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Salute to Quicksilver at AirVenture 2011

By Steve Magdic, EAA 589592, for Light Plane World

Scratchbuilt Quicksilver by Mark Smith of Mount Vernon, Indiana

A call to all Quicksilver owners! You are hereby invited to participate in a gathering of fellow pilots and owners down on the Farm at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. This is the year we plan to honor the Quicksilver line of ultralight and experimental aircraft that have become so familiar with the aviation industry. No offense to the owners and operators of the many other fine aircraft makes and models – you’ll get your turn!

Many of our faithful enthusiasts have started their flying hobby or career in one Quicksilver model or another. A great many of us are still flying these fun, safe, and dependable aircraft whenever the weather permits. My first flying machine purchase was a Quicksilver MX without the rudder pedals. It was very easy to learn to fly and maintain for most wannabe aviators.

If you watched the weather reports faithfully, you could keep yourself out of trouble by staying on the ground during the convective parts of the long summer days. Thanks to some very inventive engineers/owners of Quicksilver aircraft, I was able to make some positive modifications to my MX to make it much more controllable in rough weather conditions. This has enabled me to fly farther and a little bit faster than the original factory model.

We would like for all Quicksilver owners and pilots to join us this year to celebrate the Quicksilver brand. From the fine folks at Quicksilver Manufacturing that have carried on the sale of kits and parts and provide a support group, to the inventors and modifiers that have contributed to the safety and utility of the aircraft, all are welcome. We would really like to see any and all makes and models of the Quicksilver represented from the early weight-shift “Hightoppers” to the latest strut-braced two-place trainers, experimentals, and certificated aircraft. All are welcome.

Todd Ellefson kindly provided this model identification chart of the entire Quicksilver line. We will make room in “Quicksilver only” rows for your aircraft whether flying or towing in for static display. Please consider bringing a display sign describing your particular model and specifications.

EAA and its support staff will be scheduling interviews with aircraft owners along with a few seminars with Quicksilver staff. We will hold a “Quicks in Review” flight time in the ultralight pattern on Friday afternoon if the weather permits. Please provide a postcard-sized aircraft/owner description at the fly-in if you’d like to have your name, make, and model mentioned when you fly by.

Who knows, you may earn yourself a commemorative hat and other prizes for participating as well. On behalf of EAA, its volunteers, and support staff, we hope you will consider joining us in our “Salute to the Quicksilver” at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. We’ll save you a spot and try our best to make your stay fun and enjoyable as we once again fill the sky with Quicksilvers. My 1984 MX Super will be lonely without you. See you there!

Steve Magdic is president of Microlite Flyers EAA Ultralight Chapter 1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, EAA AirVenture 2011 Ultralight Cochairman and South Exhibits Chairman.


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