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QUICKIE NEWSLETTER 25 page 7

OSHKOSH 500

  
     Between the CAFE race and Oshkosh we decided to see what the effects of some changes in the cooling system on N81QA would have. We tried a total of five alterations, including a smile inlet similar to the Revmaster version. What we found is that our old system was the best. We did add a cowl flap so that we can close off the exit air to prevent super cooling the engine at the end of a race. The O-200 is susceptible to sticking exhaust valves under these conditions. We did several other drag cleanups but the engine had no changes since 1984.

     The Oshkosh 500 is actually 3 races in one. This year the course was extended slightly to 506 miles. The Q200 – N81QA came in second in all three races. In the Lowers competition, which is all out speed – but you can’t burn too much fuel; we went 203.3 MPH, 14 MPH faster than last year. In the Baker competition we were allowed to burn 144 lbs. of fuel. Since we only burned 102 lbs., we were credited with 42 lbs. for a corrected score 245.3, only 4lbs. or 4MPH out of 1st place, this is an improvement of 5.5 over last year. In the Falck competition, which is for the fastest single lap, we went 206.39 MPH, which is about 16 MPH faster than 1984.
      The main difference for us this year is that we just decided to fly faster. Our power setting should have given us about 215 MPH. Turbulence on the course knocked our true-airspeed down to 209 MPH, turns, winds and navigational errors knocked us down to 203.3 MPH average.
     The Oshkosh 500 is a good measure of airplanes, since the entire race can be run at one power setting. Also, you must clear a 5’ high string after 1400’ on takeoff. Finally there is a minimum speed which next year will be about 183 MPH. No other homebuilt that you can build has as good a combination of speed and economy as the Q200. The Q2 and Q200 are the lowest drag two passenger aircraft ever. That statement is as true today as it was when the Q2 was introduced.
      More and more builders are expressing interest in participating in the various efficiency races. We are considering preparing a booklet with all the hints for drag cleanup and engine improvements if there is enough interest to justify it. If you would like to participate please contact us. The October issue of Sport Aviation will have all the details on this race.
Q2/Q-200 NEWS

Q2 TURBO

     The turbo cowling program is finally on stream. QAC has cowlings in stock and available now. The price is $350.00 due to the low initial volume (the vendor has to amortize tooling costs over a smaller number of parts). A few builders were quoted a price of $275.00 but did not order initially. If you feel that you are in this category, we will honor the original price if you contact us and order right away.

Q200 RETRO PACKAGE

     This package includes the components required to convert from a Q2 Package 2 to a Q-200 Package 2. It consists of: Continental mounting hardware, spinner kit, carb heat transfer valve, 5” propeller extension, prop washer, cowling, oil separator (a must), stainless steel carb heat muff, patented AR exhaust system, fiberglass inlet air and carburetor adapter pieces, elevator and aileron counterbalance arms, engine mounts, fuel pump, sheet metal baffling kit, liquid firewall, and appropriate hardware.
     We have been willing to sell various retro components individually, but be advised, a few builders have bought only a few items such as the cowling only to come back later for virtually the entire package. Trying to piecemeal the kit always winds up costing more.
Gene Sheehan accepts award
Nick Jones, founder of the Oshkosh 500, awarding
Gene $1100.00 for 2nd place in the Lower and
Baker competitions.


     Price of the retro package is $1600.00 but please note that it will increase to $1900.00 on September 30th.
     
QAC has temporarily discontinued our credit policy for returned Q2 items (cowling, exhaust, prop, etc.) This is due to the fact that we have about 25 sets in stock and cannot justify any more at this time. Since we are increasing the package 2 price on the Q2 on September 30th by $700.00 we expect a mild increase in sales. If this does occur, we will again buy these items back for the same amount as before $400.00. In the meantime, we have established a waiting list, first come, first serve. About four people are now signed up. Contact us for details.  

PRICE INCREASE

     QAC has held the price on all of our products for over a year. We now find that due to a number of factors, effective September 30th, 1985 the following pricing will be in effect:
Q2

$4995.00
 PackagelA
3950.00
 Package lB*
2750.00
 Package 2
3395.00
 Package 3

        *Note belly board and aileron reflexor will be standard.
      This is an increase of $1445.00 as before if package 1A, 1B and package 2 are all purchased at one time, a $1,000.00 discount will apply.
Q200
$4995.00
 PackagelA
3950.00
 Package lB
3100.00
 Package 2
        This is an increase of $990.00. The $1,000.00 discount will still apply.
Q2 TURBO
$4995.00
 PackagelA
3950.00
 Package lB
27500.00
 Package 2