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Q-talk Newsletter
Nov/Dec 2011
Issue 150

Hey Member,
As 2011 comes to a close, I look back and I am truly awed by all of the Q activity that happened in the last 365 short days. There were a tremendous number of first flights this year. Our record of first successful landings was terrible, including one fatal accident, but I am extremely encouraged moving forward, as we’ve begun to make flight SAFETY a higher priority. In this issue, we have 5 safety related articles, and I want to personally thank all of the people who contributed articles to help keep others safe.

This issue is the 150th issue of Q-talk, and the 180th issue of the newsletter! That is simply an incredible feat considering that the kits no longer have factory support. This speaks volumes about the amazing group of determined individuals that make up the Quickie Builders Association, and I want to thank each and every one of you for making my job as editor a little bit easier through your contributions and support. I have learned a lot in the last two years, and I actually look forward to continuing to serve you all.

2012 will be the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Quickie Builders Association and THAT speaks volumes about the determination of the previous Newsletter Editors to keep everyone together, keep them communicating, and keep them safe. I would like to send a heart felt THANK YOU to Jim, Robert, Tom, Dave and Susie, and Doug.

The website underwent a major software upgrade in November, and I have received lots of great feedback about the design. However, I continue to work on squashing bugs. The comments system, classified ads, and member map are still down as they await software updates to match the site. But the major issue with the website right now is SLOWNESS. I am aware of the issue, and I am working with the site host to fix it. If they are unable to help, I will probably switch hosts soon after beginning of the year. Popularity has its downside I guess!

But enough with the technical mumbo jumbo, for now, 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.)

Happy New Year Everyone,
Dan Yager
QBA Editor

The following contributors have had their QBA membership extended for FREE:

        • Mike Evans
        • Greg Gomez
        • Rick Hole
        • Sam Hoskins
        • Gary McKirdy
        • Jay Scheevel
        • Simon Wilson



Sam Hoskins investigated the probable cause of Jerry Brinkerhuff's fatal accident in October. It is a MUST READ for any new Quickie Pilots.

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Reflexology 101

Gary McKirdy, a flight and tech counselor from the UK, teaches us how to properly use two flight controls that are unique to tandem wing aircraft.

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Flight Testing Your Creation

Simon Wilson provides us with advice on proper training and flight testing new homebuilt aircraft, with an emphasis on the Quickie designs.

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U.K. Accident Reports

Simon Wilson also compiled a list of Quickie Accident reports from the U.K. Simply click the date to read the full PDF report.

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Doing Things the HARD WAY

His first solo in a Q2, included full fuel, hot weather, a high altitude runway, and a 180 lb. passenger! Did he learn anything from this? The answer might surprise you. . . even if the outcome doesn't. . .

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Building Boo-Boo's

If you read most articles in Q-talk you'd think that every idea that a builder comes up with is brilliant right off the drawing board. Mike Evans dispells that myth and comes up with a brilliant idea for a new series of articles!

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Jay Scheevel in Fast Forward

Jay has been working on his main wing trailing edge and wingtips. Best of all he documented all of this with time lapse photography and uploaded it to Q-tube!

(Or maybe he just works REALLY fast?)

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Missing a Template?

Rick Hole tells us what to do if we're missing just one or two little templates to complete our projects. . . and provides a glowing but unpaid endorsement in the process!

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90 Years Young and Still Flying

Don Johnson was a fighter pilot in WWII, and the first Quickie dealer in Europe and South Africa. He's still going strong!

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The Man in the Green Shorts

Alan Thayer is flying IFR right now healthwise. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, and feel free to send him a Get Well card or an edible arrangement to cheer him up!

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I Need a Bigger Yard

Richard Kaczmarek forwarded me an e-mail that showed the greatest Christmas Decorations I have ever seen.

Now if only I could convince my wife that we need a Cold War Era jet in our yard for next year. . .

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