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National Ultralight Inc was founded in 1983 and since 1984 the company
has been the exclusive distributor of the Challenger line of aircraft in Canada.
Headquarters are at Edenvale Aerodrome, an hour north of Toronto, Ontario.
We have a collection of ten Challengers at Edenvale
including five new
582 powered Challenger Light Sport XL-65's.
Our fleet has just about every configuration, option and aftermarket accessory available
wheels, tundra wheels, wheel/skis and amphibious floats!
National Ultralight is the world's leading Challenger distributor
having sold over 600 Challengers.
The company is leveraging its expertise in sales and support
to expand beyond Canada to the United States and worldwide.
The versatility of the Challenger line of aircraft is legendary:
wheels, skis, floats, soaring.
Local and transcontinental flights.
Four seasons a year of use!
Challengers have vastly lower acquisition, operating and maintenance costs
than all other comparable aircraft,
even those with far fewer capabilities!
Owners enjoy a huge user community and an extensive support network.
All this has resulted in over 4,000 Challengers being shipped since 1983!
National Ultralight's two main suppliers are
Quad City Aircraft Corp which manufactures the airframes and
Bombardier-Rotax which makes the engines.
Quad City Aircraft Corp has manufactured
over 4,000 Challengers in Moline, Illinois since 1983.
It is ultralight aviation's longest running company!
Canadian owned Bombardier-Rotax has made over seven million engines since 1920.
They outsell all other manufacturers combined in light aircraft!
Over 30,000 Rotax 582 engines have been sold worldwide!
National Ultralight is also the world's leading distributor of
Puddlejumper amphibious floats as well as Turbulence skis and wheel/skis for Challengers
National Ultralight is wholly owned by Bryan Quickmire.
Bryan is a member of the Challenger Advisory Council formed by Quad City Aircraft Corp.
The Council's mandate is to guide development of the Challenger line of aircraft.
Bryan earned his wings in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in
1967 and went on to acquire a commercial licence with multi-engine and
an aerobatic instructor rating, plus glider and ultralight instructor ratings.
He first instructed in Challengers at National Ultralight's flight school in 1984.
Bryan has logged nearly 5,000 hours as PIC of more than 60 types of aircraft.
Bryan's career as a computer executive took him to Boston
for nine years.
He spent his time off traveling extensively in his Steen Skybolt biplane
and competing at the Advanced level in International Aerobatic Club competitions.
Since returning to Canada Bryan has owned Challenger advanced ultralights
equipped with amphibious floats, retractable wheel/skis and tundra wheels.
Bryan belongs to the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation where
he flies the DH82A Tiger Moth, Fairchild Cornell, Bellanca Cruisemaster and other types.
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
has been a source of inspiration for
Bryan's column "A Hundred Things" is from
||Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of ...
Bryan was inspired to spend his life in pursuit of those hundred things!
Bryan's column "A Hundred Things" in Canadian Flight magazine
offered an account, at times humorous - at times philosophical,
of his wanderings and adventures.
Bryan also wrote "Room To Manoeuvre", a column covering
aerobatics and thought-provoking issues in piloting,
which appeared in Aviation Quarterly magazine
along with his feature articles.
For a selection of magical meanderings and mystical musings click below:
A Hundred Things on All Manner of Things
A Hundred Things on Challenger Discoveries
Room To Manoeuvre on Aerobatics and Airmanship
And now for something completely different - poetry!
by Bryan Quickmire
With apologies to
I must go down to the shore again, to the joining of sea
And all I ask is a small plane, and a stick to steer it by;
And the prop's kick, and the wind's song, and little waves curling,
And a blue sheen on the sea's face, and puffy clouds swirling.
I must go up in the air again, for the call of flying
Is a loud call and a clear call, that can not be denied;
And all I ask is a windless day, with golden sun rays falling,
And the gentle swishing of the spray, and the sea-birds calling.
I must go now to explore again, to the vagrant gypsy
To the gull's way and the whale's way, when the wind's no whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn, from a laughing fellow rover,
And quiet sleep and sweet dreams, when the long trip's over.
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