One of ultralight aviation's pioneering names passes to new owners this week when Quicksilver Aeronautics takes up the banner in place of Quicksilver Manufacturing, for the past 13 years the purveyor of this venerable design.
"We are very pleased to present Quicksilver Aeronautics LLC as the new owner and operator of a company Americans and many other nationals have loyally supported for several decades," said Will Escutia, president of Quicksilver Aeronautics.
"We have some exciting plans underway and will be detailing these for the aviation media and potential customers as we continue reviewing and refining the operation of the company."
In its evolution from a 1970s-era foot-launched hang glider, the Quicksilver design gained huge popularity, with more than 15,000 delivered—most as assemble-yourself kits.
Quicksilver products include the MX series with the Sprint, Sprint II, Sport, Sport II, Sport 2S, and the GT series including the single-seat GT400 and the two-place GT 500, the first aircraft approved by the FAA under the primary category (1993).
U.S. and worldwide sales will be conducted under the guidance of Todd Ellefson, based in Rochester, Minnesota. Ellefson has very long experience with Quicksilver products and brings continuity during the ownership transition.
Among the new owners' plans are:
- Progress toward gaining FAA approval for several Quicksilver models as light-sport aircraft;
- New pricing structures to continue and broaden the appeal of these affordable aircraft;
- Enhanced production and processes for all models;
- Fresh review of engineering documentation and procedures;
- Redesigned company literature, website, and company communications.