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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 few others. While Van’s Aircraft is approaching this number with their RV kit-built aircraft series (itself a rather incredible achievement), no recreational aircraft company has passed the 10,000 unit mark… except one:Quicksilver. *** For many pilots Quicksilver makes “ultralights.” Indeed they do, in that some models can be built to stay within FAA’s Part 103 rule. Quicksilver also makes two seaters in two model lines — the MX series and the GT series — and those are now considered Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft. Except for dealer-built Part 103 Quicksilver aircraft, er… “ultralight vehicles” to use the preferred FAA term, all the California company’s aircraft have been constructed from kits.
Among these and other models, Quicksilver has produced more than 15,000 aircraft.
That means the company and its dealers gave lots of builder support because Quicksilver has delivered more than 15,000 units. ***
The longtime producer goes back into the 1970s and over all those years has one of the best safety records of any brand. The support was easier and safety good as Quicksilver invested heavily into making what may be the best assembly manuals in the kit aircraft business. Then they further proved their aircraft with thorough testing, enough so that the GT500 model was thevery first to win FAA’s Primary Aircraft approval. *** Quicksilver has had a few owners over the decades but for the past 13 years it has been known as Quicksilver Manufacturing lead by Carl von Hirsch and partner Manuel Perez. Running the operation has been Carl’s sons Richard and Robert. Sales have been handled nationally by Todd Ellefson, also with the team for many years. They’ll all continue but new leadership and ownership was recently announced.
|Carl von Hirsch served as president and co-owner of Quicksilver Manufacturing for the last 13 years. He was supported by his sons Robert and Richard and business partner Manuel Perez.|
By Dan Johnson, March 1, 2012