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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
1996 when Bryan returned to Canada to become his partner.

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
600 Challenger owners in Canada and annual sales exceeding $1 million.

Bryan earned his wings in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in 1967 and went on to acquire a commercial licence with multi-engine and instrument ratings,
an aerobatic instructor rating, plus glider and ultralight instructor ratings.
He has accumulated over 4,000 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.
He belongs to the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation where he flies the DH82A Tiger Moth, Fairchild Cornell, Bellanca Cruisemaster and other types.

"High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. has been a source of inspiration:

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

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