I (Matt) am a Mechanical engineer by trade, and I’ve been around flying my whole life. My Dad is a pilot, and some of my very first memories are of flying with him, both in sailplanes and in Cessnas. I have also spent a ridiculous amount of time building things for fun… from elaborate fiberglass Halloween costumes to finished basements. I’m a halfway decent carpenter, I’m a pretty good welder, I build my own computers, I work on my own cars, and I have experience working with fiberglass. Naturally, I love having the opportunity to build my own airplane. Throw in the cost savings and freedom you get by being able to do your own maintenance, and building an experimental plane is an obvious choice, considering that I’m willing to put forth the effort.
Heather is my wonderful wife, without whom this would definitely not be possible. Heather is a Physicist by trade, and she is also very much a DIY’er. Her pet project is “Fluffy,” a 1980 Mercedes diesel station wagon, so named because after she bought it and fixed it to the point that it would run, it “purred like a 5000 pound kitten.” Heather too has had a lifelong interest in aviation, especially the experimental sort. Many people I have talked to in the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) have seen many cases of AIDS (Aircraft Induced Divorce Syndrome), which happens when one spouse spends too much time working on their plane. Ahem… Heather picked out this plane, so I don’t expect we’ll have any issues there.
Very quickly after we met, we found that we both had this desire to build an airplane, and the idea has been picking up steam ever since. As we lived a state apart, we knew that when we got married, one of us would have to move. As it turned out, I moved to Maryland, as we could both get a job at the local nuclear power plant, and there was a lovely house on an airpark (MD50) less than 10 miles from work (Amazingly, the only established airpark within an hour of a nuclear power plant anywhere in the country, as far as I can tell). So we bought the house, settled in, and started dreaming of building a Cozy.
Our neighborhood is great! We have world class flight instructors who are eager to teach as neighbors, an excellent team of mechanics, and lots of people who are willing to help out! I feel quite lucky to have stumbled upon such a great airplane building environment.
Now it’s time to build this thing!! I setup this website so that others could follow along with our progress, and hopefully to inspire others to follow in our footsteps. If you have an idea, suggestion, comment, or criticism, please post it.