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Intro


The Journey to make this the best flying machine it can be.

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Intro


The Journey to make this the best flying machine it can be.

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About


This website documents the canard aircraft called the Stagger EZ. It was not designed or built by me, David Williford but by a composite craftsman and pilot by the name of Steve Wright. It took Steve over 6,500 hours to build the Stagger EZ.  Unfortunately, he passed away due to a skin cancer in 2010.  Now, I’m the new care taker, pilot and restorer. The aircraft flies today because of both of us. This site chronicles the struggle and progress to make this the best flying machine I can make it. Check out the gallery, specs, blog and web links.  Thank you for stopping by.  Also thank you for the sponsors on the site as well.

About


This website documents the canard aircraft called the Stagger EZ. It was not designed or built by me, David Williford but by a composite craftsman and pilot by the name of Steve Wright. It took Steve over 6,500 hours to build the Stagger EZ.  Unfortunately, he passed away due to a skin cancer in 2010.  Now, I’m the new care taker, pilot and restorer. The aircraft flies today because of both of us. This site chronicles the struggle and progress to make this the best flying machine I can make it. Check out the gallery, specs, blog and web links.  Thank you for stopping by.  Also thank you for the sponsors on the site as well.

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Design Goals


DESIGN

• Comfortable and Roomy Cabin
• Outstanding Visibility
• 160 kt. Cruise w/ good fuel economy
• EZ open cowl and inspection hatch
• User-friendly systems
• No nose ballast for solo
• No inflight fuel management needed for single tank
• Simple fuel system; one fuel tank, one fuel cap
• EZ entry/exit
• EZ open canopy – no forward obstructions for taxi

 

 

Design Goals


DESIGN

• Comfortable and Roomy Cabin
• Outstanding Visibility
• 160 kt. Cruise w/ good fuel economy
• EZ open cowl and inspection hatch
• User-friendly systems
• No nose ballast for solo
• No inflight fuel management needed for single tank
• Simple fuel system; one fuel tank, one fuel cap
• EZ entry/exit
• EZ open canopy – no forward obstructions for taxi

 

 

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Weight Disstribution


WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION

Staggered Seating – any combo of pilot > 160 lb. and passenger < 250 lb.
• No ballast if within those limits
• Cozy needs ballast shift for same weight distributions

 

Weight Disstribution


WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION

Staggered Seating – any combo of pilot > 160 lb. and passenger < 250 lb.
• No ballast if within those limits
• Cozy needs ballast shift for same weight distributions

 

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Fuel Tank


FUEL TANK

• Single 43-gallon tank, one fuel cap
• Filler on left
• Tanks in each strake connected with central sump
• Trap door in sump prevent sloshing
• Sight gauges marked in U.S. Gallons

 

Fuel Tank


FUEL TANK

• Single 43-gallon tank, one fuel cap
• Filler on left
• Tanks in each strake connected with central sump
• Trap door in sump prevent sloshing
• Sight gauges marked in U.S. Gallons

 

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Speed


SPEED

• Can cruise 190 knots TAS @ 2700 RPM /  90% power using 10.5 gal/hr.
• Usually fly 170 knots TAS @ 2400 RPM / 60% power using 6.8 gal/hr.

Speed


SPEED

• Can cruise 190 knots TAS @ 2700 RPM /  90% power using 10.5 gal/hr.
• Usually fly 170 knots TAS @ 2400 RPM / 60% power using 6.8 gal/hr.

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Controls


CONTROLS

• Pilot side – copy of Long- EZ

• Sticks on left for front seat passenger staggered 13.5” to rear of pilot’s stick

• No rudder pedals on passenger side

Controls


CONTROLS

• Pilot side – copy of Long- EZ

• Sticks on left for front seat passenger staggered 13.5” to rear of pilot’s stick

• No rudder pedals on passenger side

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ENTRY / EXIT


ENTRY / EXIT

• Nose-Lift lifts fully loaded aircraft
• Rear Hinged electrically actuated canopy allows access from both sides
• Canopy 20% higher and wider than COZY canopy

ENTRY / EXIT


ENTRY / EXIT

• Nose-Lift lifts fully loaded aircraft
• Rear Hinged electrically actuated canopy allows access from both sides
• Canopy 20% higher and wider than COZY canopy

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STEVE WRIGHT (BUILDER)


STEVE WRIGHT (BUILDER)

• Degree: BS Business
• Built “to the plans” Vari-Eze; first flight 1982, recently restored 2013-2115
• Designed Wright Nose lift, late 80’s; first unit shipped 1995
• Designed and built Stagger EZ; first flights 2004
• Awards: Grand Champion Plans Built for Stagger EZ, S&F 2005; Rutan Designer’s Award for Vari-Eze, 1986

After 6500 man hours of work and 14 years the first flight occurred in the spring of 2004

STEVE WRIGHT (BUILDER)


STEVE WRIGHT (BUILDER)

• Degree: BS Business
• Built “to the plans” Vari-Eze; first flight 1982, recently restored 2013-2115
• Designed Wright Nose lift, late 80’s; first unit shipped 1995
• Designed and built Stagger EZ; first flights 2004
• Awards: Grand Champion Plans Built for Stagger EZ, S&F 2005; Rutan Designer’s Award for Vari-Eze, 1986

After 6500 man hours of work and 14 years the first flight occurred in the spring of 2004

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AFTER RESTORATION


AFTER RESTORATION

• Canard flying time; over 1000 hrs.

• IO-360 200HP rebuilt in 2013 by Custom Airmotive Tulsa
• Custom Cato 3 Bladed Prop 2013

• Dynon Skyview Touch EFIS with Auto pilot, electronic engine monitoring.

• DynonD10A EFIS

• New leather interior

•Full ADS-B Skyguard transceiver and WASS backup GPS navigation with i-Fly740

•Garmin GTR 200 Com radio 2016

AFTER RESTORATION


AFTER RESTORATION

• Canard flying time; over 1000 hrs.

• IO-360 200HP rebuilt in 2013 by Custom Airmotive Tulsa
• Custom Cato 3 Bladed Prop 2013

• Dynon Skyview Touch EFIS with Auto pilot, electronic engine monitoring.

• DynonD10A EFIS

• New leather interior

•Full ADS-B Skyguard transceiver and WASS backup GPS navigation with i-Fly740

•Garmin GTR 200 Com radio 2016