[Cozy MKIV Information]
COZY NEWSLETTER #54
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The Cozy banquet at Farmer Jones Red Barn Inn on Sunday night was well attended, the steaks were good, and everyone had a good time.
Three Mark IVs and a bunch of 3-place Cozys were there, but bad weather along the gulf coast kept a lot more away. Vance Atkinson, who never misses Sun 'n Fun, wasn't able to make it in from Dallas this year. Frank Bibbee, with his just finished Mark IV (what a beauty!) arrived later in the week from Texas. We saw a lot of old friends and were able to make a lot of new ones.
Later in the week (I forget what day) we attended the bratwurst party put on by U.S. Aviator magazine. Jim Campbell again arranged to entertain us with this wonderful Dixieland jazz band known as the "Lost Patrol". Ten of the best musicians in the state of Florida (probably in the whole world) get together just for this party, and I have never heard better music anywhere!
We saw another rip-off design, called the "Speed Queen". It was only a mock-up. The promoters had never built and flown one, not even a prototype, and yet were selling kits! They said their design was based on "proven technology" (its a good thing some people proof their designs). They were advertising a special "show price", and people were actually putting money down!
We left on the last day. Got as far as Gainsville and had to land because of IFR weather ahead. Spent some time watching radar in the FSS, and the briefer was nice enough to advise us the best way to circumnavigate. Again it was over-the-top to Baton Rouge, where we stopped for fuel, and then an end run around a front to Fort Stockton, where we overnighted. The next day, the weather was good, except we had 35 knot headwinds all the way back to Mesa. Thank goodness for a fast airplane!
A couple of weeks after Sun'n Fun, we flew over to Chino for the fly-in sponsored by Aircraft Spruce. We stopped on the way at Apple Valley to go on a photo shoot with Norm Goyer, for Sport Pilot. We then flew in a formation of 3 (a Maul, and 150 Cessna) on to Chino, where we needed a special VFR to land. The fly-in was very well attended; a number of Cozys showed, and we got together with several builders for dinner. The flight home the next day (once we got above the muck) was uneventful; but we could see continuous smog below us all the way to Phoenix.
After fulfilling our fly-in obligations, the middle of May, the time had arrived to take out our Lycoming engine! What a sad day! We have been flying with Lycomings in 3 different Cozys for close to 1000 hours now since 1992. That's 14 years, and they had never let us down.
June 13, 1996
Thank you for all your help. So far Dennis Oelmann has been flying our Cozy Mark IV N2269H. Please find enclosed a couple of pictures. We hope to see you at Oshkosh.
Tim, Debbie, Oliver & Jerry Merrill
Ft. Atkinson IA
June 13, 1996
I don't think I've ever written but now that my plane is finished and flying beautifully I want to thank you and everyone that shared their time and gave of themselves over the last 3 1/2 years.
At the urging of my friend I took my plane to Kanab, UT after only recently flying off my 40 hrs. I entered the race, with full fuel, passenger, a green crew and straight out of the box. We flew the course at 210 mph, not bad considering most times were slower by 10 mph off other races.
We love our plane and are planning trips every weekend. A total dichotomy from working every weekend on the plane wondering if we would ever actually fly. Every weekend is an adventure now.
I wish I could say she flew great on the first flight, but we needed some adjustments. I absolutely recommend that a current and competent EZ driver does a complete check out with a new owner. We are fortunate as Cozy owners to have the luxury of side-by-side seating. Thank you,
June 14, 1996
Dear Nat and Shirley,
It's hard to believe summer is here again and with it, the Arlington Fly-In. It will be good to see you two again. Progress on the Mark IV continues along at a steady pace with the glasswork nearly complete. It has all gone very well.
This year, we would like to host a Cozy dinner at our home on Friday, July 12th, 6 PM during the fly-in. It will be very informal - we'll just fire up the barbecue to make some burgers, have some salads, plenty of beverages and talk airplanes all night. We will do all the food preparation here, so no one need bring anything. If people want beer/wine, we ask they bring their own. A few $ to cover the cost would be helpful as well. All are welcome, including children of any size. Attendance at Arlington always varies with the weather, so an RSVP would help us plan for food. For those flying in that want to attend, we'll help with transportation as well (be sure to contact us ahead of time). We will have maps at the airshow for you to pass out or you can contact us for one. Our address is 10702 62nd Place West, Mukilteo WA 98275. Our phone number is 206-742-6798.
