(Near Barrie, ON)
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plus pics & video!
Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation
Gathering of Classics
Fly-in / Drive-in
Fine Dining Indoors
Good Food Outdoors
July 11-13, 2014
8th Annual Western Challenger Rendezvous
(Near Edmonton, AB)
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August 22-24, 2014
5th Annual East Coast
(Near Greenwood, NS)
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agenda & logistics!
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Formation Flight Seminar Handout
September 6, 2014
15th Annual Fly-in
Carleton Place, ON
(Near Ottawa, ON)
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24th Annual Challenger Winter Rendezvous
Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2014
Winter Aviation Event!
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plus links to
reports, pics, videos!
Winter Rendezvous Videos
More than a Feeling
The Big Two Oh!
23rd Annual Challenger Winter Rendezvous
February 1-3, 2013
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article & pictures!
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reports, pics, video!
OVERVIEW OF THE CHALLENGER LINE OF AIRCRAFT
The Challenger airframe is made by Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Corp in Moline, IL.
The versatility of the Challenger line
of aircraft is legendary - wheels, skis, floats, soaring, local or cross
continent flights. Four seasons a year of use.
Fly it with your current licence or
the economical Ultralight Pilot Permit.
Challengers are always in demand so
the value of yours will be protected.
National Ultralight, exclusive
distributor for Canada since 1984, offers
We lose ourselves in the things we love, we find ourselves there too.
The Challenger Line Of Advanced Ultralight Aircraft
Some 4,000 Challengers have been delivered worldwide since 1983 with over 600 owners in Canada. The Challenger Owners Association is the most active in recreational aviation. Clearly this line of aircraft is one of the most popular in aviation, and one of the most proven, safest designs in any category.
The Challenger is uniquely versatile - it switches quickly and easily between wheels, tundra wheels, skis, penetration wheel/skis, retractable wheel/skis, straight floats, amphibious floats, ... The heated cabin and an engine needing no preheating make it a true four season aircraft, even in Canada's winter. On warm summer days remove the doors and you have an open air sportster!
The Challenger's STOL performance and payload are extraordinary. A wide speed range and impressive crosswind capability, together with a cockpit having unrestricted visibility, make it a delightful and capable platform for long distance cross-country flights, as well as low and slow ultralight sightseeing.
Challengers also make great motorgliders, with recorded engine-off flights of several hours and altitude gains of many thousands of feet, even on amphibs!
There is no other airplane, at any price, with this broad mix of talents! In Canada new Challengers can qualify for the Advanced Ultralight category and be flown with a traditional licence or the easier to obtain Ultralight Pilot Permit. In the USA they can be flown as Light Sport Aircraft with a Sport Pilot Permit.
You can't cross the sea by standing
and staring at the water.
The Evolution Of The Species
The Challenger design has stood the test of time but it has not stood still. Over the years several hundred changes have combined to let the latest Challenger take off in less distance, climb more rapidly and cruise up to 50 mph faster than the early machines. Wingtips to wheels it's more efficient and more durable.
In 2005 the Rotax 582 engine was added to the stable alongside the 503. This 30% increase in horsepower actually uses less fuel and is now the de facto standard for floats, heavy loads and high density altitudes. Also in 2005 we increased the gross weight by 20% and created Canada-specific packages.
The newest Rotax 582 and 503 engines are ASTM certified. Purpose built for use in aviation they have earned top marks for reliability as well as easy, affordable maintenance. Dual independent electronic ignition systems fire two spark plugs per cylinder, for redundancy plus more power and lower fuel consumption. A taller re-drive and bigger prop increase cruise and climb.
New Challenger Light Sport XL-65, XS-65, XS-50
In July 2010 the Challenger line of aircraft was expanded with the Light Sport series consisting of two brand new models - the XL-65 and XS-50. In March 2012 the line was expanded again with the new Challenger Light Sport XS-65.
The new Challenger Light Sport XL-65, XS-65 and XS-50 are the most dramatic steps forward ever taken. The XL-65, XS-65 and XS-50 incorporate numerous design enhancements driven by customer inputs. The new models are easier to fly, faster in cruise, more rugged, more ergonomic and easier to build. Prices remain very affordable even with engine and instruments.
The new XL-65 is a high power, high lift aircraft for amphibious floats, heavy loads and high density altitudes. A new wing design and a power package with 30% more thrust combine to allow an increase in gross weight from 960 to 1060 lbs. Standard 20 USgal wing tanks allow for the creation of a baggage compartment in the fuselage behind the passenger seat.
