Sun ân Fun Flyinâ:
Sun ân Fun was well attended this year in spite of terrible weather. We introduced the Q-200 at this fly-in. Three Q2s and two Quickies also showed up this year. Duane Swingâs Q2 won the award for âBest
Our planning for this yearâs CAFE 400 air race was to enter our Prototype N81QA with the 0-200 installed. We expected several Q2s to be entered by individual builders. As race day approached it became apparent that this was not to be. We contacted Duane Swing and he agreed to come out for the race. Duane and son Scott headed for California only to be shut down in Missouri due to IFR weather and avionics problems. Eric Shilling managed to get his FAA sign-off 4 days before race day so he was a last minute entry. One individual entered a Quickie. A common saying at the CAFE races in the past has been âIf a Quickie is entered, a Quickie will win the single place, experimental category.â However after this year the saying will need to be modified to include âassuming the Quickie can find its way around the courseââ Actually, itâs surprising that more aircraft didnât
get lost as the course covered some pretty rugged territory.
In the 2 place experimental category the winner was Gary Hertzler in a modified Varieze. Itâs
interesting to note that the Varieze is no longer marketed.
The Q-200 placed 5th in 2 place experimental. The only modification for the race was installation of a LORANC which helped keep us from getting lost. It might be interesting to compare the Q-200âs performance with aircraft in the same class. We would consider these to be the Long-ezes and fixed gear Glasairs. The Q-200âs
score was 29% better than the only Long-eze to finish the race and 24% better
than the highest finishing fixed gear Glasair.
Ericâs Q2 finished 8th, still ahead of the fixed gear Glasairs and the Long-eze.
We have received very mixed reports on the T-Tail installation. If you are flying
with this installed please drop us a line with your experiences. One builder
actually found his stall speed went up 10 mph with the TrIhil! We are still trying
to figure that one out. One conclusion we have drawn is that the T-Tail should
not be installed for first flights. The T-Tail has not been flown on an aircraft
with the new canard therefore we cannot recommend it for this configuration.
A capacity crowd looks on as Gene Sheehan, President of Quickie Aircraft, discusses the new Q-200 and new canard.
We have made this product standard on all new Quickie, Q2, and Q-200 kits. Another good use for Liquid Firewall is on exhaust systems. If you coat the outside of your exhaust it will reduce the heat radiating from the pipes. It will also keep the outside from rusting. On new, unused exhausts, clean with acetone and Scotchbrite. On exhausts that are in service it would be best to sand blast clean before application. The Liquid Firewall will hold up longer on exhausts if you can âcookâ it at about 250Â°F
for an hour.
Some Quickie builders have asked if we can repackage
in pint kits. If at least 25 of you request it, we can. The price will be $53.00.
kits are $95.00.
New ceramic “Liquid Firewall”given the
ultimate test with an acetylene torch!
We hope to meet many of you at Oshkosh, aviationâs
biggest event, this year. We have a large booth in the North Exhibit
We have 2 Forums scheduled:
Monday, August 1
3:00-4:15 p.m., Forum Tent #3
Friday, August 5
10:30-11:45 a. m., Forum Tent #2
The Q-200 Prototype, N81QA, has been entered in
the OSHKOSH 500 Air Race, also known as the Lowers-Baker-Falck or LBF for short.
This will be an
excellent opportunity to compare it with other high performance homebuilts.
One modification needed for the race is extra fuel tanks. We are required
to carry 29 gallons!
CABIN HEAT AND
Due to popular demand, we are developing this
option. It will consist of 2 NACA air scoops, stainless steel heat muff, adjustable
and plans. Molds are complete for the NACA ducts, and we expect to
have all the components available in 2-3 weeks. Price has not been set at
press time. Call us for details.