Hello from a new Q1 owner in the UK, well its not a new plane as it is still in the boxes! and it is about 20 years old. I am also not realy a new kid,, at 53 years old I rarely get refered to as a kid these days but I am new to building aircraft and to flying.
My main reason for joining is to gather as much information as possible about these type of homebuilt planes as I can before I actually get started on the build.
I have been catching up with the newsletters you have so kindly uploaded to this site, great job.
I have to renew my garage roof before I can get started and finish off a couple of other projects that I have on the go, Kit build cars similar to the one in my picture. Then its all out to get the plane up and flying.
I notice that you have a list of parts as do I but not knowing a aleron from a turnbuckle I could do with some pictures of the items concerned. I do hope that my kit is complete despite its age.
I got a new digital camera for christmas so I plan to take lots of pictures of the build.
Do you have any members in the UK?
I understand that the Q1 is accepted by the LAA here in the UK and that I will have the build overseen by a senior engineer who will advise me and signe off the build and the completed plane when it is finished. Is that how things are done in the USA and other countries?
Sounds like you have a similar system to that extant in Australia, or at least how it used to be before 1998 anyhow. The US system is a lot friendlier and there are a lot more people crazy enough to build an aeroplane so local clubs often supply much assistance, particularly chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association (the infamous EAA).
Down here we now have a choice to build under the aegis of Recreational Aircraft Australia (RA-Aus, and formerly known as the Australian Ultralight Federation or AUF) which entitles certain dispensations from the strict need to have someone oversee each stage of the build. In fact for certain limited design parameters one can now design, build and fly an aircraft with non-certified materials and sign it off oneself! A final pre-flight inspection by an authorized member of RA-Aus (or it's if more convenient an inspector from CASA, the main aviation body) is the only mandated requirement, and from this is determined the limitations of the permit to fly as regards location, boundaries and so on.
For a Quickie built new from a kit, I could also still take the old pre-1998 path with the Sports Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA) under ANO 95-28 and have them supervise stage by stage, and if it had a certified engine that would allow me to fly over built-up areas once the mandatory "shakedown" or test period has passed, which usually means 40 hours limited to one airfield. Since there is no certified engine for the Quickie the point is moot.
So the sensible thing would be to use the RA-Aus and this then gives me a lot less legislative hassles in the long run. Training is much cheaper and the only real limit is that I'm confined to Class E and G airspace. And since Australia's a big place this really isn't much of a limitaton.
I'm sure there will be similar rules in the UK, if not now then soon enough. Joining your local aero club or association and reading their website should be of benefit. Hope this helps.
Looks like you're off to a good start with the club, not to mention the incredible fortune of finding an unstarted kit! The resin and hardener will be no good by now and should be replaced with new.
I've been a fan of Burt Rutan's aircraft since the Vari-Viggen was first in the news in about 1975, which dates me in your age group (actually 58). I did manage to purchase a Quickie at one time in 2004 but it was in New Zealand and the shipping would have cost more than it was worth, so I sold it to another kiwi a few months later and broke even. There were some repairs needed and I don't think he has flown it yet.
Having an interest for so long, I've accumulated a wealth of knowledge about these little ducks, so if you need any information just ask. Read the plans carefully, and the newsletters, and take your time. And remember, measure twice and then cut once!