It has been a very busy couple of months for us here in the Quickie Builders Association. The sad news that Jerry Brinkerhuff died while test flying his Q-200 was certainly a blow to all of us. However, my expectation is that a LOT of good will come about because of it.
Mike Evans has helped me compile NTSB data so that we can create a searchable accident database that contains ONLY tandem wing aircraft.
In addition, Paul A. Fisher and Sam Hoskins have contributed articles to the community to help with pre-purchase and annual inspections, and tips for getting ready for first flight. In addition several more high time flyers have offered to write articles, and volunteer their time as "Q Advisors" to help us newbies as we construct and test fly our planes. All of this information is now located on the SAFETY TAB of the QBA website. Please check it out, and refer others too it.
On a brighter note,Sam Hoskins took FIRST PLACE in the SPRINT class of the Tennessee Valley AirRace, with a race speed of nearly 211 mph! Awesome! In addition, we've had a couple of successful first flights, by Mick Davies in the U.K. and Reg Clarke from Canada. You can read and see more about their experiences later in this issue.
In addition Sanjay Dhall has completed several more flights in his creation and he is almost half way through his 40 hours on the leash. Please keep at it Sanjay, and keep the reports coming.
I also wanted to personally thank Jim Patillo for contributing article materials for the website. This issue includes a KITPLANES article about his beautiful Q-200 call "Las Vegas Quickie." Thanks Jim.
In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this edition of Q-talk which is once again full of user submissions! As always, I appreciate your continued support, and look forward to working with you as we grow and expand together!
Remember, "Together we build better planes" (and newsletters.)