"Building the bird"called a Cozy – ZU CZZ, Serial No 219.
Promoting homebuilding in South Africa.
Contact Gavin Lawson if you are a homebuilder and require parts made.
Burt Rutan's the designer of the Longeze (2 seater in tandum) and others, became the first airplane to fly into space and back. Mike Melville (South African living in the USA) piloted the plane on 21 June 2004, to 100km above the earth.
Read more (below) about the building of this plane in Johannesburg.
Back of the crankcase Main bearings with conrod
The Cozy without engine at the airport.
Feature article in December 2008 edition. Gauge readings and – 24.5 degrees outside!!
Homebuilt to 27,000 feet!!
Feature article in April 2008 edtion. Chris also flies his 1947 Aeronca Chief taildragger when he can.
Photograph from Sun 'n Fun in Rustenburg June 2007 featured in SA Flyer November 2007.
Chris flying ZU CZZ over the southern areas of Johannesburg, the new propellor installed.
Feature articles in the March and April 2006 editons of African Pilot magazines.
Cozy ZU CZZ parked at the end of the runway after its maiden flight.
The Cozy "fledged" on its maiden flight today. Chris van Hoof
the (owner builder) and Dave King the test pilot, flew a test circuit
of 15 minutes at Baragwanath airport (Johannesburg). It handled well in
good flying conditions.
The painting was done in Pietersburg (Polokwane) which is 350 kms north of Johannesburg.
Pieter de Necker with the Cozy propeller he has made.
Graham Pick has nearly completed the fuselarge.