I recently came upon one of those "in the right place at the right time" deals and was encouraged by several people in the know (particularly Phil Lankford -- thank you!) to pull the trigger and pick this deal up. Part of the reasoning was to shortcut the flying aspect of this hobby considering my life's unintended distractions these past several years.
Until this year I hadn't given Quickie's much serious thought, but after researching I am now convinced they are the most underrated and under-appreciated aircraft in the Rutan-inspired canard fleet (more on that in a future article). This particular aircraft was built by Earnest Martin, a master-builder who finished the interior as though it was the exterior. Even the hidden areas passed my "will I get stabbed" test for clean glass work.
Unfortunately the 2nd owner (I am now the 3rd) experienced a collapsed nose gear on landing, causing a prop-strike on what was previously a sweet MT constant speed propeller. There is also some damage under the cowl, but appears limited to the airbox. I have not yet removed the engine, but have gone through the process of trailering it from an outdoor tie-down and into a hanger. While I had several helping hands, this is something I can imagine doing alone (assuming all gear is in place) within 1 hours time in the future.
I need to remove the engine and get it checked out, remove the gear and verify the integrity of the firewall mounting points, repair the cowling, and give a good "once-over" all around. Attached are a few low resolution pictures, including one from when Earnest flew the plane to Rough River in 2006.
I hope to have it flying in 2015!