bshankle Posted July 7, 2007 Share Posted July 7, 2007 A little about me: I'm a pilot with 400 hours in a Cessna 172 I sold a couple of years ago and I've kept current via rentals. I met and spoke with Nat Puffer some years back at Sun-N-Fun and was "this close" to ordering Cozy plans because I was tired of how slow my 172 was. Later, convinced by a local RV-6 owner, I opted instead for an RV-7. I bought the rudder parts and never completed a single part before losing interest in aluminum construction. Now I'm at a point in life to be serious about building again and I'm looking seriously at the Cozy or Long-EZ (again). Thanks in advance for reading / answering my questions. Here they are. Materials 1. Over the long term, does fiber-glass and foam stand up to the elements? What about moisture? UV? Paint? What problems are there being seen in the field? What is there to watch out for? How do you mitigate long-term exposure issues? 2. Is there a danger of the epoxy in the cabin melting or becoming soft if you park it in the sun with the top down? 3. How to you keep the cabin cool when the plane is secured? 4. How would you know if a part has weakened or softened due to heat? 5. Would you ever buy a Long-EZ someone else built? 6. What about lightning strikes? Design 1. Not interested in stirring up a canard vs. conventional debate, but this an honest question: Is there a conventional, 4-seat design that has the same fuel economy, speed, and range as the Cozy? If so, what is it? 2. What are some draw-backs of the canard design vs. conventional? Engine and Prop 1. Should I go with a constant speed prop? Variable pitch? I'm thinking I want maximum thrust for take-off and good economy for cruise. Is it worth the weight? 2. How would you know if you had a fire in the engine compartment? Operation 1. I've seen Cozy builders on video (http://www.pursuitofflight.com/ ) say the plane is pitch sensitive and approaches are pretty fast relative to conventional designs. True or not? Is it an issue in practice? 2. Can you land this thing safely in a field or on grass? If you loose an engine what's your plan? 3. What is the likelihood of slamming the nose down on landing? How strong is the nose gear? 4. How do you steer during Taxi? Is is just differential braking and the nose "free-wheels"? Thanks for your time. Potential Cozy Builder, Bruce Shankle Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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