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Q-Talk 167 - Field of Dreams Fly-In 2014

FOD 2014

DATELINE: ORANGE, MA 2013
Yaas, you read that right: 2013. For many years the Quickie Builders Association held its annual Q gathering (the so-called Field of Dreams) in the Midwest, in and around the Kansas City area.

After a more than 20 year history, the Midwest event organizers ran out of gas so up stepped Dave Dugas of Orange Massachusetts (West of Boston) who built his Q2 as QAC originally intended.

FOD Attendees

Dave had flown to our Midwest events several times and he decided it was high time we all flew to his N.E. environs for a change. And so he invited us to a "Field of Dreams" event at his base in Orange MA. He enticed us with a promise of lobsters galore.

Mutha Nature was not in the mood to cooperate in 2013. The weather sucked and the Midwest flatlanders didn't see much sense in poking around in mountains, low cloud and rain. A couple who tried, backed off and one even had an "excitement" that took a year of recovery. The event was poorly attended by the 4 wheelie guys; Dugas was disappointed. (Somebody sent around a photo of a galvanized garbage can full of cooked, red, lobsters. Now THAT was disappointing to me!)

Mike Bergen's Bonanza

Northeasterners must have a stubborn streak because Dugas was determined to do it again in 2014. This time Mutha Nature couldn't fight the feeling and produced an absolutely outstanding fall weekend … but not without a brief scare of a storm crawling up the eastern seaboard. Nobody wanted to disappoint Dave a second time by being bullied by Mutha Nature, so most of us arrived a day early on Thursday.

Bruce Crain's TriQ200

Every day the weather in Orange was bright, sunny and mild with the beginning of glorious fall color changes in the trees around us. The aircraft count included:

NAME STATE AIRCRAFT HOW LONG
Dave Dugas MA Q2 Acft flying 25 years
Sam Hoskins IL Q200 Acft flying 28 years
Paul Fisher IL Q200 Acft flying 24 years
Jerry Marstall NC TriQ200 Acft flying 17 years
Bruce Crain OK TriQ200 Acft flying 17 years
Rod Herzig MA Cozy UNKNOWN
Mike Bergen MD Bonanza Flying since God was a boy

There was a great deal of variety for the 4-wheelie attendees to see.

Sam Torquing

The field has a pair of paved 5,000 foot runways and a small detached chapter meeting house which is adequately plumbed, electrified, chaired and tabled.

Nice Recovery Sam!

With most people already in position, Friday was a lazy day featuring folks like the only gurl (Mary Masal), the slowest builder in the west (Sam Kittle), Mister greenshorts (Alan Thayer), Dave's right hand man and Cozy driver (Rod Herzig) and an interloper from Canada (Marc "Bishop", I can't spell his French name) who turned out to be an alright guy after I watched him with my evil eye for awhile.

[Editor's Note: Marc-Bernard Lévesque is a terrific Q enthusiast who made the trip from Montreal Canada and has promised to provide templates for the Q-200 upholstery set provided by QAC. He had some trouble with the way we were butchering the French language with our mispronunciations of words like "canard" and "decalage."]

Friday started with fog and a fine breakfast at Sharon's White Cloud Café across the street from the airport. The transient fog gave our "family" a chance to crank up the personalities and get caught up to date with each other. As for me, I was wincing from a painful wrenched back in need of a chiropractor. That's what those tight airline seats can get you if you're too frisky getting out. I was referred to Chuckie Baxter's Chiropractic Clinic.

Herrick's Tavern

After a Friday sunset we all trekked to Herrick's Tavern/Restaurant very close to the Travel Inn where many of us stayed. Dugas must have some kind of Mojo in Orange as we got ushered in past a crowded dining room to a private one already set up for 20 of us for dinner.

We had a most excellent waitress, and very soon the beer limbered up the vocal chords and party time was on the way. Happily, Herricks was only a short distance from the motel so that we could just waddle across the highway (looking both ways as momma taught) and flop into the sack.

Alien Invasion

Saturday morning opened up foggy again so we filled up a corner of Sharon's again just jabbering away and eating while the sky broke out in severe clear. And when it did, it was evident that somebody had a VERY late night on Friday because each Q was festooned with a 3 foot purple or green inflated Alien. This prompted a cacophony of laughing, smiling, and hijinks with the Aliens. After the guffawing and photo opportunities died down, pilots and builders shuffled into the chapter house for a talk given by Jay Scheevel.