We look forward to seeing you and our other Cozy friends again. Wishing you all a safe trip!
Eric & Vicky
It will be nice (and Ben Owens will appreciate it) if all of you can also attend the EAA picnic for homebuilders the next evening.
We would be pleased to host an Internet meeting at our airplane (let's make it Saturday, at 1:00 PM), same as last year, for Internet subscribers to meet each other, and to ask questions. Others are welcome as well.
SAFE-T-POXY - This system was developed as an alternative to the RAE system, for those who developed allergies. It is brown, has an aromatic odor, and thickens in the pot instead of remaining thin until an exothermic reaction at the expiration of its pot life. It was taken off the market at Burt Rutan's urging because it contained MDA.
E-Z POXY - This is a slightly modified version of SAFE-T-POXY by Gordon Bowen, formerly of Hexcel, who started up his own company. He says he is using a new process to stabilize the MDA and reduce the chance of a builder being exposed. It is carried by Aircraft Spruce.
EPOLITE 2427 - This system was developed by Hexcel to replace SAFE-T-POXY. It is practically colorless, nice low viscosity, and very nice properties. We have been using it recently and like it very much. It is more sensitive to moisture and carbon dioxide contamination than other systems, however. We have had no problems with it in our climate, but there have been several problems reported by builders in very humid climates, probably because the resin and/or hardener were left uncovered for a period of time. There was recently quite a flap on Internet by a builder claiming to have received a "bad batch" because it was cloudy. Others receiving the same batch number found theirs to be perfectly clear with no problem curing, so it is not clear what caused the one isolated complaint. Wicks has asked us to publish this letter from Fiber-Resin Corp, who took over the production of epoxy from Hexcel:
Dear Rosalie (Wicks),
It was a pleasure speaking with you regarding the FH2427A&B resin system. The technical laboratory personnel at Fiber-Resing Corp. in Chatsworth CA have investigated and reviewed the quality history of both the part A and the part B as well as specifically retesting our retain and stock of the FH2427B lot #CEHE066. All of the results and retesting confirm the original Q.C. test data indicating that the material is in specification. This supports your observations of your stock that the material is fine.
I would like to reconfirm that in handling all resin systems, it is very important to keep the containers tightly sealed except when dispensing material. This helps to keep exposure of the material to air, humidity and other possible contamination down to a minimum and maintain the product physical properties and storage life. The FH2427 resin system may be slightly more sensitive to air and/or humidity than other resin systems such as those that contain styrene and/or MDA. This is a trade-off for the significant safety and environmental advantages of the FH2427 resin system. One way to maximize the quality and storage life of FH2427 resin system, and for that matter any resin system is to displace the air and humidity from the container headspace each time the container is closed using some form of dry gas such as nitrogen or FH8440 "Burp", available in aerosol cans.
We periodically receive inquiries from users of FH2427 as well as users of other resin systems concerning a wet lay-up laminate not looking or curing correctly (too brittle or too soft), resin or hardener not looking right (cloudy, off color, etc.) or the resin not wetting out to fiberglass. In almost every situation the problem relates to techniques and procedures. Mix ratio of the part A and part B must be used within the stated shelf life. The fiberglass being used must also be kept free of contaminants including humidity and moisture. The application must be allowed to cure adequately to achieve the final physical properties.
If we can be of further assistance regarding any of the Epolite products, do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Department. Thank you for your continued interest in Fiber-Resin products.
The Aerocanard with the Infinity retractable gear that we discussed in newsletter #52 was for sale at Sun 'n Fun. We noticed in a recent edition of Trade-A-Plane that it is now being advertised as a Cozy Mark IV.
