July 3, 2013 - Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Corp., makers of the Challenger series of ultralights, homebuilt light aircraft, and LSA kit aircraft, celebrates its 30th anniversary of making light aircraft this year and EAA is asking all Challenger owners to fly into Oshkosh for AirVenture 2013 to help celebrate.
The Quad City Challenger ultralight came onto the scene in 1983 in Moline, Illinois, and three decades later the company has produced more than 3,800 aircraft, according to general manager Karen Oltman. These include the single-seat Challenger I and Challenger I Special, and two-seat tandems Challenger II, Challenger II Special, Challenger II CW LSS, and the latest model, the Challenger II LSS XL-65.
"This popular design has been built consistently in the same place by the same owner for 30 years," said EAA's Timm Bogenhagen. "It's been a great little plane, affordable with excellent performance, and a design that's stood the test of time. We want to encourage as many owners as possible to fly their Challengers to the Ultralight area this year."
Challengers are sold throughout the world, said Bill Ehlers, co-owner, who camped at Oshkosh beneath the wing of his airplane 30 years ago. "Canada, Singapore, China, Peru, Mexico - we're selling worldwide," he said.
Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Corp. will be exhibiting in Booth 908 in the Ultralight exhibit area. In addition, a Challenger owners forum is scheduled for Thursday, August 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Ultralight Forums Tent.
Quad City will also hold a celebration fly-in September 20-21 at the Erie, Illinois, Air Park.