Alien Invasion

Now we all know our craft are custom built by individuals with a wide variety of skills and tools. These planes are not like Cessnas or Mooneys built with precision certified factory jigs and fixtures. It follows then that each completed plane differs in performance slightly one from the other. This is evident when pilots discuss the quirks of their individual aircraft.

Jay Scheeval Preaching the Gospel

Jay Scheevel found this to be an interesting curiosity. He set out on a self-imposed project several years ago to see if any sense could be made of what exactly caused the differences. He concentrated his focus on thrust lines, canard and main wing mounting angles and the relationship between them.

Jay Scheeval Preaching the Gospel

He built a gizmo to measure these factors and took static photos on the ground as well as in the air whenever he could. His PowerPoint presentation was fascinating. It seemed to start as a yawn inducing graphical presentation of performance data but brought the pilots bolt upright when he proposed the likely real performance quirks based on the graphs. Several pilots had "AHA!" moments when they understood what the graphs forecasted (eg. Why do I use a higher approach speed than other planes?)

Jay had a disclaimer: This was not NASA quality research and analysis but it was carefully thought out and was a big plateful of food for thought. It was provocative and brain burning. WHEW.

Paul Fischer Fly-by

It was time to get some lunch and do some flying. Alan Thayer began to circulate the idea of all of us flying somewhere for lunch since we had 6 planes on the field. He just couldn't resist the temptation to do something with them and in fact the skies were clear and remained so with record high temperatures for this time of year. Dave suggested we fly to Keene, N.H. with a nice airport restaurant and only a 15 minute flight away. Those not in planes could drive there easily too. Arrival at Keene was set for 2:00pm.

Jon Matcho - First Ride

Right on schedule 4 "other worldly" looking aircraft dropped out of the sky with 2 more shortly thereafter. The flight over was a sight to see: little white steepled churches, very, very old and tucked in among the dense trees already turning a deep red. Little towns and villages steeped in history and people on the radio with accents from another time. Lunch was terrific and the service was excellent.

The flying got even better for when we got back to Orange we hatched a plan to use Rod's Cozy as a photo plane and snap some air-to-air pic's of whoever wanted to pull by. WOW, the crystal clear blue skies and the great cameras we have in our phones these days made for some stunning pictures even through the plexiglass in the Cozy.

And then it was time to shuck some corn, wash a bushel of clams and babysit 60 live "lobstas". At the same time Dan Yager brought out some practice "confidence" layups made per plans for some destruction testing.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim asked me to do a write-up about the destructive testing of our "confidence layups" on the field. However, I am pitching that as another article for a national magazine, and I will let everyone know how that goes. If I can't get any bites from the print guys, I will do a more thorough write-up in the next issue of Q-talk, "I promise!" Below are a couple teaser photos of our "Rube Goldberg" looking but highly repeatable test apparatus, and the results.]

The Test Rig



The Test Rig



The Results

Sunset began to wane behind the forested western hills straining to show some New England fall colors. A fire was struck and galvanized trash cans full of corn, clams or lobsters in sequence were set to steaming. "All the King's men" (and ladies) were unable to eat all the corn, clams and lobsters set before us (all at a very neighborly cost too!). WOW! We could've used a phalanx of wheelbarrows to get our bellies back to the house.

Corn Huskers

It was a whale of digestion overnight but by Sunday noon everyone had squeezed into the planes along with baggage and a bottle of maple syrup gifted by Dave Dugas and wife Dianna and headed into the sky outbound.



The Big Eat

To see more coverage of this year's "Field of Dream" check out Jon Matcho's report on the canard zone forums.

 

 

 

Q-Talk 165 - Odds and Ends

Kevin Sheely First Flight!

Kevin Sheely took a pile of foam and glass . . . and turned it into a flying machine! Congratulations on your successful first Flight! Kevin posted the following videos to the Q-list . . . Check them out! Nice First Landing!

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To read more check out Kevin's Blog.


JetEZ UPDATE

Lance Hooley sent me a couple of quick videos to show the progress he's made on his JetEZ project. He moved from testing the engine to taxi testing! Looks like he will be ripping through the sky in great haste VERY soon! Good luck Lance!






Turns Out That Template Does Exist

In the last issue we talked about how Sam had some trouble ensuring that his LS1 canard was built with the correct shape.

