World's Largest Aircraft Manufacturer First to Provide
Full-License Training in Customer-Built Craft
By Jon Thornburgh
ANN Sponsor Quicksilver Manufacturing, Inc. has
announced the creation of a special flight training opportunity
available to all who purchase a Quicksilver aircraft. For a set
fee, a buyer is guaranteed training--not only for his ultralight
pilot's license--but also for his fully-certified FAA pilot's
This special program includes professional assistance for the
construction of the Quicksilver homebuilt aircraft and the
placement of the airplane into the FAA Experimental category. The
buyer will receive training toward an FAA Recreational Pilot
certificate. If the student desires, he can simultaneously achieve
an Ultralight Flight Instructor's license.
This program is possible because of the special rapport that
Quicksilver has developed with an FAA designated aircraft inspector
and pilot examiner. The student will take his FAA flight check in
his own airplane, even though the airplane is an open-cockpit,
"tube and fabric" Experimental aircraft. Very few pilot examiners
are willing to give a flight check in an ultralight-type
The pilot examiner who will administer the flight check was
specially trained to fly Quicksilver aircraft. Although located in
Southern California, the examiner is willing to travel anywhere in
the United States to administer the Recreational Pilot flight
Why not just ultralight?
An ultralight is limited by the FAA to specified
weight, speed, and fuel restrictions. In addition, and ultralight
must be flown in isolated "rural" areas, and even in those areas
many airport managers will not allow ultralight operations at their
facility. Liability and hull insurances are difficult to obtain for
Once the Quicksilver buyer places his airplane into the
Experimental category and obtains his FAA pilot's license, he can
fly without the restrictions imposed on ultralight pilots. The
FAA-licensed pilot can fly into any airport that is open to general
He can obtain the same insurance that is available for Cessnas and
He can carry a passenger, fly cross-country, attend airshows, and
equip his airplane with long-range fuel tanks and other
He may also fly overhead a city, and into congested airports.
Who ARE those guys?
Quicksilver has an association with professional
FAA Certified Flight Instructors who specialize in training
students in their own Quicksilver Experimental ultralight-type
aircraft, and preparing the students for their FAA flight checks.
The flight instructors are also certified ultralight instructors.
The instructors are also able to offer instructional assistance in
the construction of the kit aircraft.
The construction of the aircraft, complete flight training and the
FAA flight check can be accomplished in three to four weeks at the
Quicksilver Flight Academy in Southern California. Lodging is
available. If the student is unable to travel to California,
special arrangements can be made for the instruction to be given at
the student's hometown.
The average time and cost to obtain an FAA pilot's license today in
the United States is six months and eight to ten thousand dollars.
The Quicksilver Flight Academy participant can obtain his license
for the same cost and in much less time. At the conclusion of
training, the student will have his own airplane to fly, and he
will not have to rent an airplane at $60 to $80 per hour.
The Quicksilver program includes the following for a guaranteed
package price of $9550:
- Aircraft construction assistance and flight testing.
- Assistance in placing the airplane into the Experimental
- Flight instruction for the FAA Recreational Pilot license and
an ultralight instructor's license.
- All necessary flight instruction books and materials.
- Services of the Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR)
who examines the completed homebuilt airplane and issues the
Airworthiness Certificate for the Experimental category.
Examination by the Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)
who administers the flight exam and issues the FAA pilot
- Examination by the ultralight examiner for the issuance of the
ultralight instructor's license to the applicant.
- The prepaid fee for the pilot flight physical.
- The prepaid cost for the pilot written exam.
- Experimental aircraft registration fee.
- Cost of transporting the airplane to the DAR examination site
and the flight test site.
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