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Quicksilver Aeronautics

Quicksilver Aeronautics is the world's largest producer of ultralight aircraft, selling some 15,000 aircraft. The company's designs are thoroughly tested, superbly supported, and have an excellent safety record.

When ultralights first arrived on the scene, Quicksilver was the most professional company involved, with aircraft that had been thoroughly designed and manufactured to the high standards of conventional aviation.

More than two decades later, Quicksilver remains one the industry's most important leaders.

Quicksilver offers two design types: the MX series and the GT series representing several models. The former are delightful open-cockpit aircraft that have been used to train more pilots than any other light aircraft. Flight schools the world over use the MXL II Sport more any other model in the industry and tens of thousands of individual owners enjoy their MX aircraft on a daily basis.

The GT series, consisting of the single seat GT400 and the two-seat tandem GT500, are highly developed aircraft new from nose to tail when they were released. GT500 has the enviable distinction of being the very first to win FAA's Primary Category certification. Naturally, then, the GT500 will be one of the first approved as a Light-Sport Aircraft SLSA but the entire line will easily qualify. You can't go wrong with any airplane from this California company. Ring up national sales representative Todd Effefson to hear all you need to know before buying one of the Quicksilver models that most interests you.

Quicksilver Aeronautics

Web Site: www.quicksilveraircraft.com
eMail: sales2@qsair.com
Address: 42214 Sarah Way
City: Temecula, CA 92590 USA
Phone: (951) 506-0061
Fax: (951) 506-1589

  Quicksilver Aeronautics -- New owners and aircraft
In this video we meet the new owners of Quicksilver, now called Quicksilver Aeronautics. This storied company based in southern California, has built more than 15,000 aircraft and in 2002 and 2003 delivered more aircraft than Cessna, Piper, and Beechcraft combined! Such an achievement suggests this company is around for the long haul and we'll hear more about their plans and aircraft in this video. (We recommend you turn up your sound volume due to background noises.)
  Quicksilver Aeronautics -- GT500
Quicksilver is one of light aviation's strongest brands, and also one of the biggest with more than 15,000 delivered since the early 1970s. In this video we speak with national sales guru Todd Ellefson about the company's plans to achieve Special Light-Sport Aircraft status meaning you will be able to buy a ready-to-fly GT500 or Sport 2S model. Kits will remain available and you can hear about other operations to provide models to enthusiasts.
  Quicksilver -- MX IIS 04/11
Quicksilver is arguably THE most successful light plane manufacturer of all time. More than 15,000 have been delivered to more countries than any brand. Still available for around $20,000 the 40-80 hour kit may be the best organized of any kitplane. The company also makes the GT series and the GT-500 was the first-ever Primary Aircraft to be certified. For open cockpit fun flying at a low cost, Quicksilver is nearly impossible to beat.

Links to Aircraft and Articles

Sport S2SE    Add to favorites list
  SPLOG Quicksilver Ready to Build Special LSA, 07/01/2014
 
SPLOG begins: Plenty of longtime light aircraft enthusiasts have wondered when Quicksilver would enter the SLSA sweepstakes. "On June 26th we received the airworthiness certificate and the operations limitations document for our Sport 2SE Special LSA after a three-hour
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  SPLOG New SLSA (#135) is Quicksilver’s Sport S2SE, 05/03/2014
 
SPLOG begins: Once upon a time, a couple years before the SP/LSA was announced at AirVenture 2004, I thought the odds were high that Quicksilver would be the very first Special LSA to hit the market. Several other industry veterans agreed. Their GT500 was the very
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  SPLOG Post-Oshkosh 2013 Quick Review, 08/19/2013
 
SPLOG begins: At the big show EAA likes to call the Summer Celebration of Flight, we rove the grounds seeking new airplanes, new engines or propulsion systems, new panel gear, updated models and more. In this very fast tour, we'll zoom around AirVenture for a glance
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Sport II S on Floats    Add to favorites list
  Quicksilver Aeronautics -- Sport 2S on Puddle Jumper amphib floats
Quicksilver is an iconic brand, having sold more than 15,000 aircraft in its history. Pilots around the world have flown Quicksilvers and many are flying in the USA to include flight schools. In this video we speak with sales director Todd Ellefson about the strutted Quicksilver Sport 2S mated to Puddle Jumper amphibious floats. We speak about the experience of flying the float-equipped 2S model. You can build it in 100 hours, but the company is nearing completion of an fully manufactured SLSA version of this popular aircraft.
  $8.95 Sport II S on Floats
"Strutted Quicksilver on Full Lotus Floats" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, June, 2004.
 
