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As Vance said,
I did hear from the buyer, complaining that by the time he gets to take off line, the engine overheats. He wandered why? 🙄 I explained to him that taxiing at high power in the grass, with minimal forward motion, the engine has no way to shed the extra heat.
Than he asked how come the nose dives down too much on takeoff roll?
Again, the small nose wheel boggs down in the grass and the thrust of the engine pushes the nose down I told him. Than he altered the NG strut.
I was very much against him flying from the grass strip, but the doctor was persistent. What do I know?
On Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 11:16 AM vance atkinson <nostromo56@...
About a year or so ago a doctor bought Bulent
Aliev's very nice Cozy 4 that was based in Florida. I ferried it
to Houston TX for Buly and checked out the owner, who had no
experience in EZ types but was very current in Cherokee he owned.
He had a house on a grass field and wanted to base it there. I
checked him out on hard surfaces and told him about the perils of
grass field Ops. He went ahead anyway.
Haven't heard how he fared but months later, did see a picture
that Buly sent me of the plane sporting a brand new aluminum nose
gear strut. Looked like it was milled out of a solid billet and
it looked really nice... and probably cost a small fortune.
You can reach Buly at <bulent.enginegear@...>
have more info relative to how the Doctors machine is doing.
On 7/25/2020 10:13 AM, 'Phil Kriley'
via COZY Builders Mailing List wrote:
I avoid grass even for taxiing if at all possible
and would never consider landing/taking off from grass. Beats
the hell out of landing gear and wheel pants. Damaged my wheel
pants at OSH and at Rough River.
On Jul 25, 2020, at 8:44 AM, hnf.flyboy via COZY Builders
Mailing List <cozy_builders@...
I have 30 years of
grass experience. None of it in a canard. I would love to
use grass for my plane when finished. I won't - unless I
know it's a long and expertly maintained daily. Armadillos
leave terrible holes, can't imagine what happens to our nose
gear when you hit one. There are also moles which leave
their mole hills as mountains if you don't see them in time.
I know of a grass strip at Leeward air ranch in Ocala,
It's the only one I'd use - but haven't seen it in years.
Used to have a few canards there.
Everyone I talk to recommends against it, including
Marc a couple weeks ago.
From: Steven Scott <chiefpilot.qp@...
To: COZY Builders Mailing List <cozy_builders@...
Sent: Fri, Jul 24, 2020 9:49 pm
Subject: COZY: Is anyone currently operating off a grass
strip with a cozy MK IV
I am looking to buy land at an Airpark in
Florida. I need some first hand knowledge and
experience of what I need from a grass runway. Length,
I am inspired by Del Shier who has shared
his Airpark experience with me. His runway is paved. I
need someone with grass experience.
San Diego but getting the hell outta
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