We're getting close enough to completion of the Mark IV we better order the Owners Manual. We're working on the "Puzzle Parts" (engine, wiring, instruments, etc.) and hope to make it to Oshkosh this summer. If not, it'll be done soon after. Hope to see you soon!
Pat & Jeannine Young
The internet mail list has now grown quite large. I was number 7 a year ago and it has now passed the 200 mark. Of that number almost a hundred are actively building. Hopefully it has helped reduce the number of phone calls you get and the overall tone has mellowed significantly as Mark Zietlin and others of us try to short circuit personal attacks from getting out of hand.
My Cozy is progressing well. Chapters 4 through 12 and 14 are complete and chapters 16 and 24 are being worked on now (I'm doing the chapter 24 work myself to reduce the financial burden and I also find it challenging to do all the fitting!). Wing cores are on order from Featherlite so I should be starting on the wings next month. I'm concentrating on completing the chapters that generate the most labor for the least cost since money is limited this year but I want to keep the project moving all of the time. I'll probably leave chapter 13 until close to the end as it doesn't seem to impact the rest of the construction. I'm estimating that all structures will be complete by this time next year and then another year for finishing. I was hoping to have the plane ready for my 65th birthday (next summer) but that's not going to happen.
I hope all is well with you and Shirley. We have been thinking that we might drive to Phoenix again some time this summer to visit with you for a new hours and perhaps get our first ride in a Cozy if you're agreeable (Editor: Please do!). If you remember, we made the trip last summer but your Cozy was down at the time so we missed the flight opportunity.
I don't know if you are interested, but most of the information I've accumulated lately on my list of potential projects has been via the internet. I'm not really much of a computer hacker, but I've greatly enjoyed the chronology of Mark Zeitlin's Cozy project via his internet homepage as well as Sid and Mari Lloyd's progress descriptions and rousing endorsement of the Cozy. Someone also had some copies of some newsletters out there that have been very interesting and enlightening. My normal avenue for information has always been to start with Kitplane's annual listing. I'm surprised to find myself using the computer more than the magazine as a source of information!
I don't want to take up any more of your time. Please send me the info pack to the address above. I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival!
Dear Nat & Shirley,
Progress on Cozy Mk IV 415 hasn't gotten very far I'm afraid. In fact, you could say I haven't done anything since I ordered the plans. I can't wait to start, but I'm trying to get my own business started so I haven't had much spare time. I will be working out of my house, so I've been spending all of my spare time finishing off my basement to use as by office. Who knows, once the office is done and I'm working out of my house full time, the work shop will be real convenient. I think 20 hrs a week on the office and 20 hrs in the shop sounds O.K., don't you?
Thanks for a great airplane and a nice set of plans. I can't wait to get started building and flying.
Dear Nat and Shirley,
We arrived home from Sun 'n' Fun in 5:50 total flying time against headwinds, Our Cozy Mark IV performed flawlessly! It is such a pleasure to have a speedy and reliable airplane. Our prop is now undergoing final finish at Performance Props so we'll take a flying break now.
Terri & I want to thank you both for the momentos you presented to us at the fly-in. We were so glad to have made it given the weather early on. A highlight for me was being able to give my father his first ride in a Cozy. He loved it! Thanks again. Wishing you blue skies and tailwinds.
Frank & Terri Bibbee
My Cozy is getting its "annual". Nothing very noticeable, no corrosion, no cracks, no delamination. I note however that I have performed 246 landings with the same set of tires from McCreary "Air Trac" model. They first wore on the outboard tread. At 120 landings I reversed the tires to put the worn part inboard and the good tread outboard. Angles vertical and horizontal are per plans. Pressure is per owners manual of 60 psi. Declared gross weight and used weight is 685 Kg. FPFMP with 0-235 C2A is considered and used as a 2-place aircraft.
Since last writing, my family and I have bought a house, gotten mostly settled down, and are currently choosing a configuration of the workshop. I have not "officially" gotten started working on my Cozy Mark IV due to the fact that we are also in the process of remodeling the house. (I must take "back seat" on my airplane building to take care of the needs of the family.)