Pilot Report begins: "It's still the best," is a phrase I could use referring to Quicksilver's most-popular-of-all ultralights in general, the Sport 2S. Indeed it remains a delightful aircraft and the strutted construction appeals to many pilots. Or, I could be referring to flying an ultralight on floats, that being one of the very best ways to enjoy an ultralight. Or, I could be talking about both. You'll want to read on and see. I might also be talking about the strutted version of the venerable Quicksilver model being
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  Sidebar Lease or Finance, 06/01/2004  
MX Sprint    Add to favorites list
  $8.95 Quicksilver Sprint I
"Simple Sprint Pleasures" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, February, 2005.
 
Pilot Report begins: Excelling at "Just For Fun" Going back to our roots and the dandy little ultralights that have given in-flight satisfaction to so many, we're going to take a look at one of those aircraft, Quicksilver's MX Sprint. Some veteran pilots call the MX Sprint "humble," but it is one of those "original" ultralight aircraft that simply won't go away, and it shouldn't. Why? Because the Sprint still offers a joyful flying experience that redefines boring holes in the sky. You pilot a Sprint in relative ease
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Sprint II    Add to favorites list
  Quicksilver -- MX Sprint (homebuilt)
MIDWEST LSA EXPO 2012 -- One of our series of many short videos from the fall show, this one on the MX Sprint. We look at an homebuilt version and that means it can be modified by the owner as this one was. This short video (3 min) give you some basic info and leads you to more about Quicksilver Aeronautics, now under new, motivated management. Take a part of the Midwest LSA Expo tour.
GT 500    Add to favorites list
  Quicksilver Aeronautics -- GT500
Quicksilver is one of light aviation's strongest brands, and also one of the biggest with more than 15,000 delivered since the early 1970s. In this video we speak with national sales guru Todd Ellefson about the company's plans to achieve Special Light-Sport Aircraft status meaning you will be able to buy a ready-to-fly GT500 or Sport 2S model. Kits will remain available and you can hear about other operations to provide models to enthusiasts.
  $4.95 Quicksilver's Qualifier
"Quicksilver's GT500 Qualifier" by Dan Johnson. Published in EAA Sport Pilot & Light Sport Aircraft Magazine, July, 2004.
 
Pilot Report begins: Quicksilver's GT 500 is ready for sport pilots In the automotive world, GT stands for Grand Touring and that may be an appropriate comparison for the GT 500 from Quicksilver Aircraft Manufacturing. With the unlimited view from the front seat of this tandem two-seater, touring in the GT 500 is definitely a treat. When the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) final rule arrives on the aviation scene, this top-of-the-line model from the longtime Southern California ultralight manufacturer may well
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  $8.95 Quicksilver GT 500
"First to Achieve Light-Sport Aircraft Status?" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, August, 2003.
 
Pilot Report begins: Discounting coordination qualities, steep turns, well, all turns went very well in the GT 500; it is very precise in handling. You can always point the plane where you wish. Many pilots, especially those trained in general aviation aircraft, love the yoke. I much prefer a joystick. This is personal preference, but you can't fault the execution of the yoke arrangement in the GT 500. Like all components, it's very well done. Since I'd just flown the Flight Design CT before the GT 500, comparisons were
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  SPLOG Quicksilver Adds Five Aircraft to FAA Kit List, 11/07/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Last Spring I had the pleasure of photographing the several aircraft that make up the stable of the re-emergent Quicksilver Aeronautics company. Quicksilver is the once-and-future, Cessna-style flagship of the ultralight industry back in the 70s and 80s,
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  SPLOG Discussion: LSA - Primary Category - Part 23, 08/12/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Since AirVenture 2012, I've been part of several discussions about the way — and reasons why — aircraft become certified. Sound boring? Yes and no. One way this might get your interest is to consider if Icon could join Cessna in going Primary
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  SPLOG Kodak Moment for Quicksilver Aeronautics, 03/01/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Among all aircraft producers in the world, a very limited number have exceeded the daunting barrier of delivering more than 10,000 airplanes. Those in this exclusive club include manufacturers of major aircraft such as Boeing, Cessna, Piper and precious
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  SPLOG Is Flying for Fun Shrinking? Here's Another View., 10/13/2011
 
SPLOG begins: Our good friend, Mary Grady , posted an article on AVweb , one of our favorite aviation news sites; lots of good content available. Mary recently editorialized about electric aircraft and their potential appeal. Following the NASA Green Flight Challenge,
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  SPLOG Big Crowds at the Sun 'n Fun LSA Mall, 04/20/2008
 
