There are pilots over 6'2" and over 200#'s, but the fit might not be
that easy. Mine was set up for 6'2" pilot and I hit my 5'7" head/set
on the canopy when I move forward 2" and reduce the seat cushion. I
also have to set up the rudder pedals just right to avoid the bulkhead
stiffeners. Weight-wise, most people have to economize as it is, so
yeah you might give up on passengers; but a few familiarization
flights as a passenger is considered mandatory before flying it
yourself, and you might have more trouble finding someone to take you
up. Finally, consider also building/maintaining. I'm 175# and have a
hard time getting into the legwell to work on the rudder pedals, fuel
system, panel connections, etc. (You can open the fuselage split to
work on the battery and such.) Even if you get a panel that can be
removed in its entirety, you have to work on plumbing.
As for engines, I've only seen flying O-200's and a couple Revmasters,
though Alan Thayer's Jabiru always seems almost ready to go. W&B
would be easy to mess up in these planes.
Your airpark would need a 3000+' long and 50-75' wide runway (low
enough for hot summer afternoons?).
That said, if you fly into LVK I can show you a couple planes (Sorry,
no rides). Email me directly.
--- In Q-LIST@yahoogroups.com, Joseph M Snow <1flashq@...> wrote:
option would be to leave out the center consolen and set up side stick
controls. There are plans for dual side sticks which could be
modified for a single side stick..You could utilize the original VW
engine for economy. Or move up to the O-200 with extra fuel for a
single seat screamer. Several other engine options are available..QAC
did not recommend the Q2 as an IFR platform, but you would still have
the Moony if you had to go in marginal weather.
last 10 years. I've been interested in building a Quickie since Iwas a kid
and saw the Popular Science article.comfortable
in our Mooney.) Is there anyone in the SF Bay Area (or an hour'sMooney 252
flight within the SF Bay Area, which gets me to Reno) who would bewilling
to let me try on their Q-200 or similar for size? One possibleeventual use
for a Quickie for me would be to commute a couple of days a week from anin the
252, but it's a tad expensive. The Quickies are some of the few A/C that