Well it turns out that QAC did create a template to help with that . . . I had just never seen it before.

Kevin Boddicker set me straight, and mailed the template to me. I have it scanned, and I will make it available to the group as soon as I get it formatted

Thanks Kevin


Coming Soon!

Wayne Bressler sent me all of the metal parts from his unstarted Q1 project. I will be making drawings of each of these and making them available to the group. I will also add them to the "Ultimate Quickie Package"

Sam Hoskins is almost finished re-building his LS1 canard. He took good notes (and photos) and I will include them in my effort to update the LS1 plans.

Stay tuned!


Tutorial 1 - Navigation and Search

 

 

In this VIDEO tutorial I describe the basic layout of the site.  Menu layout, and Navigation tips.  I also teach you how to use the "Contact Me" button to ask questions, and send materials for me to upload.  In addition, I describe how to perform a search on the main site, and in the forums.

 

 

 

2011 Tandem Wing Spring Fling

2011 Tandem Wing Spring Fling May 13, 14, 15
Hosted by Kevin Boddicker - Decorah Municiple Airport (KDEH)

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"This is a VERY laid back event.  You might even consider it boring, unless you're a pilot or builder!"  -Kevin Boddicker

There are plenty of accommodations in DEH, and anyone can feel free to make their own reservations to suite their particular tastes:

Super 8  563-382-8771 (so so)
Quality Inn 563-382-2269 (Newly Renovated)
Hotel Winneshiek 563-382-4164 (VERY PRICY)
Bluffs Inn  (kinda dusty).
Country Inn & Suites 563-382-9646

Camping of a primitive nature will be allowed on the airport grounds too.   

Get your reservations in and fly or drive to NE Iowa for a good time.

The Spring Fling, be there or be square!

Kevin Boddicker
TriQ 200 N7868B   195 hrs
Luana, IA.

General FAQ

Since Setting-up this website in November of 2005, I've received many e-mails from people interested in the Quickie designs. I do not claim to posses the ultimate and final answers to anyone's questions, so I respect and rely upon the experience and knowledge of other builders and enthusiasts to help me out. 

As always, especially in experimental aviation, the buyer/builder has the final say as to the safety of his or her own airplane, and the application of any answer given. Therefore always remember that your mileage WILL vary.

Below are Frequently Asked Questions that I receive via e-mail and at fly-ins:

General Questions

What is the name of the company that produced Quickies?
How many variants of the Quickie are there?
How do I tell the difference? How do I know what I saw (or bought)?
How many Quickies were sold?
What are the average cruise speeds of the various Quickie models?
How many seats are in a Quickie?
What materials are used in the construction of Quickies?
How long does it take to build?
Are Quickies a biplane?
What is a canard and why would you want one?
Why is there a wing in the front and no horizontal stabilizer in the back?
Is there a tricycle version of the Q2/Q200?
What engines are used to power Quickies?
Where can I go for help in building a Quickie?
Are there any fly-ins specifically for Quickies?
Can you still find kits for Quickies?
Are plans available?
Is there a web site for Quickies?
Is there a newsletter for Quickies?
What are the LS1 and GU designations?
What is a belly board?

Quickie (Single Place) Specifications

What are the specifications for a single seat Quickie? - 18 hp Onan

Q2 and/or Q-200 (Two Seat) Specifications

What are the specifications for a Q2?
What are the specifications for the Q200?
What are the control limits on a Q2/Q200 with an LS1 canard?
What was the CG range developed by Quickie Aircraft Corp. for the LS1 canard on the Q2/Q200?

Tri-Q (Tricycle Landing gear) Specifications

What are the specifications for the Tri-Q?

Builder Questions

Can I build a Single Seat Quickie from scratch, using only the plans sold here on this site??
Can I build a Q2/Q-200/Tri-Q from scratch, using only the plans sold here on this site?
Can I build this in my garage/house or do I have to build it at the airport?
How can I tell if I have a GU or an LS1 canard?
What is the progression of control when taking off in a Quickie?

 


Q: What is the name of the company that produced Quickies?

A: company called Quickie Aircraft Corporation (QAC) started selling plans and kits for the original single place Quickie in late 1979 after winning the "Best New Design" award at Oskosh (Airventure) that year.

In 1982 they produced and sold kits for the two seat version called the Q2.