SPLOG begins: Sun 'n Fun 2008 is history, but planning is already underway for the 2009 event . Event boss John Burton confirmed we will again have the LAMA-hosted LSA Mall right at the front gate next April 21-26. A major success at this year's Lakeland, Florida airshow,
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  SPLOG Rotax Certifies 582; Good for American Designs?, 06/16/2006
 
SPLOG begins: Perhaps a long time coming Austria-based Rotax recently certified the 65-horsepower R-582 two-stroke engine under ASTM standards. Now, some American designs may proceed with pursuing their Special Light-Sport Aircraft approval. One that pops into my mind
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  Sidebar The Primary Category, 07/01/2004  
Sport or Sprint I    Add to favorites list
  Quicksilver -- MX Sprint (customized)
Here's a bright Quicksilver Sprint you may want to tour with us. Owner/pilot Jason Pearson bought this very new-looking airplane ten years ago (the kit had been delivered ten years before that). Shortly after he bought it he took it all apart down to every single bolt. As he rebuilt, he made some customizations and additions. You can see it all as we have a close look at this 42-mph-cruising, open-cockpit light aircraft. still photo by James Lawrence
MXL II Sport    Add to favorites list
  Quicksilver -- MX II (wire braced)
Quicksilver has a simple enough product line composed of single seaters and two seaters for an MX line and GT line. Each has been highly successful and all have an enviable safety record. They also don't cost much. All are kit aircraft like this one built by Steve Watt. The hours are low as the build manuals are some of the very best in the business. More than 15,000 Quicksilver models have been sold.
  $8.95 Quicksilver Sport II
"Quicksilver's Sport II" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, March, 1999.
 
Pilot Report begins: You've heard it before: Quicksilver is back! Again and again we've heard this, yet it seemed to be an apparition, a mirage in the desert. As soon as you thought the company had put its financial affairs in order, along came another disappointing tale of what was politely called "corporate restructuring." In fact, the changes were often more provocative than substantial, but they gave the impression of a company that had lost its way. The worst thing that happened was that customers became unsure
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  SPLOG Kodak Moment for Quicksilver Aeronautics, 03/01/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Among all aircraft producers in the world, a very limited number have exceeded the daunting barrier of delivering more than 10,000 airplanes. Those in this exclusive club include manufacturers of major aircraft such as Boeing, Cessna, Piper and precious
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Sport II S    Add to favorites list
  Quicksilver Aeronautics -- Sport 2S as SLSA (2013)
Quicksilver has now completed all the flight testing for the most popular kit to qualify it for Special Light-Sport Aircraft acceptance by FAA. In this summer 2013 video, we speak with Daniel Perez, the Chief Operating Officer for Quicksilver about the challenges in taking an already-successful airplane through the ASTM standards. Daniel gives a review of what all they did and why. This will be one of the most affordable aircraft in the SLSA space and the Quick 2S may meet the need.
  Quicksilver -- MX IIS 04/11
Quicksilver is arguably THE most successful light plane manufacturer of all time. More than 15,000 have been delivered to more countries than any brand. Still available for around $20,000 the 40-80 hour kit may be the best organized of any kitplane. The company also makes the GT series and the GT-500 was the first-ever Primary Aircraft to be certified. For open cockpit fun flying at a low cost, Quicksilver is nearly impossible to beat.
  R Sport II S
"Quicksilver Manufacturing — Sport IIS" by Dan Johnson.
 
Mini Report begins: The Quicksilver Sport IIS has been transformed from a cable braced ultralight to a strut braced model. Although this simple flying machine is one of the most successful aircraft ever built, the California company managed to make the new model even more appealing as it heads into a third decade of production. The most noticeable change to the new ultralight are the wing struts that completely replace the wing's upper surface cable rigging. Now the upper surface is free of obstructions to a smooth
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  $8.95 Quicksilver Sport II S
"Quicksilver's Sport II S" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, July, 2000.
 
Pilot Report begins: Think about the Cessna 172, workhorse of general aviation and the most popular aircraft ever built. Cessna is once again building them though the plane has seen little change other than new interior finishings and avionics. Think about the Quicksilver MX series.* Today this includes the MX Sprint and MX Sport, MX II Sprint and MXL II Sport, and now... (to the blare of announcing trumpets), the Quicksilver Sport IIS. One little letter on the end represents the latest iteration of what is the best-selling
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  SPLOG Sebring No-Show Bargains Will Attend Sun 'n Fun, 02/22/2014
 
