Quad City Aircraft Corp has manufactured the Challenger line of aircraft in Moline, Illinois since 1983. It is ultralight aviation's longest running company!
National Ultralight Inc was founded in 1983 by Ian Coristine and Gordon Bruce and since 1984 has been the exclusive Canadian distributor of the Challenger. Bryan Quickmire instructed in the Challenger training operation in 1984.
Gordon retired after several years and Ian ran the company until
Ian started phasing out of active participation in 1999 and in early 2005 retired to focus full attention on his 1000 Islands photo publishing business.
National Ultralight is now wholly owned by Bryan Quickmire
and has some
Bryan earned his wings in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in
1967 and went on to acquire a commercial licence with multi-engine and
Bryan's career as a computer executive took him to Boston
for nine years.
Since returning to Canada Bryan has owned Challenger advanced ultralights
equipped with amphibious floats, retractable wheel/skis and tundra wheels.
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. has been a source of inspiration:
Bryan was inspired to spend his life in pursuit of those hundred things!
Bryan's column "A Hundred Things" in Canadian Flight magazine
Bryan also wrote "Room To Manoeuvre", a column covering
For a selection of magical meanderings and mystical musings click below:
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