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http://www.sportaviationmagazine.com -- Eipper Formance Quicksilver weight shift. Powerplants began showing up on hang gliders in the mid to late 70s, but conventional, tailless hang gliders did not prove to be the best platform for auxiliary power. The trike had yet to be invented, and those who contemplated adding an engine saw the Quicksilver hang glider as a better combination. As landing gear had yet to be devised, early experimenters literally ran their powered Quicksilvers into the air boosted by tiny engines. The first Eipper Formance setup employed small Chrysler powerplants, sometimes two of them in line, swinging one prop, plus a basic tricycle landing gear. Later the Eipper company selected the Yamaha 15-horse engine that offered enough power and reliability to gain new inertia for the idea of powering hang gliders. Throughout this development, the four partners of Eipper including Dick Eipper, Steve Wilson, Dave Cronk, and Dave Muehl worked to make their company look more attractive to potential buyers. About this time, I visited the factory and saw—but did not fly—the first powered Quicksilvers. My timing was interesting, as within a few weeks a group led by Lyle Byrum bought Eipper Formance and renamed it, using Quicksilver as their corporate logo. Those first Quicks were all single-seaters and all powered by Yamaha engines. Two-seaters were still years away. Quicksilvers used supplemental weight shift, which moved the rudder by linking it via control lines to the swing seat holding the pilot. This seat moved freely in all directions. As you moved fore and aft, you controlled pitch. As you moved to either side, your weight movement had a minor effect, but most lateral control came from moving the rudder as you shifted your weight right or left. Throttles were spring-loaded levers on one downtube of the triangular-shaped control bar in front of the seat. Remember, this was a hang glider first, powered to attract hang glider pilots. At the time, no one called themselves an ultralight pilot, and no other market existed. For about $3,995 you could buy a whole powered airplane capable of delivering hours of enjoyable flights. A market began to develop quickly, and Quicksilvers led the race. Others built similar designs, but they weren't perceived as the original, and most of them dropped out of sight. While the designs were still supplemental weight shift, more powerful engines arrived on the scene. The Cuyuna 430 added an extra dimension to Quicksilver flying and opened the door to new models. Courtesy of Dan Johnson www.bydanjohnson.com http://www.sportaviationmagazine.com Video and Audio content is Copyright © Sport Aviation Magazine. This video and audio material may not be reproduced in any form without written permission. Help support Sport Aviation Magazine by subscribing to our PAID YOU TUBE CHANNEL at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG__HDxVT1TjrBqEjltFRzQ RELATED SEARCH TERMS: ultralight,ultralight video,ultralights,ultralight aircraft,ultralight aviation,legal ultralights,part 103 ultralights,ultralight kits,ultralight planes,ultralights for sale,used ultralight aircraft,ultralight plane,ultralight trike,ultralight glider,ultralight kit,ultralight airplane, Flying (Magazine), TAGS: quicksilver weight shift ultralight, quicksilver weight shift ultralight, eipper, eipper formance, eipper quicksilver, quicksilver ultralight for sale, quicksilver ultralight prices, quicksilver ultralight for sale craigslist, quicksilver ultralight parts, quicksilver ultralight dealers, http://www.sportaviationmagazine.com - Eipper Formance Quicksilver Weight Shift antique ultralight vintage ultralight aircraft. ....
Light Sport and Ultralight Flyer
2014 July 01
Film & Animation