We recently received a letter from a Long-EZ builder, Patrick Colin. Patrick built his Long-EZ, believe it or not, on the former US atomic testing ground. ENEWETAK ATOLL in the South Western Pacific, Marshall Islands. Construction time was 14 months, and Patrick had to have everything shipped in from 4500 miles away. He says he received excellent service from the approved materials distributors and never made one call or wrote one letter for builder support!!
Soon after completing and test flying N83PC, Patrick was informed that funds for his project on Enewetak had been cut and he had to vacate the atoll. He decided to fly the Long-EZ out and headed for the island of Kwajalein, over 360 nautical miles away over open water. From there he flew via Ponape in the Caroline Islands to Rabual on New Brittain, then finally to Port Monesy in Papua, New Guinea where he landed a new job and is now based. This is about 2500 miles across the water.
Quite a trip to break in a new Long-EZ. Patrick tells us his Long-EZ caused quite a sensation when he arrived from where no airplanes arrive from, the open Pacific. It took four months and the paper work is almost equal in weight to the airplane, but he got his LongEZ, the first composite aircraft in Papua, New Guinea licensed and has a PNG airworthiness certificate. As soon as Patrick gets his HG radio installed (required) he and his wife Lori, intend to travel extensively in PNG and over into Australia.
They would enjoy hearing from other builders, particularly those in Australia or anywhere in the Western Pacific. Contact Patrick and Lori at:
Motupore Island Research Station,
University of PNG. Papau,