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Jack F.

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    Jack Fairchild
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    Moorestown, NJ
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    Fire Protection Engineer
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    Out of current Private Pilot.

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    Cozy Mark IV
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  1. That's funny. Good memory. New construction would require a one hour fire barrier between the home and the garage. Get a hard wired smoke detector in there and interconnect with the ones in the house. What you have isn't all that different than wall paneling. Work on the planes hard and sleep well. BTW, my garage (detached) has one of those vent-less blue flame wall heaters. Works like a champ!
  2. Have you done any blasting with that compressor? I'm about to buy one in preparation for some finish work.
  3. I looked at Tom's plane last summer when I had some extra time on my hands. I would describe it as "rough around the edges". Tom's a great guy who is very resourceful. He built the plane on a budget. Everything is basic. Empty weight on the placard was 1100lbs. The biggest obstacle is the unpickled engine. I have about two dozen pictures of the plane if anyone is interested.
  4. That's gotta be Steve Parkins project! Beautiful lines.
  5. $80,000. Shown at the bottom of https://siegels.us/Cozy.html
  6. That is just absurd. Hard to believe demand is that low.
  7. Heh! I took the cover photo! Now I have to buy a book!
  8. Looks nice. How are you trimming those edges? Peel-ply? Knife trim? Sanding? Scissors? Or are you just chewing the extra glass off?
  9. Sure, I've got two. This was about 20 years ago. I was flying commercial from LaGuardia to London and right at the point of rotation one of the left engines exploded. (Where's the crash position avatar?) I was at the window on the right side so I couldn't see the engine. My first thought was a tire blowout, but that thought only lasted a second, beacause all the passengers on the left side could see the fire and were not happy. The pilot was screeching the plane to a halt and I was becoming increasingly concerned about the water ahead of us. Someone got on the PA and was clearly very shaken, they said the fire was out and we would have to stay on the runway while the brakes cooled. There was concern that the brakes had fused and we would not be able to taxi back. So three hours we taxied back to the terminal where we were shuffled from one plane directly to the other, because we were technically out of the country. Next... This one was almost 25 years ago. On a flight back from London, we landed in Gander Canada for fuel. No problems so far, but they could not get the plane to restart. We ended up staying in the airport for 13 hours, which at the time was nothing more than a gas station. A plane had to be brought in from Boston, and crew from elsewhere. They quickly ran out of coffee and only had the blankets and pillows from the aircraft. You would think I would be leary of flying as a result of these, but I'm not. BTW if anyone can find the NTSB reports for either of these, please let me know. I'd love to read them, I've never been able to find them. Jack Fairchild
  10. AirShark - http://www.chooseyouritem.com/airplanes/files/8000/8487.html
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    In addition to covering your skin be sure to cover your eyes. Wear those goggles everyone!
  12. This is a must do. Are you talking vertical slots? This would be difficult to repair. If we are only talking temporary here. I would cut a horizontal slot at the top of each stud bay and blow in insulation. The problem with that stuff is its low "R" value and it settles. Please do not leave any highly flammable materials exposed. Not sure about this one.If you are trully going to rehab your shop from top down, then just bear with it untill then. Jack Fairchild
  13. These are all good items to check. I purchased a project which was about 1000 hrs. along. Fuselodge on gear, canard and spar complete. Together the seller and I worked on the wings and winglets at his shop. This gave me invaluable insight as to his workmanship and taught me how to work the materials. I don't know your skill level, but this worked out extreamly well. Anyway... The ideal thing would be to get someone who is building or has built one to look at the project. The seller should have no problems with this if his/her workmanship is in order. I was unable to have this happen and have since come across a few (minor) issues. Do you have the plans and all updated newletters? Are the plans included? Be sure to check that he has made all of the mandatory changes as published in the newsletters. The seller of my project missed the mandatory removal of foam around the spar attach notch (newsletter 80?) so I have a little work to do there. Ask about any mods he has made. Forward hinge canopy, electric landing brake, electric nose wheel? What brakes has he used? The list could go on and on... Is there enough left to qualify for the "51%" rule. Good luck to you, I hope this has helped. Jack Fairchild working on canopy...

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