center section spar than our Retractable Oleo Main Landing Gear would ever impose — meaning a 149.97% Safety Margin. And Oh, and this is all done at 2200 lbs. with the tanks full of water — see DVD for Drop Test ! The present LE fixed main gear and retractable nose strut is only designed for a take-off or landing GW of 1325 lbs. ( see our info pack for Torque Analysis and DVD for Drop Test results ).
The installation time is no longer nor harder to do than installing the plans fixed fiberglass main gear — most say easier. In fact, one builder did it in 3 days !
Some will try to convince you, “that retractable main gear are subject to failure ( to go down )”. Maybe for others, but this is not true of our Retractable Main Gear. It is impossible not to get our main gear down and locked easily every time under any situation. The main gear is held UP hydraulically ( 9 g capable ) — no mechanical UP-locks to get out of adjustment keeping the mains from coming DN. Our main retracts are double redundant DN, just like production aircraft.
We Are Everywhere
86 sets have already been shipped and are being installed, and 15 have already flown from around the world; 10 more sets are ready for sale; Hundreds more are forthcoming.