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Quickie Builders Association
Together we build better planes!

Jan/Feb. 2005
Issue Number 109



We use the above phase when transferring control of an airplane from pilot to co-pilot and vice verses.

I knew the day would come when Dave Richardson would step down as Q-Talk editor. In the back of my head I knew it would be my turn to keep the written record flowing. I'm passionate about my Q bird. I have been since I saw a Q1 on the cover of Mechanics Illustrated. I ordered a brochure in 1985. But the time to build wasn't right until 1994. I went to the Ottawa gathering that fall and then drove to Pennsylvania to bring home a Dragonfly project. Four years later, with a wing and canard built, I knew there was still years to go. My wife wanted kids. I knew what that meant to a project of this magnitude and my dream of having my own plane to fly. I also knew there was a Q2 in town that had flown, but had sat in a hanger without an engine for nearly 10 years. So I sold my Dragonfly project and bought the Q2. It still took nearly two years to go through the airplane, mount the engine to the bird, and taxi it, and as Jim Masal always says, taxi it some more. I flew April 1st 2001.

While I didn't build my Q2, this newsletter has been there to answer all those questions that have been asked over the years. It has been the recorded word of those who love these planes. I used it to ready my Q2 and myself for flight. The internet email list is a great place to receive quick answers for your questions, but this newsletter is meant to document issues with building and flying our airplanes. This is where the detail on the issues can be found. That's why it must continue with my efforts and beyond.

So what does the future look like for the Q family of home builts? Some of the old time builders are selling their planes to build things called RV's or GlaStars. Will the day come where there are no Quickies under construction? Maybe. But we have nearly 200 members of QBA. We still have many projects under construction and this newsletter needs to continue to serve the builder and pilots of our planes. We all know the building process is never really done.

I hope I can continue the content quality that came before me. I want to personally thank Dave and Susie Richardson for their support to get my first issue of Q-Talk published. The newsletter is still your newsletter, which means your input is still what makes the newsletter work. Please send your ideas and articles to the address on the back of this newsletter or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

My Plane Dave

Articles from this issue:

QBA on the grow! - by Doug Humble
Engines - by Doug Humble
Paper or Plastic? New subscription option - by Doug Humble
Seen in the Hanger - by Doug Humble
Winter Preheating - by Doug Humble
Membership Decal - by Doug Humble
Canard Spars - by Doug Humble
Checking In with HQ - by Doug Humble
QBA on the grow! - by Doug Humble

A current QBA member may have one free ad per issue. It may be a maximum of five lines of type and will be edited to fit space available. Items advertised must be owned by the QBA member. The ad contact must be a member name. Ads will be run for two issues and then the ad must be resubmitted. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that these ads may no longer be valid. They are included here only as part of the online archive.]

For Sale: Bernie Warnke wood propeller. 60" diam. x 68" pitch. White with red , gold & blue tips. Excellent Cond.$600 includes leading edge protection, reinforced tips. kevlar back plate & spinner, crush plate, fiberglass frt. bulkhead, six AN6H-47 bolts & free shipping within USA. Front surface could be sanded and clear coated if wood finish is desired. Earnest Martin 828-6840576 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wanted: Virgin Q1 kit. Any vintage. Must have metal parts & canopy. Ben Bosma 937-4775238

Wanted: flying Tri-Q200, 235, or a nearly completed project. Charles Babb 719-5321362

For Sale: Q200 airframe. Complete except for cowling, engine & engine mounts. Best offer. Al Bromann 715-277-3801

For Sale: Q2 project w/LS1 canard. Assembled and ready to mount engine (not included). Tail dragger. Final finish, cockpit and instrument panel not completed. Photos available. $5000. 618-398-3393 Henry Hurd Belleville IL

Peter Harris is offering Q-200 and Q1 Spars again. Details in this issue..

You can order a printed copy of Q-talk #109 by using the Q-talk Back Issue Order Page.