Originally Posted by Wayne Hicks
(5) Per Steve Wright, his normal solo rotation speed is 80 knots. By comparison, I rotate at 65 knots solo in the Cozy III. What can make up the difference is his 360 HP accelerates his plane faster to rotation speed than does the 320 HP in my Cozy III. Faster acceleration means less runway roll required to reach rotation speed. In his words, "That probably accounts for why I rotate at similar distances as other Cozies and Long-EZs."
That sounds about right. I had the pleasure of a ride in the Stagger-EZ a year ago. I recollect that we rotated at 85 knots with my 200 lbs in the second seat.