Apr 14 2010

SNF Day 1

The trip from Charleston to Tamp was great and for the first time I had a nice tail wind.  My speed averaged around 160 knot.    Sue met me at her house and the EZ looked really nice sitting in their hangar.

Ed has a absolutely gorgeous Cozy 4 with a forward opening canopy which we took over to the show.   I really want to copy his design when I build my ultimate Cozy 540

Had to stop by and visit my friends at Emag which builds the electronic ignition I have in my bird.  It has been working flawlessly for the last 3 years.

Unfortunately, not a lot of canards showed up today.  3 Cozy’s and 3 LongEZ’s.   This is a nice shot of Vance’s Cozy3, Scott Carters beautiful stretched Cozy 540, and Ed’s Cozy 4.

Ed looking at his next airplane… a HUGE CompAir.

Tomorrow I’ll fly my bird over to the show.  Unfortunately, Ed has to go back to work, so I’ll be flying solo .


  • By Jon, April 20, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    Regarding the nosewheel shimmy, I am confused by your terms “back tilt” and “forward tilt.” Are saying that your nose wheel shimmys when the top of the pivot shaft is ahead of the bottom, or behind it?

  • By Nick, April 20, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

    Sorry for the confusion. Back tilt is when bottom of the pivot shaft trailing the top of the pivot shaft. Imagine the strut partially retracted. It is tilted backwards. Forward tilt is the opposite, think of the nose strut being over extended in the down position.

    You would think back tilt would be good, but it is just the opposite. Do some research on caster angles and front end alignments. I still can’t get my head around it, but it work. Since I adjusted the angle, some reason when I taxi, ground control seems a bit better……

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