Nat, I want to thank you for your part in promoting a good, stable, and useful aircraft. I have never seen any headlines about Cozy aircraft having problems (unless it was pilot error!), and that gives the Cozy family a good name. Take care, and God bless!
Aloha and Mahalo
I have to comment to you. I had dedicated my attention till now to the 1st section of the plans. What a surprise when I decided today to have a look at the 2nd section. Chapters 19, 20, & 21 were not there! I ran in panic and wrote to you this (now modified) letter and to the Cozy forum in Internet. The next day a more observant builder posted a reply explaining that the missing chapters were at the end of the 1st section. I don't know if it was a mistake or if they were intentionally sorted this way. Should I do Chapters 19, 20 & 21 after Chapter 14, or do I have to follow the numerical order? (Editor: Either way or a combination is O.K.).
Anyway, I wanted to congratulate you about the plans. Despite English is not my native language, I have been able to follow the clewar and detailed steps of the first chapters.
I hope this letter finds you and Shirley well. Cozy #0393 is progressing. I'm in Chapter 6. Like some point out, if you follow the directions, the parts will line up.
I was interested in a comment in the last newsletter on bending 2024 T3 aluminum for the fuel selector valve. I attempted to use a friend's sheet metal bender - radius too tight! It didn't break, but resulted in severe stress cracks. Then I used the newly generated scrap piece as a shim over the bending angle. It worked great!
The book, "Sport Plane Construction Techniques" by Tony Bingelis, has a chart of selected materials minimum bend radii. .064 2024 T3 Al minimum radius is 3 times its thickness. It makes good sense for all us builders to have this book by Tony as well as "Firewall Forward" and "The Sportplane Builder". Tony doesn't delve deeply into composites, but he covers a lot of questions.
Thanks for your continued support. I'd like to thank Southern California builders Keith Spreuer and Paul Stowitts for fielding some of this first-time builders questions. Paul has started a CA Cozy support group, supplies a roster of other builders in the area, and helped arrange the first West Coast gathering of Cozys hosted by Mike and Waldine Doering in October '95 Porterville.
Mira Loma, CA
My purpose in asking about the airfoil was strictly aimed at making construction easier. My feeling was that if the airfoil was indeed Eppler 1230, I could duplicate it quite accurately with the equipment I have available. Even if the accuracy was not a question, it would be easier and faster for me to let the machines do the job. I should have done a little more homework before calling.
I plotted the Eppler 1230 airfoil scaled to the size of the largest template used in the Cozy. I then taped the patterns from the plans together and overlaid my plot on the plans. What I found justifies your concern about modifications. The upper surface of the airfoil is a perfect, however the lower surface is quite different. The maximum difference is about a half inch. Obviously this is a different airfoil. I had intended to do this in any case. The reason I called was to ask you about any known differences. I am not sure what route I will take now. I may digitize your drawings and use the milling machine to actually cut the templates. If so, I will make sure they match the drawings before I use them. I think I can do it this way in the same or less time and do a better job.
I used Formica for the canard templates. It worked, however I had some trouble with the material being warped. I made a trial aluminum template to see how that would work and there seems to be a minor problem with aluminum. My experience was that the wire was cooled by the aluminum, which caused a problem. I have not tried 1/16" plywood. I have some reservations about getting a smooth surface to drag the wire over. I am planning on trying aluminum with Teflon tape over the edge to serve as an insulator and also provide a very smooth surface. (Editor: What seems to work best is 1/16" plywood with a thin strip of copper tape, available from hobby stores, over the edge to provide a smooth surface.)
I asked about elevator travel problems that some people have had. You suggested I sand a hair off the lower surface of the core trailing edge. I did this and used the original jig blocks which hold the elevator in the neutral position when I installed the hinges. The results were almost perfect. I can get 14 degrees up travel and 30 deg. down without a problem. The gap is .200 with the elevator in the neutral position. I think I could sand the bottom trailing edge of the canard and get a little more up travel if it is deemed necessary. The elevators are ready for final finishing at this time. I placed a small box on the trailing edge and added weight to check the balance. I need a total of 6 oz. at the trailing edge to balance the assembly. I cannot imagine using that much paint in the finishing operation.
