QUICKIE NEWSLETTER 19 page 4
- Category: QAC Newsletters
- Published: Monday, 04 June 2007 15:06
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We have the following phone numbers for the public:
(805) 824-4313 and (805) 824-4626. There is also a private unlisted Builder Hotline number given out only to builders. This number is for Technical Building Assistance only. The Builder Hotline hours are: Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (PST); Saturday 1 p. m.—4:00 p.m. (PST). Since the demand on this line is large, we ask our builders to have specific questions ready before calling, and not to use the line for shipping information, backorders, or option orders. In this manner, we can maximize our builder support.
The Quickie Aircraft Corporation facility at Hangar 68, Mojave Airport, Mojave, CA is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a. m.-5:00 p.m. Please note that we are closed Sunday and Monday.
To improve customer service, please ask for the following personnel if you have questions in these areas:
Package 1, 2, and 3...........Ron Lundgren
*Ron requests that builders with backorder problems and or questions call him between 1:00-4:30 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. This will permit him to spend the mornings on shipping, thereby providing faster service, Ron also requests that all backorder and materials requests be sent to him in writing so that he will have a permanent record in each builder file. In this way, phone calls should only be necessary for followup and or emergencies.
We ask that all builders please reference their serial numbers on all communications. This will make our job much easier. Also, when writing to QAC, always send a stamped, self-addressed envelope along if a reply is necessary.
Builders of both the Quickie and Q2 have the opportunity to receive rides in N81QA, our Q2, within the thirty day period prior to the builder’s first flight in his own aircraft. These rides are by prior arrangement only; in addition, at the same time, suggestions and recommendations will be given to the builder on conducting his early flights to promote safer flying. Over 75 rides have been givn to date.
Each Saturday, weather permitting and N8IQA in town, we give a flight demonstration of the Q2. We usually get a large turnout on these occasions, and have been selecting an attendee’s name from the hat at random for a Q2 ride.
We are doing quite a bit of flight tests on N81QA for new options and of course cannot take passengers during this period. We expect to be completed within 30 days and hope, at that time, to be back to normal operations. At least 7 of our dealers are now flying Q2s so contact your local dealer.
We have begun to get feedback from users of the aileron reflex system and Legareâs âT-Tail mod. One result weâve found is that neither will correct for a poorly built airplane. One builder installed aT-Tail after trying a reflexor. He found his aircraft was still not acceptable for landing in the rain using either device. Refer to Newsletter #15 for elevator position at cruise. If your aircraft does not have the proper up elevator setting, corrective action must be taken. The culprit can he one or more of the following:
For those of you who have ordered or
installed a T-Tail system, we recommend contacting Mike Huffman at:
Mike has done extensive tests both with and without the T-Tail and has prepared a report which will be useful for those ofâyou contem plating using the T-Tail, In order to recoup some of his costs, Mike asks that you send $5.00 for a copy
Some builders have been letting their Newsletter subscriptions lapse. Remember, the Newsletter is the vehicle for Plans Changes.
GENERAL BUILDER TIP
Michael Engineering Co. sent us the following service recommendation for the Epoxy Ratio Pump:
The Sticky Stuff dispenser needs to have the hardener side, outlet check ball cleaned every six to twelve months, It is located just behind the brass fitting on the front of the pump body. Hardener plates on to the ball and causes it to not seal perfectly. When this happens, the hardener drains back slowly and may not flow on the first pump at the next use. Just take the fitting off, clean the ball and seat with solvent or newspaper and replace ball spring and fitting.
As an option you can also âcoinâ the seat by putting the ball in place and striking it gently with a brass punch and hammer. This will insure a perfect seat and seal. Be careful that the spring doesnât get caught in the threads when re-assembling pre 1981 models,
When checking your pump ratio, be sure to subtract the weight of the containers before calculating the ratio.
NEW FIREWALL COATING
APPROVED BY QAC
A new ceramic paint on material has been tested by QAC and approved for use on Quickies and Q2s.
Composite Aircraft as a rule, have a forward bulkhead constructed of a sandwich of fiber glass and plywood. Both of these materials must be protected from heat and fire. Originally, Quickies and others used asbestos covered with thin stainless steel for this purpose. This works well but is fairly heavy Later, Fiberfax covered with thin aluminum sheet was used. This saved some weight, but does have some drawbacks. First, Fiberfax is very fragile and must he handled with care. Second, Fiberfax will soak up engine oil if exposed.
Our new âLiquid Firewallâ is a two-part system that can be sprayed or brushed on. Itâs consistency is about the same as featherfill. This space age material was developed to protect jet aircraft wheel wells from the heat of brakes. It is non-porous, cures hard, and does not require any metal covering. Use of this material will save at least 2 pounds on the typical Q2. It will also save several hours of work fitting the Fiberfax and aluminum. The only drawback to âLiquid Firewallâ is the costâ$95.00 for a 1 quart kit. It is available from QAC and we highly recommend it.
New ceramic “Liquid Firewall”given the ultimate test with an acetylene torch!