Mark Slavonia (MJS) is a pilot, an investor, and a passionate cyclist. He wrote on traveler’s checks, rowing machines, and radio altimeters.
The Cox E-Z Flyer was the best toy in the world for a little kid in the late 1970s. In addition, it was risky, loud, and doomed. Starting a Cox E-Z Flyer presented unique difficulties and risks. Like a vintage barnstormer, the starter would hand-crank the tiny, pointed propeller. This illusion of control, which is a real issue for the majority of Cox EZ-Flyer owners, merely acted as a temptation to deviate from the only sensible flight strategy, which is level flight until fuel runs out.