QUICKIE NEWSLETTER 2 page 2
- Category: QAC Newsletters
- Published: Wednesday, 14 June 2006 00:06
- Written by Quickie Aircraft Corporation
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..... It was not unusual during the week at Oshkosh to find a crowd four people deep surrounding both the Quickie on the flight line and our booth in the main Exhibit Building (in fact, some people complained that they couldnât find our booth!)
.....Gene, Tom, and Burt gave forums on the Quickie on both Monday and Friday. The crowd estimate on Monday was over 900 people. As a result, the forums ran long past the scheduled one hour.
.....We were fortunate enough to acquire a flight demonstration slot immediately prior to the airshow on several days. Quickie flight demonstrations were flown by Tom and Burt. When traffic permitted, both flew the aircraft within a box about 3/4 mile long by 1/4 mile wide by 500 feet high to showoff the extreme maneuverability of the Quickie.
.....Peter Lert (pilot report in June 1978 Air Progress) flew the Quickie for a photo session with Popular Mechanics, who plan to put us on the cover sometime this year. After returning, we asked him in front of a large crowd how he liked the aircraft. His reply was, âFlying a Quickie is the most tun a person can have in public during the daytime!â
.....Dick Rutan flew the Quickie for a photo session with the EAA for the movie they are making about Oshkosh. Howard Levy went along to take pictures also.
.....The section in the back of this Newsletter entitled âANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSâ was derived from our Oshkosh experience. At the end of the week, we felt like we had personally talked to every one of the over 350,000 people that attended. It took two days before our voices recovered.
.....A frequent comment heard at Oshkosh concerning the Quickie was, â. . .it would be perfect for me if only it was a two-place.â A two place Quickie would be considerably more expensive and tine consuming to build and maintain. We think that pilots should revise their thinking; donât buy more aircraft than you need for 75!. of your flying. If most of your flying is alone, donât buy a Cherokee Six because you take your family on one two week vacation every year. Instead, rent that âSixâ for the two weeks, and fly something much more economical for the rest of the year. You will be surprised how much money you will save. An additional benefit is that a Cherokee Six is not fun to fly, but a Quickie is! With inflation and the cost of energy skyrocketing, itâs time to become more practical; if most of what you want in an aircraft is an inexpensive, safe, fun-to-fly aircraft, buy a Quickie, and rent a two or four place aircraft when you need it. THINK ABOUT IT!
THE FLIGHT HOME; GRASS RUNWAY OPERATION
..... The trip home to Mojave, California was as uneventful as the trip East. The most important news is that we stopped at Ames, Iowa to test the Quickie off of a grass runway. We loaded the Quickie to 20 lbs over gross weight and took off at a density altitude Ã¼f about 2,000 feet, and a relative humidity of about 85. The Quickie was off the ground within 100 feet of what the Grumman Trainer required. Ames has a typical midwestern grass runway; it was rolled about two years ago, is fairly level with no large ruts, and the grass is clipped to within about three inches. Based upon our experience there, we have no hesitation in recocnmending the Quickie for operation off an airport of this sort.
.....We also stayed over one day in Minneapolis so that some of the Onan employees would have the opportunity to see the aircraft. While there, we also appeared on a local TV show.
.....We made other overnight stops at Newton, Kansas (the local Ramada Inn asked us if we knew the wereabouts of a certain James R. Bede) and Albuquerque again. After returning to Mojave, California, we spent the next few days recovering and opening the 300 pieces of mail that were waiting for us!