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Quikkit Glass Goose

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The Quikkit Glass Goose is a two-seat biplane amphibious aircraft marketed for homebuilding. It was designed by Gary LeGare in 1982 and sold through his firm Aero Gare as the Sea Hawk and, later, Sea Hawker. LeGare sold the rights to the aircraft to Aero Composites in 1986, which sold them again two years later to the (unrelated) Aero Composite Technologies.

During the 1990s, the Sea Hawker earned a bad reputation amongst homebuilders due to a number of serious accidents involving the type. In particular, the aircraft was prone to losing wings. Investigations for the NTSB revealed weakness in the spar design, but also pointed out ambiguity in the assembly instructions that made builders unaware of the fact that the wings as supplied in the kits had peel ply panels that needed to be removed before bonding the wings to the fuselage. As a result, many builders had bonded the peel ply to the aircraft instead. Aero Composites Limited was eventually put into receivership, but the Sea Hawker assets were purchased in 1992 by Tom Scott, who had been publishing a newsletter for fellow builders on overcoming the shortcomings and dangers of the original design. Quikkit was founded to sell kits that incorporated his revisions, and the aircraft was renamed the Glass Goose, after Scott's original Sea Hawker that he had built in 1986.

Specifications (typical Glass Goose)

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.95 m)
  • Wingspan: 27 ft 0 in (8.23 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
  • Wing area: 151 ft² (14.0 m²)
  • Empty: 900 lb (408 kg)
  • Loaded: lb ( kg)
  • Maximum takeoff: 1,800 lb (816 kg)
  • Powerplant: various in the 160-180 hp range (120-135 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 160 mph (257 km/h)
  • Range: 1,100 miles (1,770 km)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,659 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,200 ft/min (366 m/min)
  • Wing loading: lb/ft² ( kg/m²)
  • Power/Mass: hp/lb ( kW/kg)

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