Cozy Mark IV # 973
This is my first attempt at a web page...The format was shamelessly stolen from Rob Tester's web page and other cozy builders....I apologise if I have offended anyone!
This page is dedicated to my Cozy Mark IV (Serial #973) experimental aircraft. This decision has been in the making for almost 10 years now. I knew the only way I would ever be able to own a NEW plane with a NEW engine and a New panel would be to build it myself. I always thought the Glasair was a gorgeous looking airplane. I was all set to place the order when my wife informed me that if I was really going to build a plane, it had better carry 4 people. Well, that really narrowed my choices down. The Lancair ES is beautiful, but I couldn't swallow the price for a kit. The Velocity is a great looking plane, but if I was going to build a canard, why spend the extra money for a kit when I could build a Cozy MK IV from plans.
Building from plans
The big advantage here is that you pay for the plane as you go instead of laying out one lump sum. The initial disadvantage I saw (or so I thought) was that it would take a much longer time to build. I have seen numerous Cozy's that have been built in the 2,500-3,000 hour ball park. Many of the kit built Lancairs and Glasairs claim build times in the 1,000-1,500 hour range, but after talking to these builders, they have spent up to 3,000 hours putting a kit together. I didn't consider the building portion of this project to be a downside. I had worked on and driven racing cars for 12 years and had become accustomed to "working in the garage" almost nightly. Well, I hadn't worked on a race car for 10 years now and I found I was watching way too much TV.
|Some Cozy Sites|
|The Official Cozy Homepage
|Unofficial Cozy Homepage (lots of good stuff!)
|Rick Maddy's Cozy (an immaculate example) and provider of this web space!
|8||Headrest, seatbelt, and Heat Duct||Completed||12/2/04||52.8|
|9||Landing gear and speed brake||Completed||12/8/02||147.1|
|19||Wings & Ailerons||Completed||3/24/04||232.8|
|20||Winglets & Rudders||Completed||12/6/03||136.7|
|24||Covers & Fairings||Completed||7/15/08||131|