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These Quickie plans have been specifically designed to educate you in the construction materials, their use, and to guide you through each step of assembly in the most efficient manner possible. It is our intent to drastically reduce the non completion rate* com on to homebuilt aircraft. with that in mind, we have:

  1. Preceded the plans with an education chapter intended to thoroughly acquaint you with the tools and materials. and how to use them.
  2. Laid out the plans in a detailed, step-by-step format to answer the question of "what do I do next?".
  3. Provided all appropriate information to each step adjacent to the words. Due to binding requirements, the larger drawings are grouped together in an appendix.
  4. Provided full-size templates where required, to avoid the work and confusion associated with scaling up drawings.
  5. Provided a complete kit from one source to eliminate time spent looking for materials.
  6. Identified the difficult to build items, and included them (prefabricated and ready to install)
  7. Set up our newsletter, "The Quickie Newsletter" as a continuing plans up- dating/correcting system. **

* Over 80% of homebuilt airplane construction projects started, are never finished and flown.
** Because plans updates occasionally are of a mandatory nature, a subscription to "The Quickie Newsletter" is mandatory for those building a Quickie.

Building Sequence
The nature of the type of Quickie structure requires that a part be left alone to cure for a longer period of time than that required to build it. Thus, you will find that when following the step-by-step order, you will often find yourself out of work, waiting for a cure. In most cases you can skip to another chapter and build another part while waiting. With a little planning and familiarity with the entire manual, you should be able to use all your time productively.

Please follow the following procedure if you do not understand something and need an answer. First of all, do not be concerned if you do not understand everything the first time you read through the plans. Many things that may not be obvious just reading the drawings, will be obvious when you have that portion of the airplane in front of you or have built a similar part in a previous chapter. Also, we will be able to help you better if you are looking at that portion of your airplane. So, do not ask for clarification until you are really working in that chapter. We have found through our Quickie experience that the majority of questions the homebuilder asks are already answered somewhere in the plans. We have made considerable effort in Be Quickie manual to make the information visible. If you do not understand something, study the words in the step, study the sketches and all related sections/views/photos, then look through the full size drawings that show that portion of V the airplaneezlf its a methods-type question, re-read the education chapter for clarification. If the answer is still not found, it may be that, that item is covered in detail in another chapter (there is some necessary overlap). It is possible that a question related to the operation of a part of the airplane or its maintenance is answered in you owners manual. Also, check your back issues of "The Quickie Newsletter" for plans updates or clarifications. OK, you have checked everything and you are still stumped. You can do one of three things:

  1. Ask a friend. Often a description of an item is unclear to one individual and clear to another.
  2. Write to Quickie Aircraft Corporation, leaving room on the paper under each question for our answer. INCLUDE A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE and INCLUDE YOUR AIRCRAFT SERIAL NUMBER. we do our best to answer all such questions within two days of receipt. We cannot answer questions regarding the application of non-recommended materials or regarding non-approved modifications.
    	Quickie Aircraft Corporation
    P.O. Box 786
    Mojave, CA 93501
  3. Call Quickie Aircraft Corporation: 805-824-43l3
  4.     Also let us know if you have found a better way of doing something. If we agree, we'll publish it in "The Quickie Newsletter" so that all Quickie builders can benefit. If it is ppg a good idea, we'll tell you why, ii you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
         Do keep us up to date on the progress of your project. Send us a black and white snap shot of your airplane for publication in "The Quickie Newsletter". Photos in the newsletter are particularly beneficial if they are of an area of the airplane that's not clearly shown with photos or sketches in the plans. Remember, the primary purpose of "The Quickie Newsletter" is to support your airplane project.
         If you are not a member of The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), do join. This is the only organization who looks out for the homebuilder as far as FAA regulations are concerned. Membership in your local EAA can be extremely beneficial both in building your airplane and in meeting people who share your interests. Their monthly publication, "Sport Aviation." is worth the $20-per-year membership fee in itself. write to EAA, Box 229, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130. EAA often publishes reports on builder's projects - send them photos and some words on your progress.

