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Venture (Questair)

Monoplane - All metal/fiberglass - 2 place

Venture (Questair)-1Kit/Plans:
Information on this aircraft is available from:
Nu Venture
c/o: Alan Tolle
Telephone: 559-447-1112

Type club:
Venture Association
12741 Cresthaven Drive
Groveland, CA 95321

Telephone: 209-962-4253

Email: venture@sonnet.com
Website: http://www.wallacecompany.com

Service difficulties:
Questair Model Venture, Landing Gear Failure 3230. The pilot reported that the landing gear would not extend. In order to use the emergency system, the pilot opened the bypass valve, and the landing gear fell toward the “down” position. All attempts to secure the gear in the “down-and-locked” position failed, and a gear-up landing was made. There were no personal injuries; however, the aircraft sustained extensive damage.

This aircraft was originally equipped with electric landing gear motors. The aircraft was modified to include a hydraulic landing gear system which uses an electrically-operated hydraulic pump and actuation cylinders. The emergency system uses a hand pump, reservoir, and a separate pair of cylinders for gear actuation. A bypass valve allows fluid to flow through the main system when the hand pump is operating the emergency system. In this case, the emergency system developed a leak in the lines and fittings at the hand pump, which depleted the emergency system fluid. When the emergency system was activated, air was introduced into both systems and prevented the gear from extending to the “down-and-locked” position. Part total time not reported. March 1998 FAA AC43-16.

Articles in EAA and related publications:

Year Month Page Magazine Article
2008 12 50 Sport Aviation Venture Trilogy: The Venture’s return to glory by Larry Woods 6 pg
2002 05 62 Sport Aviation The Egg Comes of Age: Modifications give the high-performance Venture Manners (9 1/3 pgs)
2001 05 24 KitPlanes Venture Adventures (4 ½ pgs)
2001 02 51 KitPlanes The Kit Racers Run: Homebuilts were flying again at the Reno Air Races (4 pgs)
2000 11 67 Sport Aviation Questair Venture Takes First Golden West Air Race (1/2 column)
98 06 40 Sport Aviation Questair Venture- new company formed
95 07 82 Sport Aviation Sun 60/100 - Racing the Clock at Sun ‘n Fun ‘95 (Questair Venture) (6 page article and photo)
94 03 05 Sport Aviation Questair w/IO360, turbo, 3 blade CS...
94 02 49 Sport Aviation Venture donated to EAA
93 11 08 Sport Aviation Questair moves to IL
93 10 32 Sport Aviation Minkler candy apple red Venture w/PM550 F1V engine
93 10 45 Experimenter Venture crash caused by oil pressure sensor mounted on engine
93 10 32 Sport Aviation Rod Minkleris Venture
93 09 50 Sport Aviation Venture wins Aircraft Spruce Race of 1993
93 09 50 Sport Aviation Questair Venture wins Aircraft Spruce Race of 1993
93 07 29 Sport Aviation Marwell IFR Questair, race winner
93 07 40 Sport Aviation Quick build kit
93 05 05 Sport Aviation Questair Venture Wins a Race
92 11 23 Experimenter Engine details
92 07 12 Sport Aviation Venture & Spirit quick-build kits
92 06 54 Sport Aviation Questair Venture
92 06 95 Sport Aviation Bacon Venture - 245 KTAS
92 01 05 Sport Aviation Developments at Questair
91 09 14 Sport Aviation Questair out of Chapter 11
91 08 78 Sport Aviation Bacon Venture 245mph cruise
91 08 11 Sport Aviation Questair submits plan to end Chapter 11...
91 04 13 Sport Aviation Questair Venture sets 3 world records
90 08 09 Sport Aviation Spirit - Fixed Gear, Lower Power Version of Venture
90 03 97 Sport Aviation Second Venture Flies
90 02 45 Sport Aviation Venture - Why it Looks Like it Does?
89 07 08 Sport Aviation New Speed and Time to Climb Records
89 06 14 Sport Aviation Venture Updated
89 06 55 Sport Aviation Sun 60 Air Race Winner
89 01 08 Sport Aviation Venture Available as Kit
88 11 13 Sport Aviation Questair Venture, Part II (6 photos & 4 page article)
88 01 07 Sport Aviation Questair Production Methods
87 11 11 Sport Aviation Accident to the Prototype
87 10 51 Sport Aviation Questair Venture, Part I (good article with pictures)
87 09 17 Sport Aviation Venture 250 Knots and 1,000 mile range

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