Varieze equiped with a Turbomeca Palas

Geoffrey’s project was to re-engine his Varieze with a Turbomeca Palas

Geoffrey Danes joined the SAAA (Sport Aircraft Association of Australia) in 1976 and built a Varieze (#2 in the air in Australia in Sept, 1979)

His second project was a one of a kind composite aerobatic aircraft : the Maverick which was undertaken with Graham Swanell. First flown in December 1987.

The Varieze jet renamed Varijet, is now flying with turbojet power.

Geoff made the first flight of the ‘VariJet’ with the jet engine, on 28 October 2018, at Jandakot Airport.

Varieze VHN-DED : 1980, Geoff and Bert Rutan. Source : Airsport Magazine, October 2014
2011 : First tests for the installation of the turbojet engine. With courtesy of Geoffrey Danes
Palas #99 on the Varijet. With courtesy of Geoffrey Danes