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The builder of an amateur-built aircraft is the manufacturer; he is responsible for quality control on all parts, all construction, and the conduct of his flight tests. While Quickie Aircraft Corporation is not the manufacturer of your aircraft, we do, through these plans end services, provide you with information about how out Quickie was built and how we feel is the best way for you to build a safe, reliable airplane. We do encourage you to build the airplane as shown on the plans because we have found that our airplane provides us with reliability and safety, and any problems that we experience with our aircraft are documented end reported in "The Quickie Newsletter". we have gone to a considerable effort in developing the design, the structure, and the systems, and proving their adequacy with appropriate tests.

If you modify the airplane and then ask us if your modification will work, we cannot give you an answer without conducting the appropriate tests and totally qualifying the modification. This would obviously be quite expensive. Our concern then, is that if your modification is not successful, and causes an incident or accident, this would be attributed to our design, the Quickie, Because of this, we must insist that if you modify the airplane with any major change (such as an aerodynamic change, primary structural change, or using a non-approved engine installation), you call your airplane a different name, rather than a Quickie. lf you make a major change, you must consider yourself involved in basic aircraft design and development , an extremely risky business. As such it is not fair to us to be associated with any results of your development. We state this not to discourage inventiveness and progress, but to release any connection of your new development efforts with our proven design, the Quickie.

We are particularly concerned about individuals using alternate engines to power their Quickies. The Quickie was designed around our engine; any change would require an exhaustive test program to determine not only the new engines suitability as an aircraft powerplant, but also its suitability as a Quickie powerplant.

FAA Licensing Procedures

This procedure applies in the U.S.A. only. The FAA has a definite procedure for registering and licensing homebuilt aircraft. There is nothing complicated about it but they insist that you follow each step carefully.
  1. Contact your local FAA engineering and manufacturing district office or FAA general aviation district office. Tell them you are building a Quickie homebuilt. Give them the following information:
    • 3-View drawing of the Quickie
    • Aircraft serial number
    • Aircraft registration number, if available(see step #2)
    • Approximate date of completion
    • Engine-type
    FAA will then answer you, and give you an idea of how much notice they want for them to inspect your airplane, tell you where the approved test areas are, etc.
  2. This step is optional, and applies only if you want to reserve 2 specific registration number (the number you will paint on the tail). You can ask for all numbers, numbers followed by a single letter or numbers followed by two letters. They are preceded by the letter "N" (For example N77Q, N79DE etc.) Be sure to give them your second and third choice, in case the number you want is already taken. Send $10 to reserve your special number. Address FAA Aircraft Registry, Box 25082, Oklahoma City, Ok. 73125. Do not register your aircraft yet, you don't need to pay registration fees, property taxes, etc., until your airplane is ready to fly.
  3. When you are ready for inspection* contact your local FAA office. Be sure you have an airframe log book(available from Aircraft Spruce) so that FAA can make an inspection entry.
  4. To prepare for your final inspection, be sure you have; the "N" number painted on, the "Experimental" sign(2" high letters) on the canopy frame, the ID plate (available from Aircraft Spruce), and an airframe log book and an engine log book. book. Before final inspection, fill out an application for registration (FAA form #AC8050-1), a notarized affidavit that you built the airplane from parts that you bought yourself, and include $5 registration fee. Send those three things to the FAA Registry, Box 25082, Oklahoma City, Ok. 73125
  5. After you have made a final inspection of your aircraft, run the engine. conduct low speed taxi tests, etc., (see owners manual), contact your local FAA office and tell them you are ready to fly. They will have you fill out an application for airworthiness (form #8130-6), inspect your airplane, and issue you an airworhiness certificate and a list of operating limitations, that will restrict you to an unpopulated area for your initial test period (60 hours)¡¤ When you have completed your initial test period, contact FAA to get your operating limitations amended so you can fly outside your test area.
* Refer to education section - inspection is done to major areas (wing, canard, winglet, fuselage) after the glass is applied, but before the area is painted with any primer, etc., so the glass structure can be inspected. The FAA office has been sup- plied with the same inspection criteria that you have described in your education section.