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Regarding flying from hard runways in the UK, as Richard says they are getting fewer with yet more of the few that are left under threat of houses and industrial estates.
There is only one new hard runway GA runway that I know of that was not built for the wars, that is Sywell and it took them over 15 years to get permission to use a shovel to start digging!!!
Years ago I realised that for flying a Q in England the places I flew from and to were only there becuase of Hitler, to prevent and reverse his expansionist plans, if it wasn't for Hitler...
That go me thinking and I was flying a VW Powered Q2 with an engine originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche at Hitler's request for the original Volkswaggon (Peoples car) Beetle so if it wasn't for Hitler....
Well at least the airframe has nothing to do with Hitler right?
Oh wait am minute, Burt Rutan came up with mouldless composite construction after watching a sailplane repair facility at Mojave. After the war the Germans had been prevented from flying powered aircraft so they focussed their attention on improving gliding flight and in an attempt to improve efficiency moved from wooden construction to composites to create their latest low drag and greater glide angle machines so so Damn & Darn it
if it wasn't for Hitler....
On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 6:24 PM, Armilite@...
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Each Country has it's own Rules for Airplanes & Pilots, and the amount
of Airports where Q1/Q2 can fly out of. Here in the USA, (1) of the other 225 in
the World, last I new, there was 7000+ Paved Airports, about 2000+ Grass
Airports, and many private airstrips.
I do agree, People want a Fast Build Kit today, less than 500hrs to
build. People have always wanted that. So WHY, isn't these Manufactures giving
them that Option's? People, always want more HP, more Speed.
I believe the Q1 with a 22hp engine did like 110+mph, the Q200 with a 100hp
engine does 160+mph. The Q1, has had everything from a 22hp Onan, to a Skidoo
583(97hp at 7750rpms). Nobody, really post the Speed Numbers with those many
different engines used on these planes. You can adapt about any plane to Floats,
Tundra Tires, for nice Grass Mowed fields. These both, have a high Stall Speed,
so no rough tall grass type field landings. Some People, adapt to their
environment, and land on a country road out front of their house if possible,
and then just pull in their driveway to their hanger, not legal, but they live
in remote area's.
For what you want, a T-Bird I&II, or Challenger, Titian, Kolb, and a
few others, would meet your Spec's. Except, I doubt you will find many engines
in the World that does "80 miles to the gallon". A Rotax 277(26hp) burns
Sounds more like you want an Ultralight Type Aircraft, rather than a
Performance, cross country Type Airplane.
What is the longest flight you have made in your TRI-Q? What Engine do you
have on it? What is your Max Distance you can fly, with a full tank, and a
I don't know where in the UK you live, so I just used Derby, UK as the
center. It looks like in 2hrs at just 100mph, you can go about anywhere in your
country(UK), and even some near by countries, 3hrs get's you into many other
Countries in Europe. Map attached.
Re: What ever happened to the new Q2/Q200
Aug 12, 2015 12:23 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
last time I looked the world's population has just hit 8 billion. It's
increasing isn't it. What is decreasing is the amount of people who want to
build a special aircraft, and prefer one that is an off the shelf kit, which
bolts together in 400 hours, does 80 miles to the gallon 2 up, and can land
and take off safely from a small farm field, especially in UK, where
successive administrations have allowed small business or public airfields to
be put to housing. My TriQ is a beautiful aircraft but is not practical for
everyday flying.There are so many more utility designs these days, and ones
that I can fly from strips 15 miles away instead of 60 miles away. It's a real
shame, but it's reality.