SPLOG begins: Not long ago, I posted about Kitfox tending to business and expressing regret that they chose to stay home in Idaho versus making the trip to the Sebring LSA Expo 2014. Team Kitfox was not the only one, however. In addition, AeroSport didn't bring their
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  SPLOG Quicksilver Near Special LSA Approval for Sport 2S, 12/17/2013
 
SPLOG begins: The Special Light-Sport Aircraft version of Quicksilver Aeronautics ' popular Sport 2 model is completing efforts to gain FAA acceptance. An FAA audit is scheduled in December and the company announced it has completed the entire flight test regimen required
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  SPLOG Sophisticated LSA or “Mere Ultralight?”, 06/14/2013
 
SPLOG begins: I recently flew with a friend who has some interest in learning to fly. After we got out of a Flight Design CTLSi equipped with dual Dynon 10-inch SkyView screens flanking a Garmin 796 — in all, an awesome amount of beautifully presented information
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  SPLOG Quicksilver Adds Five Aircraft to FAA Kit List, 11/07/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Last Spring I had the pleasure of photographing the several aircraft that make up the stable of the re-emergent Quicksilver Aeronautics company. Quicksilver is the once-and-future, Cessna-style flagship of the ultralight industry back in the 70s and 80s,
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  SPLOG ELSA Trainer Owners - 1/31 Deadline!, 01/08/2010
 
SPLOG begins: January 31st (about 3 weeks away) is an important date for anybody who owns an E-LSA aircraft that's used for training , whether or not they actually use it for training operations. *** If owners don't apply for the amended certificate by the 1/31/2010
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  SPLOG Clicking Down to a Deadline for Ultralight Pilots, 12/18/2006
 
SPLOG begins: So, you're an ultralight pilot with many hours flying one of the great light airplanes that enjoyed the limelight long before Light-Sport Aircraft. Then FAA goes and creates a new class of pilot. Now, despite your pilot credential from USUA , ASC , or
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GT 400    Add to favorites list
  R GT 400
"Quicksilver Manufacturing — GT400" by Dan Johnson.
 
Mini Report begins: One of the best regarded light aircraft on the market is the GT400 from newly reorganized and revitalized Quicksilver. The longtime manufacturer of ultralights has new ownership and good things are happening. Fortunately, the Southern California leader stuck with their successful models. According to many who have flown it, the GT400 is one of the best flying single seat aircraft you can buy. To beginners, it is predictable and stable with qualities that allow a new pilot to progress with confidence.
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  $8.95 Quicksilver GT400
"Quicksilver's GT 400" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, January, 2000.
 
Pilot Report begins: The GT 400 isn't the fastest handling ultralight, nor is it the speediest, cheapest, most modern, nor fastest to build. But it does everything so well it doesn't need to be tops at any one function. In this sense, I believe the GT 400 may be the best ultralight in the world. While "best" means something different for virtually every pilot, I'll go out on a limb and predict that any pilot who flies the GT 400 will find it a highly satisfying ultralight. Fortunately for other ultralight manufacturers,
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Links to Articles

  SPLOG Luxurious Quicksilver Dealership: Flying & Living, 09/14/2012
 
SPLOG begins: One of the most storied companies in the entire light airplane space is Quicksilver. Their iconic models have populated the skies more than any other recreational aircraft brand... yes, more than Van's (7,000+), Rans (4,500+), and Challenger (2,500+)
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  SPLOG LSA & Lightplane Highlights at Oshkosh 2012, 08/06/2012
 
SPLOG begins: In the near future, we'll present fuller stories of some of the following short bits from Oshkosh 2012. With UltralightMews, we shot videos on most of the following, too, so watch for those as we can post them. Enjoy! CESSNA & PRIMARY CATEGORY Early on
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  SPLOG Quick LSA Review of What's Expected at Oshkosh, 07/19/2012
 
SPLOG begins: I have several targets on my radar for follow-up at the big show that starts July 23rd. Here's a beforehand review; details will follow. |||| *** LSA seaplanes will generate plenty of interest, I think, with Icon 's latest announcements and the dreamy
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  SPLOG Kodak Moment for Quicksilver Aeronautics, 03/01/2012
 
SPLOG begins: Among all aircraft producers in the world, a very limited number have exceeded the daunting barrier of delivering more than 10,000 airplanes. Those in this exclusive club include manufacturers of major aircraft such as Boeing, Cessna, Piper and precious
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  SPLOG AirVenture 2011 Wrap-Up and Summary, 08/02/2011
 
SPLOG begins: Oshkosh 2011 is history. By numerous accounts, this was a vast improvement over 2010 when the comments commonly went, "Well, I had some interest (in my airplane) and I hope to sell one or two... maybe." This year I had easily 30 conversations revealing
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