QUICKIE NEWSLETTER 20 page 3
- Category: QAC Newsletters
- Published: Friday, 08 June 2007 15:06
- Written by Quickie Aircraft Corporation
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Views of Lakeland Sun N Fun Flyin. Note the ominous looking sky. The weather was very poor but
provided us with some extra flying time in the rain.
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.
|GENERAL BUILDER'S HINTS: |
It has recently been brought to my attention that some builders have been applying BID tapes 0° cut, rather than on the bias. This is WRONG. Best overall strength ratio is with a 45° cut. Also, the ability of BID to flow into compound curves, as in bulkhead installation, is enhanced via bias cut. For multiple ply lay-ups, I like to lay-up on about 4 mil plastic, the number of recommended plys. Stipple and squeege. Place another layer of plastic on top and do a final squeege, removing all excess epoxy to the edges; then, trim to dimensions. Paint a coat of raw epoxy on prepped surface. Remove plastic from one side of lay-up and stipple glass in place. Remove top plastic, stipple all edges, and pick up excess epoxy with a rag or paper towel. This will give your aircraft a more professional touch, minimize sanding, and reduce rattlesnake bites.
While discussing tapes, I prefer a slightly tapered edge to one peel plied.
|Sanding discs snap in and out and are available in numerous grits. Check your local hardware or hobby supply. |
Safety: The propellor is one of the most important and most overlooked parts on your airplane. A failure here is often catastrophic. On original installation, check balance (both horizontal and vertical) and track. Both are directly responsible for how smoothly your engine will operate. Check track at the prop tip by weighting or taping a long stick to the canard, placed almost touching prop tip. Then, rotate prop 180° (reverse normal rotation so magnetos don't spark), checking the other blade. Track should be within 1/4" On final torque (about 200 in. lbs. or 17 ft. lbs.), small variations in track can be adjusted by slightly over-torquing the 3 bolts on the side with the most gap. Safety and re-check torque after first 3 hours, then at 25-50 hour intervals.
Several builders have flown into Mojave recently, allowing us to inspect their aircraft. What is most disturbing is that 2 out of 3 were not up to spec on canard surface waviness. One aircraft had a smooth finish everywhere except on the one place that it matters, that is, the top forward surface of the canard.