Grand Championship Cozy: Getting the Gold

After two decades of building his Cozy III, Dennis Butler took home AirVenture's Golden Grand Champion Plans-Built Award.

1.jpg
Dennis Butler’s Grand Champion Plans Built Cozy III
1a.jpg
First photo of the project with Dennis’ son, John.
2.jpg
Fuel tank with baffles.
3.jpg
Rear window draped over shaping device.
4.jpg
Wing jig.
5.jpg
One of Dennis’ lasagna parties.
6.jpg
Primary activity of the Aircraft Attitude Adjustment Party.
7.jpg
Hanging the aircraft to allow work on the firewall — backward.
8.jpg
Engine mounted.
9.jpg
Fuselage detail.
10.jpg
Wrapping the engine in Saran Wrap for cowling development.
11.jpg
The blue plugs are in place for the foam.
12.jpg
The engine is in place for cowl forming.
13.jpg
Early panel development.
14.jpg
Panel in place.
15.jpg
Wiring for the panel.
16.jpg
Dennis’ paint shop.
17.jpg
Painting the wings.
18.jpg
Front seat upholstery.
19.jpg
Rear seat upholstery.
20.jpg
Finished cockpit.
21.jpg
About ready for flight.
22.jpg
Enroute to AirVenture.
23.jpg
Dennis Butler with the trophy for his Grand Champion Homebuilt.
24.jpg
Enroute to AirVenture 2011.
25.jpg
Enroute to AirVenture 2011.