QUICKIE HOMEBUILDER ACTIVITY
45 Quickies have made first flights. Seven Quickies have been using Mojave as
a home base for flying. From the phone calls and letters that we have been receiving
at QAC from our builders, it is evident that at least that many more will be
before the end of the year.
.....The average time to build has been about 9 months, with the range all the way from
3.5 months to 14 months.
.....Weights for equipped aircraft have ranged from 249 lb. to over 300 lb.
cases, the prettier aircraft are also the lighter ones.
.....Since the last newsletter, we have received information on three Quickie incidents. Two of the three occurred on early test flights, when the pilots left the vicinity of their home airport, and landed off airport. One was due to fuel contamination (see Newsletter 8, âFlight Testing Your New Quickieâ) and the preliminary report on the second one from the FAA is that airflow to the carburetor had been restricted by improper installation of the cowling, which caused a partial power reduction. The third incident resulted from an unexpected first flight during taxi testing followed by damage during the first landing.
one of these incidents could have been avoided by more careful preparation.
Remember, as a builder you have spent many long hours building your
aircraft. Isnât it worth a little additional effort to assure its success
for years to come?
.....On the bright side, reports
keep coming in from very happy Quickie Pilots. Typical comments range
from, â. . . it flys just like you said it wouldâ to â. . . this is the greatest day of my lifeâ to one individual who said, âThanks again . . . for your encouragement, suggestions, and the patience shown to two guys going around with Â½ a
tank and 2 quarts low!â
.....Previous newsletters have
had pictures of the âNoonerâ Quickie, which used the Mojave airport
for much of its early flying.
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