April 30, 2014 - The FAA has concluded their audit of the Quicksilver Aeronautics Sport 2S model as a special light-sport aircraft and the model will officially be known as the Sport L-S2S and marketed as the Sport S2SE, the company announced this week.
Quicksilver received informal notice of the findings in an e-mail from the FAA and will receive official notification in May 2014, so the company is wasting no time ramping up production, said Will Escutia, Quicksilver Aeronautics president. The company is taking a new approach to production by creating “extensions,” or manufacturing locations other than the headquarters factory. In accordance with the light-sport aircraft regulations, these extensions allow Quicksilver to maintain full quality control and puts production closer to customers.
This is the first time a company has opened multiple extension facilities and Quicksilver plans to open two new facilities at Air-Tech Inc., of Reserve Louisiana, and in Rochester, Minnesota.
Escutia noted that the California company used “L-S2S” as the model name during the certification process. “We selected this name relatively early in the process in the understanding that we could market it with any other name we selected later.”
The Sport 2S model will be called the S2SE to be consistent with the Fly-and-Enjoy concept for fully assembled planes and to differentiate it from the other experimental kits the company produces, which include other S-LSA models in progress. The Sport S2SE is available for $39,999 and Quicksilver reports it is one of the lowest priced S-LSA models on the market. Amateur-built kits are also available.