Rumors of the Canards’ Demise


Rumors of the demise of the Rutan canard designs have ben greatly exaggerated. Once the pinnacle of aircraft design achievement, the canard configured aircraft from the 1970’s may have dropped in numbers in the past couple of decades, but they certainly haven’t gone away, and they still attract attention wherever they go. We took an opportunity to grab a picture of this line of airplanes when the crowds were off getting lunch, but they are definitely worth visiting on the taxiway north of the Homebuilder’s Hangar. Long-Eze, Velocity, and Cozy models are represented, along with a few less-popular but just as interesting designs. Stop by and see why they still capture the imagination of their owners!


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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


  1. At my airport (Livermore, CA) I’ve seen a new wave of canard owners in the last few years as the original builders have retired from flying or decided to sell their EZ for some other reason.


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