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Old 07-20-2007, 01:14 PM
Savitar Savitar is offline
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Default First flight in Cozy

Well, I've been following the forum and Marc Zeitlin's web page for about four years, and email corresponding with a few builders (mainly John Slade, because he made himself available to so many, and he has a cool rotary installation). I finally had the opportunity to drive up to Connecticutt last weekend and visit with John and his lovely wife Sharmain. We talked up the Cozy and the rotary engine for the better part of two days and then went for a flight in the Slick Kitten, during which I took the controls for a short time.
That was a blast and could certainly be a motivator to start building. Mucho thanks John and Sharmain.
I know some will write in and say "Do it, do it! All you have to do is purchase plans and start with the front seat bulkhead." That's all well and good, but I have some serious issues to consider, mainly the financial. I don't want to start something I can't finish. My reply has to be
"We'll see." Anyhow, thanks again John. Please check out the attached photos. Jack
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:12 AM
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Big Steve Big Steve is offline
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Default Re: First flight in Cozy

Building an airplane is like having kids. If you wait until you can afford them you will never have any. I built my first plane with no money and now I am building my second plane with no money. By the way I have 6 kids. STEve
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Old 07-22-2007, 11:47 AM
chasingmars chasingmars is offline
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Default Re: First flight in Cozy

Originally Posted by Savitar View Post
mainly the financial. I don't want to start something I can't finish.
So far I've found that for the most part, there's always something you can do for less than a hundred bucks or so if cash is tight. It will cost a bit more in the long run to do it this way I think (mostly I think by not buying glass in full rolls, but that depends on your supplier too, up here, the local composite shop charges a hefty premium for cut lengths, I gather though that's not so true south of the border where there's more competition), but what do I know, I'm only on chapter six, and I gather it gets a lot steeper on the cost curve later on when it comes to engine and instruments. One thing I'm thinking about doing is putting aside $100 a paycheck towards those things, if it takes me five years to get there, thats $12,000, without too much pain, for the big ticket items.

Realistically though, on the other hand, I've so far found that I need to keep about $1K in the plane kitty (or use the VISA :O ) to keep things ticking along in order, there are expenses to this hobby, and I reckon I'll average about $500-1K/month overall. But the nice thing is, it seems that once you get started, you can go a while without big expenses, and manage your build rate and finances together.
Craig K.
Cozy IV Plans #1457 - Building Chapter Six!
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Old 01-25-2008, 09:27 AM
rajatgarg rajatgarg is offline
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Default Re: First flight in Cozy

Congratulations on your first flight

Fun project -
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Old 03-16-2008, 05:51 PM
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Steve parkins Steve parkins is offline
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Default Re: First flight in Cozy

you got that right crag. i have Had no cash more then i have had cash.
when there is no cash i just modify the plane for a day or two(month or two) day one....draw the part
day two....look for mat.
day three...cut the plane and fit temple of said part
day new part
day 5.......part cant go there, rebuild it smaller
day 6.......rebuild plane, hole to big
day 7....... get bored and UN-do the hole mess
pay-day.... get out the planes and continue the build !
edited by steve for a good reason
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