Since a kid, I've had a passion for airplanes and flying. I received my private pilot’s certificate in 1987 while in college and ever since have dreamed of some day owning my own airplane. After considering the traditional ways of flying...renting, partnerships, large bank loan purchases, etc...I found myself excited about the concept and challenge of fulfilling that dream by building my own airplane.
So which airplane? The Cozy Mark IV, a Nat Puffer designed derivative of the famous Rutan Long EZ (pronounced eee zee).
Click here for a short Cozy video.
The Cozy MkIV is a composite aircraft built from plans and materials. It’s fabricated instead of assembled from a kit which allows you to buy the aircraft as you build it instead of having to lay out $30-60k all at once. Assuming you enjoy the challenge involved in the building (and you better or this is not for you) the ability to buy as you build makes it a great option for those not wanting to go into deep debt to support their flying habit.
Through this site, you can follow my progress, chapter by chapter, over the coming years as I work to build this machine. Be sure to subscribe to updates if you wish to track my progress.
C. A. Baker