In 1984 QAC upgraded the two seat version with a new canard airfoil and Continental O-200 engine and called it the Q-200.

The company went bankrupt in 1986 while defending themselves in a lawsuit filed by a builder who was injured in a Single Seat Quickie accident.

The kits are no longer manufactured by QAC, but they are still actively supported by an active group of fellow builders and flyers that formed the Quickie Builders Association (QBA) in 1982. QBA has continually published a bi-monthly newsletter since it was formed.

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Q: How many variants of the Quickie are there?

A: There are 4 major variants of the Quickie design: Quickie (single seat), Q2 (two seater with GU Airfoil Canard and Revmaster (VW) engine), Q-200 (two seater with LS1 Airfoil Canard and Continental O-200 engine), and Tri-Q (two seater with tricycle landing gear).

Within the 4 major variants, there are many sub variants due to differences in engines, and the airfoil of the front wing (canard).

Additionally, there are a few Tandem Wing designs that are related to the Quickie, but were not produced by Quickie Aircraft Corporation. (See question/images below.)

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Q: How do I tell the difference? How do I know what I saw (or bought)?

A: Typically if you see a tandem wing airplane with only a single seat, it is a Quickie. The original GU canard was prone to lose lift in rain, or with bug contamination, due to it's "laminar flow" design. Quickie Aircraft Corporation (QAC) addressed this issue by telling builders to install "vortex generators" (small vertical tabs) along the span of their canards to maintain the smooth flow of air over the canard when contaminated.

Later QAC approved an improved canard airfoil called the LS1. The LS1 airfoil has less critical building tolerances, and is not prone to lose lift during rain or bug contamination. However, an aerodynamic "sparrow strainer" is required on the trailing edge of the canrd to reduce stick forces during flight.

This is an Onan powered Single Seat Quickie with the original GU canard.
(Note the vortex generators.)
Terry Crouch's award winning Single Seat Quickie with LS1 Canard and 18HP Onan Engine. (Note the sparrow strainers.)

The Success of the Single Seat Quickie brought competition. In 1981, Viking Aircraft beat QAC to the punch and introduced a Two Seat Tandem Wing design based on the Quickie. They dubbed their creation the "Dragonfly." There was a bit of a rivalry between Quickie and Dragonfly builders in the early days. But over the years we have formed a tight bond, and host several fly-ins per year, with our Dragonfly brethren. However, a Dragonfly is NOT a Quickie. The Dragonfly is "plans built" meaning that the builders needed to fabricate almost all of their own parts. Unlike the Q2, the Dragonfly has flat surfaces on its fuselage, and the wings are detachable for trailering.

This is a Two Seat Dragonfly MKI - The MKI denotes the landing gear being placed on the tips of the canard.(Note the flat sides on the Dargonfly fuselage.)
This is a Two Seat Dragonfly MKII - The MKII denotes the landing gear being moved inboard to help with ground handling.

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Q: How many Quickies were sold?

A: About 1000 sets of plans and kits were sold for the single seat Quickie and about 2000 kits were sold for the two place Q2 and later the Q200.

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Q: What are the average cruise speeds of the various Quickie models?

A: Single place Quickies with an 18 hp Onan motor can cruise at over 110 mph.
    Two place Q2s with a 65 hp VW engine can cruise at over 140 mph.
    Two place Q200s with a 100 hp Continental O-200 (from a Cessna 150) can cruise at over 180 mph.

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Q: How many seats are in a Quickie?

A: The original Quickie has one seat. The Q2 and Q200 has two seats side by side.

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Q: What materials are used in the construction of Quickies?

A: Quickies are primarily made out of foam, fiberglass and epoxy. There are also welded steel parts, aluminum parts and some wood.

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Q: How long does it take to build?

A: The Quickie Aircraft Corporation quoted about 500 hours, but 2000 to 3000 is more realistic. Prior experience can help reduce the number of hours needed. Given the demands of current lifestyles, five years of construction should be considered as a minimum.

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Q: Are Quickies a biplane?

A: Yes and no. The Quickie design does use two large flying surfaces much like a biplane, but the wing in front is actually called a canard. The canard produces approximately 60% of the lift for Quickies but it also helps control the pitch of the aircraft by incorporating elevators at the aft surface of the canard.

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Q: What is a canard and why would you want one?

