Sun, Mar 02, 2003
Challenger Maker Celebrates 20 Years
Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Corp, maker of the popular
Challenger series of single and two-place ultralights and light
aircraft kits, marks its 20th continuous year in business on March
1. President David Goulet founded the business in Moline, Illinois,
and still operates out of the same facility at 3810 34th St.
Quad City has sold 3,000 aircraft since that time, and 2,700 are
flying, Goulet said. "Generally, we aim to sell about 150 aircraft
per year," he said. The high-water mark for sales was 1992, when
the company's 10 employees churned out 250 aircraft kits.
How'd He Do It?
He attributes the company's longevity to good
word-of-mouth advertising, exceptional service, and the aircraft
themselves. "The aircraft does everything pretty well," Goulet
said. "It's not the fastest, not the slowest, just a nice airplane
The company's two most popular models are the two-place standard
and two-place clipped-wing. Goulet recommends the 48-hp Rotax 503
to most customers because of its simplicity and ease of
installation. Quad City sells about 10 floatplanes per year, which
require the additional power of the 65-hp Rotax 582 engine.
For Now, Kits Only
Goulet is watching developments of sport pilot/light-sport
aircraft closely. He does not plan to offer finished aircraft, but
may offer a satellite finishing factory for customers to complete
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