Varieze 85TF For Sale

What are your cruise speeds?

Cruise is about 125 kts burning 5 gal/hr

What is your fuel burn?

Plane burns about 7 gal/hr while climbing and 5 gal/hr in cruise

Is the plane parked in a hangar?

No it is parked outside in the experimental aircraft area

Where is the plane parked?

It is parked at Santa Monica airport in Los Angeles county in California. KSMO

What is the range of the plane with full fuel?

Technically the range for the plane is 1000 miles, however the furthest that i have flown is 650 miles.

What is the empty weight of the airplane?

The empty weight is 740 with the cargo pods attached and the wheel pants.

Is the plane in good flying condition?

Yes it is. The last annual inspection was performed in March of 2016 by Bill Oertel at Chino airport. I personally flew the plane back to Santa Monica where it has been parked since. There is approximately 30 minutes of flight time since the annual inspection was performed.

What is the top speed?

On a cold day I have achieved 150 kts at 7000 ft and have achieved 2010 kts diving from 10,000 ft.

How does the plane handle turbulence?

Although it is small, it handles turbulence exceptionally well especially compared to a cessna 172. Because of its low profile and aerodynamic body, it tends to fly right through it with less bumps and seems to correct itself.

Can you fly aerobatic?

Technically you could but this airplane is not set up for that. The first issue would be that fact that the fuel pump is gravity fed, thus if one was to fly inverted, you would starve the engine of fuel. Also because the plane has winglets that operate independently instead of a tail your ability to make tight rolls would be affected and in the course of a roll you would lose a lot of altitude and you would need to enter the roll with a lot of speed. The wings are held onto the plane with two bolts each and you would be putting a lot of stress and wing loading in aerobatic flight and it is not recommended though i have seen it done.

How much does it cost to maintain and fly the plane?

I pay:

$100/month for parking outside

$750 year for basic insurance

$1500-2500 per year for annual inspection

Gas is about $120 per fill up

landing fees at ksmo $7/landing

general maintainance ~$200/year

Why are there no wheel pants on the plane?

I took them off because at the time i was practicing landing very frequently. I found that if you perform 13 landings in a row without giving the brakes enough time to cool down, that the friction generated from performing full stop landings creates so much heat that sometimes it can melt and pop your tires. The tires are relatively easy to change and I realized that without the wheel pants on that the brakes cooled faster and as an added benefit, i also was able to get an extra 5 kts of speed. I still have them and will include them in the sale.

Is the plane hard to fly?

No it is very easy ( no pun intended). After completing my training in Cessna 172s, i found that the varieze is extremely easy to fly and very forgiving for new pilots. The landing gear is very springy and can handle landings that would normally hurt a cessna. I have not had any issue with crosswind landings and the plane tends to straighten itself out once in ground effect. The hardest thing for me to get used to flying this plane, was the faster landing speeds. It has a manual airbrake, but i tend to land without using it at around 70 kts. The plane is also so efficient that you have to start cutting speed a little earlier and it still tends to glide for a while. Your glide path is a little flatter and lower than a cessna and tends to require a longer landing area than a cessna. It is easy to land nevertheless. I was able to land it on my first try and have always had an easy time landing in it once i got used to the speed.

Is the nose gear manual or electric?

It is electric nose gear capable of lifting the pilot and passenger off of the ground during and after engine start when parked in the nose down position with the gear retracted

What is the fuel capacity?

There are two wing tanks that feed simultaneously each holding 14 gallons with an additional auxillary tank that holds 3 gallons making a total of 31 gallons

Is the airplane set up for instrument flight?

Unfortunately it is not set up for IFR (intrument flight) but it is set up for day and night VFR flight and has all of the equipment and lighting necessary for full night flight

Did you build the airplane?

No I did not. I am the 3rd owner of the plane

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Why are you selling the plane?

I have been busy with work for the last couple of years and have not had the time to fly this plane as much as I would like and so I would like to find it another home with someone who will appreciate and have time to fly it regularly. In addition, I will be starting business school in the Fall of this year and would like to lower my life expenses prior to starting. I initially bought this plane to complete my hours needed to qualify for my commercial license. Now that I have completed them, I am ready to move onto the next phase of my flying career

If i purchased the plane would you be able to give me transition training?

Unfortunately I would not be able to do that because I am too large to fit into the back seat. I am 6 foot 230 lbs and I simply cannot fit into the back seat

What is the weight limit for the back seat?

The manual says that the maximum weight for the back seat is 170 lbs, however, I have flown with someone who is 6 foot tall and 190 lb with an extra luggage bag. Though the plane was heavy we were able to fly without any restrictions, however I do not recommend pushing these limits for safety’s sake. Typically, I limit my back seat passengers to women and children.

What type of fuel does the plane use?

100 LL (low lead). You cannot use auto fuel or any fuel that uses a lower octane.

Is the plane stall-proof?

Technically the plane is not stall-proof but it is built to highly resist stalls. The canard configuration is built to resist stall characteristics due to the angle of attack of the front canard being higher than that of the main wing. In effect the canard will stall first in a nose-up attitude before the main wing has a chance to stall. consequently, the plane with correct itself in a porpoising motion until the nose is lowered and normal flight regained. It is recommended when climbing, not to raise the nose of the aircraft above the horizon line.

What is the climb rate?

I try to climb at standard rate of  500 ft/min but I can and have climbed at 750 ft/min and as high as 1000ft/min. I prefer to climb normally and take it easy.

Does the plane come with a cover?

Yes it does. I actually had two covers but one recently ripped that covered the cockpit and top of plane. The other is a full cover for the entire plane

Why are the cargo pods not attached to the plane?

I wasn’t using the pods regularly and decided that i would rather lose the added weight and drag so i took them off. they weight approximately 30lbs and i gained an additionl couple knots without them attached. They look really cool and are easy to attach and remove with 4 screws for each pod. They are available as options with the sale of the plane or independently. Each pod can hold a backpack or other cargo if desired

Can this plane land on rough surfaces?

No it cannot. due to the fact that the propeller is on the back of the plane, rough surface landings are not recommended. If one was to land on dirt or grass, you would risk damaging the propeller due to ground strike or potential rocks hitting the propeller. You would also risk damaging the nose gear of the aircraft.

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