A: Canards go back to the first powered flight done by the Wright brothers. Aerodynamically, the canard in a Quickie is designed to stall before the main wing when the nose is pointed too high. By stalling first, the canard causes the nose to drop down and the plane recovers on its own before the main wing stalls. This is a major safety feature of the Quickie design.

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Q: Why is there a wing in the front and no horizontal stabilizer in the back?

A: The forward flying surface, called the canard, has a dual function. It produces approximately 60% of the lift in this aircraft but it also has control surfaces built into the rear portion designed to give the pilot the up and down pitch control usually provided by a horizontal stabilizer. Having both would be redundant.

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Q: Is there a tricycle version of a Q2/Q200?

A: Yes, Scott Swing, who formerly worked at the Quickie Aircraft Corporation, designed a fiberglass main gear and a steel nose gear arrangement for Q2 and Q200s. The Tri-Q kits are still available.

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Q: What engines are used to power Quickies?

A: The single place Quickie was designed for the 18 hp Onan generator motor. Later improvements made 20 hp and 22 hp Onans available.
Single place Quickies have also been flown with Rotax 503 and 1/2 VW engines.
Q2's were designed to use the 65 hp 2100D Revmaster VW engine popular in the early '80s. This engine was later modified to deliver 75 hp.
Q200's were designed for the 100 hp Continental O200 which are usually found in the much slower Cessna 150.
Several builders are working on alternative engines including the Mazda Rotary, Subaru EA-81, Subaru EJ22 Legacy, Rotax 912, and Corvair engines.

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Q: Where can I go for help in building a Quickie?

A: There are hundreds of builders throughout the US and around the world who could offer help in answering your questions. The Quickie Builders Association grew from this group of experienced builders. The Q-Talk newsletter allows its members to share ideas and to help one another through the building and flying process.

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Q: Are there any fly-ins specifically for Quickies?

A: Quickie forums are held annually at Sun 'n Fun and Oshkosh. Fly-ins specifically for Quickie aircraft are held in several parts of the country. View Events Page

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Q: Can you still find kits for Quickies?

A: There are still many kits available in all stages of construction from still in the box to "ready to paint."

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Q: Are plans available?

A: Quickies and Q2/Q200's are kit built airplanes. You need to find a project to build one. There are many projects out there from never started to almost ready to fly.

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Q: Is there a web site for Quickies?

A: Yes, your looking at it. http://www.quickheads.com

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Q: Is there a newsletter for Quickies?

A: Yes, it is called Q-Talk. Q-Talk was first published in 1982 and continues to provide building tips and information to fellow Quickie builders. It can help reduce construction time while still building a safe and fun plane to fly.

The web address for Q-Talk is http://www.quickheads.com/subscribe

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Q: Can I build a Single Seat Quickie from scratch, using only the plans sold here on this site?

Q: Can I build a Q2/Q-200/Tri-Q from scratch, using only the plans sold here on this site?

 

A: Maybe? The plans for sale here on the QBA website were originally distributed with the kits supplied by Quickie Aircraft Corporation.

The Single Seat Quickie (Q1) plans contain all of the details necessary to construct the fuselage from scratch. They are also posted online here for FREE so that you can preview the instructions and see if YOU feel it is something you are capable of building.

The Q2 kits came with the fuselage pre-molded. The fuselage for the Q2 is the same for the Q2, Q-200, and Tri-Q. It would be difficult to build a fuselage from scratch using only the plans, and large templates as a guide. I do not know YOU and your level of resourcefulness . . . However, I am aware of one builder (Brad Baer) who successfully built a Q2 fuselage from scratch using nothing but the plans, and large templates.

The large template sheets contain fuselage jigging templates for supporting the fuselage during construction. The large template sheets also contain outlines of all of the major bulkheads. The plans and templates also indicate where those jigs, and bulkheads should be placed, via numbers called Fuselage Stations, or FS numbers expressed in inches from a common starting point. (For example, the firewall bulkhead is at Fuselage Station 14 (FS14) meaning that it is 14 inches behind the tip of the spinner.

Brad laid out the fuselage jigging templates, and ran stringers between them.

He then laid foam in the newly created form and glassed over it. In this manner he was able to finish the bottom of the fuselage.

For the top, he used the bulkhead templates as a guide, and again foamed and glassed them into place.

Brad documented this work at www.mykitplane.com but that website has since been taken down. The thumbnail photos remain in the internet archive here.

