Cozy Mark IV Chapter 3, Education


The Cozy Mark IV Chapter 3 section is one of the most important sections. This is a self-directed education wokbook and introduction to working with composites. The entire book of plans is set up in a way that you start building the plane with some practice pieces, then some easy airplane pieces, and then some harder pieces, and then more difficult, etc. By the time you get to the flight-critical or safety-critical areas of the aircraft, you have built more difficult structures and performed more difficult layups already.

The education chapter is a 19 page section that includes a few simple projects that you will build. These include

I took the EAA's Comnposite Construction hands-on course for my training. But, I still did most of this chapter anyway, and I was glad that I did. Working with composites is very easy once you understand what is presented in these nineteen pages of Chapter 3.

Although not written into the chapter, this section represents for many builders the beginning of the project. There is a realization of what will be needed to do this project and and understanding of how the plans are written. Chapter 3 is when many people go into their garage, shed, or hanger and set up shop for aircraft construction. This was a big project for me. I got rid of lots of junk that cluttered my garage, installed a lot of electrical outlets and a sub-service electrical panel, and installed a bunch of new lighting for my garage workshop.

The other big part of chapter 3 is the construction of the workshop table. I have read about builders making a big deal about this builders table, over-engineering it like crazy. I have to admit that I made a big deal about it also and now that I look back it seems silly. Advice: Just build a table, call me, call another builder for advice. I am happy to measure my table, take photos, and let you know what to do. The same goes for my fiberglass cabinet and cutting table. Both of these items of "shop furniture" are described elsewhere in several places on this website. Just as everyone else learns in the process of building an airplane... "Follow The Plans" is good advice. The plans clearly describe the jig table right on Chapter 3, page 2, and even include a drawing and dimensions. (The table is to be at least 3 feet by 11 feet).

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