Aerosport Quail

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    There have been several references to Woody Woods' Quail on various threads here. A friend built one, and flew it trouble-free for over 1,000 hours. About all he had to do was periodically replace a plastic fuel line on the VW's carburetor. My friend has passed away, and his Quail is in a museum.

    It is a great looking airplane, and could look even better with a Jabaru engine, because the Jabaru could be further forward, which would make the fuselage more streamlined. Plus the added HP would make it a real climber and significantly reduce the takeoff roll. Larger wheels would go nicely with the longer fuselage.

    Anyone here building or flying an Aerosport Quail?


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    Many years ago there was one based at the South Columbus, OH. airport. I also liked the design. Dan
     
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    I sat in the one at the Pima Air Museum, it was surprisingly roomy for a little airplane. It would need a little more wing area for my kind of flying though.

    Just a side note: I ordered all three sets of Aerosport plans (Pusher, Quail and Scamp) After I paid for the plans it took several weeks and a few heated emails to get them to actually send them.
     
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    "Them" who, Fritz, Scott at VULA or is there another source?
     
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    He's the only source I'm aware of. This all happened back in February and March of 2011, maybe I just caught him at a bad time.
     
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    I ordered a set of plans for the quail and received them 3 days later neat plane. The empty weight on the plans is 534 and max gross is 762. my weight is 195 dressed. add 10 gallons of fuel and bang over weight. I would like to build it just wont work :(
     
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    Just like my Cygnet SF2A the Aerosport Quail is an under appreciated airplane. Similar era Bert Silser whistler was 1973 eventually became the Cygnet Quail was designed in 71 I believe. I received some videos of Jack Turners Quail flying from the current owner David Baker.



    Contact Harris Woods Gandson (Robert "Scott" Woods) he is selling plans for $125 and working to support the design with prefabricated parts long term. https://www.woodsaviation.net/history

    Pops SSSC has really caught my mind for a fun balanced all wood single but the Alloy Quail is faster on all counts and would serve a different mission.
     
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    You are correct , different mission. I always liked the Quail. Would be a fun little airplane.
     
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    Thanks for posting where to get plans. The eBay black market is really cooking on some of these.
     
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    I've got a soft spot for the Quail because it was one of three planes in an old Mechanics Illustrated (or maybe Popular Mechanics) cover story about this wacky idea of building a plane at home. I was about 10, and this was amazing to me, and it gave me a lot to think and dream about. It looks like a fun little airplane.
     
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    I think it was 1972 when I looked up in the back yard at a plane flying overhead and my friends father said I could build an airplane. Hooked I was and permission was granted. Still need to complete that mission although I did build a 3 seat hovercraft from 3rd to 5th grade! Great fun kept me out of trouble. The Quail or SSSC might be the ticket!
     
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    The 1834cc SSSC take off is sprightly by comparison



    Carl's Quail seems heavy or under powered


    The quail built lite and equipped with a 2180 flywheel drive VW could get out of the weeds and cruise at 50% power 115 mph which translates into less flying than you would enjoy at 80mph in a SSSC. Ah choices!!!! What a great country we have that affords us the freedom!
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aerosport_Quail.JP
    Is that your friends 1000 hour Quail? Most claims I have read planes have accumulated 600-1000+ hours of reliable service.

    Love the Orange paint!

    Everyone interested in the design should buy the plans from Scott Woods, Harris's Grandson see details in post 10.

    Personally I think it need some taller gear up front and move the small wheel back where it should be.
     
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    Yes, that Quail was built by Harold Shehane, of Raleigh, NC. He did fly it more than 1,000 hours.

    Harold flew all of Woody’s demonstrators at Sun n Fun in the early years. He was building a Glasair when he passed away.


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    I am sure he is missed by many.

    Harold Shehane and his Quail.jpg
     
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