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Q: Can I build this in my garage/house or do I have to build it at the airport?

A: The intial building should be done in a workshop area you have good access to and heat if you live in a cold area of the country. You only need to take the plane to the airport right before you are ready to be inspected and fly. You transport your plane on a trailer. The design includes a split line in the fuselage behind the main wing so you can remove the tail for transport.

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Q: What are the LS1 and GU designations?

A: The original design of the Quickie used one of the GU airfoils for the canard. Rain and bug contamination led to lift problems with that airfoil. The LS1 airfoil was introduced along with the Q200 version to help support the higher weight and not be so sensitive to leading edge contamination.

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Q: What is a belly board?

A: Quickies do not include a flap control, so an air brake that is nothing more than a flat surface that is extended below the fuselage was introduced to provide much the same over-the-nose visiblity you would get with a typical flap.

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Q: What are the specifications for a single seat Quickie? - 18 hp Onan

Maximum Speed: 127 mph
Cruise Speed: 121 mph
Stall Speed: 53 mph
Climb: 425 fpm
Glide Ratio: 9:1 at 75 mph
Empty Weight: 240 lbs
Gross Weight: 480 lbs
Takeoff Distance: 660 ft
Landing Distance: 835 ft
Fuel Economy: 100 mpg
Wing Area: 50 sq ft
Wingspan: 16' 8" (200 inches)

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Q: What are the specifications for a Q2?

A: (per Quickie Aircraft Corporation - Your milage may differ) Wingspan: 16' 8"
Wing Area: 67 sq ft
Empty Weight: 490 lb
Gross Weight: 1000 lb
Fuel Capacity: 20 gallons
Engine: Revmaster 2100-DQ
Horsepower: 64 h.p. @ 3200 r.p.m.
Top Speed: 180 m.p.h.
Fuel Economy-
        Max cruise: 44 m.p.g.
        Economy Cruisse 60 m.p.g.
Takeoff distance 450 ft (750 lb)
        650 ft (1000 lb)
Landing distance 740 ft (750 lb)
        850 ft (1000 lb)
Rate of climb: 1200 ft/min (750 lb)
        800 ft/min (1000 lb)

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Q: What are the specifications for the Q200?

A: (per Quickie Aircraft Corporation - your milage may vary) Length: 19' 10"
Wingspan: 16' 8"
Total wing area: 67 sq. ft.
Empty weight: 505 lbs.
Gross weigth: 1100 lbs.
Useful Load: 595 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 20 gallons
Baggage capacity: 40 lbs. / 5 cu. ft.
Takeoff distance: 610 ft.
Landing distance: 950 ft.
Maximum speed: 220 mph

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Q: What are the specifications for the Tri-Q2?

A: Quickie Aircraft Corporation did not publish official performance specifications for the Tri-Q2 before they went out of business. However, several Tri-Q2's are currently flying with very good results.

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Q: How can I tell if I have a GU or an LS1 canard?

A: The GU and LS1 are very distinctive when you look for a couple of things.

The GU is fairly pointed on the leading edge and almost flat on the underside fore to aft including the elevator.

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The LS1 has a rather blunt leading edge compared to the GU and the underside also has a very definite concave portion that begins aft of the fore to aft midpoint and continues through on to the elevator. Another way of say this is if you flipped the canard upside down, an LS1 would appear as though someone carved a very shallow trough in the aft half of the canard. The GU would appear almost flat fore to aft on that bottom surface.

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Q: What are the control limits on a Q2/Q200 with an LS1 canard?

A: Aileron: 25+6 up, 25+2 down (additional figures are for reflexer throw)
Elevator(LS1): 15 up, 23 down
Rudder: +/- 28 degrees

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Q: What was the CG range developed by Quickie Aircraft Corp. for the LS1 canard on the Q2/Q200?

A: View the graph below.

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Q: What is the progression of control when taking off in a Quickie?

A: The sequence of control response as speed builds or more like the progression of controllable/usable items should be :

-tailwheel
-rudder
-aileron
-elevator
-ground effect
-climb.

Hence holding the nose up initially affords the most directional control (thanks to the tailwheel)
----- followed by the rudder
----aileron next(lean into the wind which is actually a slip against the tire sidewall countering the wind vector)
-----finally if all goes well elevator (nose up) and lift off
-----stay in ground effect trading airspeed for 150% lift
----climb at safe speed and rate.

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