So I was at the airport today, playing the role of the aviation appearance technician, and next to me is parked a LongEZ. It is sitting in its spot, strapped down with straps around its wings, and its nose resting on a used aviation tire. I presume that it did not taxi into that spot without nose gear. The nose gear is simply retracted. I would think the grinding sound would be unbearable any other way. My question is, why retract the nose gear upon leaving the aircraft? Why not leave it sit on all three wheels? Then of course, there is the whole straps around the wings thing, but I really don’t care about that as much. It just looks dorky. I took a photo.