It's more than just a "Quickie"!
The Quickie Q-200 is a blast to fly! I've been tooling around in this little plane for over 14 years and it's just as fun now as when it was brand new. When people asked me if it was difficult to build, I would respond that it was comparable to getting a degree, or perhaps building a house. I will say that building and flying my Quickie still remains one of the most satisfying things I have done in my life. For anyone that is contemplating building an airplane - you CAN do it! Above all, the most important attribute required is the will to keep working on the project. It is not talent, not money (though of course that never hurts), nor skill. It is simply the willingness to stay with the task.
|Ordered my first kit||March 8, 1982|
|First flight||June 4, 1986|
|Time to build||4 years|
|Cost to build||$23,000 (as of 1986)|
|Number passengers Flown||Over 185|
|Total number of hours||1,214*|
|Engine||Continental 0-200 100 h.p.|
|Top Speed||195 mph|
|Cruising Speed||165 mph|
|Landing Speed||70 mph|
|Empty Weight||approx. 640 lb.|
|Gross weight||1,200 lb.|
|Useable fuel||23 gallons|
|Normal range||400 mi. (not including 40 minute reserve)|
When I was attending airshows, as a skydiver, I was always impressed by the homebuilts. I particularly liked the Barracuda and the HyperBipe, but I had no self-confidence in building with wood or metal. Prior to taking on this project, the only thing I had built was a garage. When Burt Rutan came out with moldless composite construction I thought "Now that I can do." I wound up choosing the Quickie Q-2, then upgraded it to the Q-200 when that became available. In 1987 I wrote an article for Q-Talk about my rocky beginnings.
You can see how things started out here - The Early Years
A very good friend did my Q-200 in watercolors Painting
Quite a few people have flown with me, actually enough to fill a B727. Take a look at the folks who have joined me in the air. Passengers
Interested in how I built certain parts of my Q-200? Check out my Q-200 Detail Page.
Are you intrested in buying a Quickie, Q-2, or Q-200 that someone else has already started? Here are some of the basics, and my opinions on the subject at my So you want a Quickie page.
I have made a few modifications to my plane from the origional plans, some of which I consider mandatory. See them on the modificationpage.
Getting ready fo fly your own Quickie project? Doing your annual condition inspection? Here are some resources that may come in handy on my preparation and testing page.
What's next? I have been looking at several other types of composite aircraft and a few years ago I settled on my own design. Work is progressing well and I hope to conduct a first flight mid-next year. Here's a look at my work in progress.
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