For your information, landing gear struts I received from Featherlite were well done and of the proper dimensions. This includes the nose strut. I have just received the nose strut cover and wheel well. These parts are also well done. The parts I ordered from Brock were in stock and promptly shipped. Wicks has been very good about delivery, a few things backordered but they arrived in a reasonable time. All in all, this has been a good experience up to this point and I am sure it will continue to be.
I want to thank you again for your continued support of an excellent design.
I read NL #53, as I do all of the newsletters, in earnest. I was especially drawn to the Letters From Builders section, and in particular, the glide performance report from Ken & Janie Brimmer. I loved reading about his flight test and the details he included to help asses the accuracy of his numbers. As an engineer, I appreciate his effort to conduct an objective test and to control the variables as much as possible. I'd like to see more performance reports from some of the flying builders. And thank you Ken and Janie Brimmer.
One thing puzzled me, however. I was surprised to hear that he desired a wing leveler for "holding the wings steady". I recall flying your airplane about one year ago when you so graciously gave me a ride around the Mesa area. During that flight, I noticed how stable your airplane was in both pitch and roll. Except for my initial ham-fisted inputs that waved the airplane around a bit, the airplane felt like it was on a rail and the light controls were a delight. The pitch/roll harmony reminded me a lot of our Bonanza. The memory of that flight will hopefully carry me through my first flight in our Cozy. That is still in the distant future. We'll be driving to Oshkosh again this year. Hope to see you there.
Bob & Nancy Talir
I'm a Las Vegas police officer/helicopter pilot. I have been following the homebuilt industry since Burt Rutan came out with the Varieze so many years ago. I finally got a ride last Saturday in a Long EZ built by Gus Sabo, the airport manager of the North Las Vegas Airport. WOW! What a believer it made out of me! I experienced in that airplane the sensation I knew as possible in aviation but until that moment has eluded me.
I will be throwing away my plans for the Sportsman 2x2...no more steel tube and fabric for me, I want a fiberglass slice of greased lightning!!
I haven't read anything about the Cozy since it first came out as a 3-place plane. I was excited to see you have plans for a 4-place, which I intend to build. Please send me your information pack.
The Metro Air Support unit is located in the far west end of runway 7-25 at the N. Las Vegas Airport. It is a brand new facility. If any of you own a Mark IV and are looking for a destination, please fly in to North Las Vegas, come in and say "hello" and let me gawk at your airplane....you're always welcome. We have nine pilots in the unit, and most all of us are homebuilt enthusiasts. (Jeff Glynn, if you read this, why don't you look this man up. Maybe he will give you a helicopter ride.)
Las Vegas, NV
Cozy plans #473 is coming along very nicely, if not spectacularly fast. I am working my way through Chapter 7, pretty much at my goal of 4 chapters per year. As others have said more eloquently than I, however, work is not really the right word. Building the Cozy is one of the most satisfying things that I have done and I know that when it is complete I will miss the building process. Walking into the shop and looking over a part of an airplane that I built provides a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
Thanks for your work in the design of this plane and in your support of the builders.
U of Minnesota
Once again, thanks for a great set of plans (Cozy Mark IV) and your dedication to the Cozy. I have just started Chapter 9 and am really enjoying the process. I have consistently found that by sticking to the plans and the proven techniques that all my results are very satisfactory and all measurements are VERY accurate.
You will be happy to know that I have constructed N341CC per plans and have resisted the temptation to make modifications. I do plan, however, to use an electric speed brake actuator and some of the other "accepted" modifications.
I must give a BIG THANKS to Steve Wright and family for sharing their workshop over the past year. This has been a big help--I could not have made the progress that I have without their generosity.
Chris A. Mitchell
Per our conversation today I'm sending a check for $500 for a set of Cozy
Mark IV plans. Visiting with Chuck Walcott (Camarillo Airport) convinced
me this is the airplane to build. Thanks to you (and Burt Rutan), there
is still hope for general aviation.