The new XS-65 is a clip wing derivative of the XL-65 with all the same features including the 582 power pack but with a clip wing four feet shorter. The XS-65 is optimized for people who want speed. The maximum cruise speed is 100 mph - lightning fast for an ultralight! The XS-65 has an impressive payload of nearly 600 lbs. With its fast cruise, long range wing tanks and a baggage compartment in the fuselage the XS-65 makes a great cross-country machine.
The new XS-50 is optimized as an economical go-fast airplane for wheels and skis. Cruise speed is increased to 90 mph thanks to a 26 ft clip wing and new streamlining features. The XS-50 uses the ASTM certified 50 hp Rotax 503 and has a 960 lb gross weight. The XS-50 comes standard with a 10 USgal fuselage tank. Available options are a 17 USgal fuselage tank or 20 USgal wing tanks. The wing tanks allow for a baggage compartment in the fuselage.
From crisper handling to a more spacious cabin, the latest Challengers are not only more capable and comfortable they are better looking and quieter to boot! The new Light Sport models all retain the docile nature, low stall speed and amazing crosswind capability of previous generations of Challengers. The combination of outstanding STOL performance plus heavy duty landing gear and hydraulic disc brakes allow operation from short, unimproved strips.
This is why Challenger is Canada's favourite advanced ultralight!
A man is not old until regrets take
the place of dreams.
The Quick Tour
For a sense of why this aircraft has enjoyed amazing longevity and success, read what owners say are the ten best reasons for owning a Challenger.
If you're not too rushed, click on a rainbow line for music and browse onward!
The Grand Tour
This site contains the specs and performance of
the classic airplane and
the new light sport models plus it
describes the experience of flying a Challenger,
introduces some of our owners,
answers many frequently asked questions,
The site map gives the big picture - the overall structure plus section contents.
Browse through in sequence or flip through any way you wish. Your browser will change the colour of the underlined links so you know where you've been. To come back to a particular page, add it to your Bookmarks or Favorites list.
Remember to click on the small pictures to enlarge them and see the captions!
The Nitty Gritty Tour
The Challenger line of aircraft consists of two distinct series...
The Light Sport
section has a wealth of facts and figures on the new
The Airplane section has the scoop on the older Classic Challenger models!
Challenger Info Pack & Video
This web site has superceded the traditional paper information package in detailing everything about the Challenger - from specs to prices to how to soar in a thermal. It also contains the Challenger Cinema with a great selection of videos which may be viewed online. Video is the absolute best route to truly understanding the versatility and performance of the Challenger. Some of the videos show specific aspects of the Challenger, for example the difference in takeoff and climb between the 582 and 503 engines. Other videos were created by Challenger owners who were moved to share their experiences.
All this information is here online for free. Click to our Site Map to learn what is on our site and where it is. Print pages for your personal use if you wish.
Additionally, there is a 55 minute Challenger video available in DVD format which you may order via this web page. The DVD video is an eclectic collection of old and new footage which starts with classic 1980's era material and interleaves more modern footage. This collection is intended to show you the full spectrum of the Challenger's 25 year heritage - to give you a sense of the continuing evolution and a good idea of just how far we've come since the early days!
Tour the Thousand Islands on floats, wander over gorgeous Florida greenery, skim along a snow-covered river with friends, ride a thermal upwards with the engine off. To see our past and present for yourself order the DVD!
If you think you can do a thing, or
think you can't do a thing, you're right.
On Sept. 19-21, 2008 a couple of hundred people drove and 56 Challengers flew to Erie Airpark Illinois to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger line of aircraft! Congrats Quad City!
In 2009 National Ultralight celebrated its 25th year as the exclusive Canadian distributor!
Now A Quarter Century As Unchallenged Ultralight Leader
In 2006 Dave Goulet,
president of Quad City and the designer of the Challenger,
"The continued success
of Goulet's line of Challengers has brought him world wide acclaim.
If the why is important enough, the
how will happen.
The Challenger Winter Rendezvous posters are created by Dave O'Malley of Aerographics Ottawa. Dave is also historian and webmaster at Vintage Wings.
If you have any questions or are ready to order your Challenger,
National Ultralight is located in new Hangar/Office facilities at Edenvale Aerodrome!
If you wish, we'll notify you automatically by e-mail when this site is updated!
To see the Challenger in action for yourself order our 55 minute Challenger video now!
Last update Sept. 13, 2014.
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