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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Gateway Area Ultralight Association to Host Motor Clinic

By Carmelo Turdo
The Gateway Area Ultralight Association (GAUA) will follow up its very successful carburetor clinic with a Rotax engine repair clinic on February 23.  It will be held at the St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) Fire Station conference room and taught by Mark Smith, Dan Grimm & Brad Jones.  The agenda will be as follows:

9-10AM Coffee and Donuts 10-12 Seminar
12-1PM Lunch
1-3 Seminar    

For a preview of what you may experience at the clinic, please view the video at:

Here is a short bio on Mark Smith, the presenter of the Rotax repair clinic:

Mark Smith started his Tri-State Kite Sales around 1974, selling and flying Delta Wing Kites and Gliders.  Mark progressed to Quicksilver Aircraft, which initially was a weight shift kit plane.  So many enthusiasts wanted to learn, so Mark started teaching.  He would ride his Tomos moped alongside, as they ran down the runway, communicating advice.  There were as many as three Quicks on the runway at a time each eager to wheelbarrow and experience that first short liftoff into the air.

Potential pilots would arrive before daylight and toss stones at his bedroom window to wake him so lessons could begin. Student’s wives would direct their car lights down the field so their husband/boy friend could practice into the evening. He helped paraplegics into the swing seat so they could experience the freedom of flight.

In 1982 Mark was the top selling dealer in the country. He needed to have his own airfield so in 1985 purchased about 30 acres and constructed runways: 5/23 9/27 9W/27W.  In 1989 Mark stopped buying kits and completely involved himself in building planes from scratch. He accumulated a metal bender and materials so that all designing and manufacturing could be done by himself. Nearly 10,000 were sold, many models sharing design features of the Quicksilver MX. Changes he made to make the plane fly, steer, handle wind and gusts better.
For more information about Mark and his business, please visit and attend the Rotax clinic February 23.
(Much of the information in this post was provided by Bill Rohland, President of GAUA). 

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