Q-talk 87 - May/Jun 2001 - index
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Quickie Builders Association
Together we build better planes!
Issue Number 87
For years Susie and I have said we enjoyed going to Sun 'n Fun and Oshkosh so we can be with a hundred thousand or so of our closest friends who don't think we are nuts for building an airplane. Where else can you strike up a conversation with a "stranger" and talk about flying or building without hearing about the other person's utter dread of flying? Don't you wish you had a nickel for every time you have heard a comment like "You're going to fly in something YOU built?" Believe it or not, our neighbor introduced us to his minister and tagged the introduction with "...and he's building his own airplane." The minister's glib response was. "Well, it's been nice knowing you."
You have to admit that pilots and builders are a unique group of people. I believe to be successful you have to be part grease monkey, part electrician, part artist, part visionary, part masochist, part skeptic, part optimist, part pessimist, part engineer, part bullheaded but mostly different. Different in the sense that outside your EAA & QBA friends, how many people do you know that would take on such a large, long-term project like building a Quickie? My guess is not many. When you couple such a long term project with fact that you are building a flying machine, there are many non-builders who think you are certifiable. Don't believe me? I learned recently that a flying QBA member originally got a deal on his Q2 kit because the wife of the first owner had her husband committed after he bought the kit! Spouses, who read this, please don't consider this reaction as a model for how to deal with your builder. Let's hope this gentleman had other issues as well.
Since you are attempting something most people haven't even considered, you can easily feel alone in achieving your dream. One of the most important tilings you can do to reach your goal is to develop a group of people around you who can support you while you work. You joined the Quickie Builders Association. That is a very good start. From there you need to establish a mentor relationship with someone to help you work through and conquer building problems. How do you find a mentor? One of the best ways is to participate in Quickie fly-ins around the country. In addition to the chance to examine flying Quickies, you are also given an opportunity to experience the various personality types within the group. For example, if you are considered an old, grumpy man by yourself and those around you, I'm sure there is someone else in the group who is equally as old and grumpy, like Jim Masai for instance. (Sony Jim, teasing) You get the idea. Just understand that YOU have to begin the process not the mentor. You have to find it in yourself to ask someone else for help, which can be difficult to do. Also understand that not everyone is ready or able to be a mentor. You may have to work with several people before you find a good fit. I can tell you from my experience that having a mentor has made a huge impact on my project. I am sure my ability to someday successfully get into the air has been improved as a direct result. I know I've saved hours and hours of work because I asked someone for help. You can too. I've said it before, butI'll say it again, "Together we build better planes."
Articles from this issue:
Matoon2 - by Dave Richardson
Featured Pilot - Terry Crouch - by Dave Richardson
Build a Simple Radio-Checker - by Steve Whiteside. Liberty, KS
Q-tips - Building Hints - by QBA
Cowl Flap - Magneto Mysteries Revealed - by Dave Richardson
Safety Alert - Cracked Carbon Spar - by Dave Richardson
Raise an Eyebrow and Lower Your Temperature - by Jerry Marstall, Ashevllle, NC
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|This beautiful formation flight is over the in the majestic mountains of British Columbia.
Steve Kulcycky, flying his yellow 1200+ hour Q2, is in the lead followed by ReneRobertson
in his white 300+ hour Q2.
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