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Invitation From Quicksilver

By Todd Ellefson, for Light Plane World

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This year EAA is going to have a “Salute to Quicksilver” theme at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 25 to 31. All Quicksilver pilots that fly in will receive air show memorabilia from EAA. There will be an area roped off for Quicksilver parking, and camping is allowed under the wing. In conjunction with this event, Quicksilver Mfg. Inc. will have free gifts for pilots, daily prizes, and a one-time drawing for a $500 cash prize. 

A Quicksilver pilot hospitality tent will be set up at our booth, number 902/903. Pilots will find cold drinks, snacks, and a place to sit in the shade. Quicksilver pilots that fly in will receive a free Quicksilver hat and T-shirt. A Quicksilver jacket will be given away each day of the show.

The one-time drawing for a $500 cash prize will be given away on Saturday, July 30. All drawings will be held at the Quicksilver pilot tent at 2 p.m. daily. You must be present to win, or you can give your ticket stubs to someone who will represent you at the drawing. Your name will be entered in the drawing each time you participate in the following ways:

  1. Flying to the air show – 5 entries  
  2. Flying your aircraft during the morning or evening flight sessions – 1 entry per session (2 entries per day max)  
  3. Flying in the “Quicksilvers in Review” time slot on the ultralight runway Friday, July 29, during the evening flying session – 3 entries
  4. Displaying any Quicksilver models at the show for 4 full days or more (trailered in or flown in) – 5 entries
  5. Displaying any of the following Quicksilver models at the show for 4 full days or more: Weight-shift CM, Y, QE, DQ – 5 entries
  6. Person that flies his Quicksilver the longest distance – 5 entries
  7. Group that flies in with the greatest number of Quicksilver aircraft – 2 entries per person
  8. Any person that donates an outstanding or unusual Quicksilver picture or video – 1 entry per item (items will be voted on by Quicksilver booth personnel for acceptance into drawing)
  9. Any person that buys a new Quicksilver at the show – 5 entries

See rules for the drawing at the end of this article.

Tips for Flying Onto the Ultralight Runway at Oshkosh

Flying into the ultralight area at AirVenture Oshkosh is nothing like flying into the main Oshkosh runway. Basically, all you do is fly up Highway 26 toward Oshkosh airfield at 300 feet until you cross over Highway 41 (four-lane highway). When you hit the intersection, you’ll see the ultralight area straight ahead about one mile. As long as you stay at 300 feet or below, you are good. Flying in the ultralight airstrip requires no radio communication and the runway is wide and long. Once you have landed, you just clear the runway to the air show side and taxi to one of three gates. There you shut off your engine and will meet people who will tell you where to park.

Here are some more tips which are meant to be informative but should never replace your obligation to become informed about all the official policies and procedures regarding arriving in an aircraft at AirVenture:

  • Watch the “Flying Into AirVenture” webinar with AirVenture NOTAM Chairman Fred Stadler
  • To fly onto the AirVenture ultralight runway you must obtain a copy of the 2011 NOTAM and follow the procedures on page 19. The arrival procedure is effective from Monday, July 25, to Sunday, July 31, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. you must phone the Ultralight Barn (920-230-7759) prior to your arrival. The airport is closed each day during the afternoon air show.
  • No radio is required to fly in. Just watch the “flag person” at the end of the runway for signals about landing. You can land if he isn’t holding up a red sign. If he is holding a red sign, just circle around and try again. There is a picture of the pattern on the site above.
  • This is the best place to find all the details related to flying onto the ultralight runway at AirVenture including pictures and video.
  • You will be okay as long as you don’t fly on the air show side of the ultralight runway, visualizing an imaginary east/west line extending from the west end of the ultralight runway and also staying west of the main North/South Oshkosh runway.
  • If you have questions, you can e-mail me at Sales@QSair.com.

Hopefully you will consider coming to the show even if you don’t fly in. It should be a lot of fun. The renowned Eugene “Bever” Borne from Air-Tech will be there to entertain and answer questions along with our social hour director, Henry Van Ginkle, who always brings a good time.

Walt Snyder will be doing presentations on his four round-trip flights across America in a Quicksilver Sport 2S. Check out the ultralight forum schedule here. Of course, you will also be able to enjoy the world-famous AirVenture Oshkosh air show and all that it offers. This is the year to attend! We look forward to seeing you at Oshkosh.

Best regards,
Todd Ellefson
Quicksilver air show manager
888-442-2359, ext. 2

Drawing Participation Rules

  • Quicksilver (QS) employees and show personnel may not participate.
  • QS owners are responsible for notifying QS show manager or agent of desire to participate in drawing and registering. Participants will receive one numbered ticket stub per entry. It is the participant’s responsibility to collect a ticket from QS show personnel for completing items 1 to 9 above.
  • All entries will qualify for the $500 cash prize, but only one QS jacket can be won per person.
  • Management reserves the right to resolve any and all disputes.
  • Management reserves the right to modify, alter, or cancel this promotion at any time without prior notice. Any dispute or situation not covered by these rules shall be resolved by the QS air show manager. All decisions are final. Your participation in the drawing signifies your agreement to these rules.


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