“Soar, eat ether, see what has never been seen; depart, be lost, but climb.”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay

I am building a Cozy MKIV aircraft. This plane is a 4-seater Rutan-derived canard pusher capable of over 200kts with a modified canard to eliminate stall possibilities. Plans are available for $500, and construction is composite (fiberglass+epoxy over foam cores). This type of construction is very flexible, and requires minimal tooling. Total airframe costs should run approximately $18,000, and I expect to spend approximately $20,000 on the engine and initial avionics stack, for a combined total of approximately $38,000.

I was originally tracking my build progress via a database-driven site that I wrote in PHP. It tracked in minute detail the hours and expenses that went into the project. It’s a great idea, but it didn’t last. John Slade began helping me near the end of 2005, and we started making serious progress near the end of 2006. We’ve moved so quickly in some areas that it has been impossible to keep up. We’ve also skipped around quite a bit, to make sure we’ve always had something to do while other pieces cure, and to keep from interfering with one another.

A blog is a more appropriate means of keeping track of things. When I first started the project, they were in their infancy, and weren’t really suited to the task. We’ll see how they work now!

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