I'm just sending along my newsletter renewal. I enjoyed the latest newsletter a lot. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for spending the time with me on the phone last night. Hope that you and Shirley had the nice dinner she was looking forward to. I guess a dinner is a small request by her after enduring jury duty.
I have seen builder comments all over. Additionally, I looked up every reference tot he Cozy Mark IV that I could find in years of back issues of every aircraft publication I subscribe to...(many). Every reference regarding you, your company, your operations, your ethics, etc., are all nothing but positive, and in many cases, glowing commendations. As such, please find my check enclosed for a set of plans for the Mark IV.
Todd A. Miller
Falls Church, VA
I am at the stage of cutting out ailerons on my mark IV and I have found the plans to be great when compared to the plans for a popular metal "Brand-X" kit that our EAA chapter is building. Cozy plans are very easy to follow and explicit.
I found it was a struggle to bondo wing jigs to the floor while preparing to bond the core pieces together so I made a simple jig out of a couple of 12' 2x6's to clamp the wing jigs upright in the correct position. It was easy to align the wing gigs and flip them to do the opposite wing.
I experimented with wetting out the six UNI layers of the wing shear web on my work table, flat, on a long piece of wax paper, in reverse order, rolled it up around a 4" tube, then I took it over and unrolled it on the wing core, trimmed it, removed the wax paper, and stippled it well. This was an easier operation than individually wetting each layer on the core. You have to be careful not to distort the layup as you handle it.
I have used an epoxy pump and a sensitive weighing scale to measure epoxies and decided I like the scale better for east of use and ability to switch ratios. I check the scale by weighing a 48" piece of wire and adding a 21.12" piece of wire (48 over 21.12 is a ratio of 100 over 44). The weight of both pieces should equal 1.44 times the weight of the 48" piece (rocket science!).
I have experience with another Cozy that was painted with Acrylic Enamel. This paint does not stick well and temperature fluctuations cause it to bubble and eventually flake off. I plan to use a urethane finish coat. I experimented with some Inconel wire in my hot-wire saw and found it stretches a lot more during use than regular safety wire. Back to safety wire.
Congratulations on the Seven-Oh.
Dear Nat & Shirley,
I really appreciate the effort you put into the newsletter. Just a few lines to update my Cozy Mark IV (#0225) project. Fuselage is glassed inside and out and we are currently working on Chap 9. Doing reinforcement layups on landing gear bulkheads. The only thing that would make this project any better is if I had more time to work on it.
I would like to let you know about my Oshkosh trip last year. I had a great time, it was a year filled with firsts:
Thanks for allowing us to sit in your Cozy and taking time to chat with us. Hope to see you at Oshkosh '96.
Dear Nat and Shirley,
We both hope you had a good time at Sun 'n Fun this year and that you're both doing well. It's hard to believe that one year has already gone by since we purchased our plans. We are on Chapter 16 now and can't wait until we finish. We plan on moving the plane to a hangar in June as we are running out of room in our garage. Nadine got her private pilot certificate earlier this month, that's one other milestone for us. Now to get the plane in the air.... We look forward to seeing you again at Oshkosh this year.
Marc & Nadine Parmelee
WOW!!! I have been reading non-stop about the Mark IV...I can't read enough about the Cozy...You have some kind of a plane...And I can hardly wait to get started on my own. I have been reading magazine after magazine and your info pack is great!!! I also found a lot of information on line with Marc Zeitlin. You may want to tell people about his info on the Internet. He does some great advertising for you. Some of his info helped me make my final decision. Well, I am really excited to be a part of the Cozy Family. It is really great to see how everyone praises the Mark IV and you for all your support. Also, I would like to say thank you to Chuck Wolcott for being so kind to tell me of a fly-in that would be close to my home. I can hardly wait to see his Mark IV.
After all that, the reason for my letter is that I wish to order a set of plans. One last thing, if you could print in the newsletter, if anyone has an epoxy pump they no longer need, I would be interested in purchasing it.
Well, thank you Nat for building an airplane with great performance that an average person can afford!!
Los Banos, CA