What is Little Nellie?
Nellie is a light sport aircraft with two seats, no cockpit, and floats for water take-off and landing. She is also a lot of fun!
OK, can you be a bit more specific?
Nellie is a Quicksilver Sport 2S light sport aircraft. Quicksilver aircraft kits are designed and made in California, and the Sport 2S is one of the most popular designs, having been in production for years. Little Nellie was built and test flown in 2006 by the previous owner who flew her in Central Pennsylvania and more recently from Bay Bridge airport near Annapolis. The engine is a Rotax 582, producing 64 horsepower from a liquid cooled, two-stroke, two cylinder engine specifically designed for ultralight aircraft. She has been fitted with Puddlejumper floats using a dedicated conversion kit from the manufacturer. She is registered with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Federal Aviation Administration has defined light-sport aircraft as simple-to-operate, easy-to-fly aircraft that have certain weight and handling limits and characteristics. Nellie carries a classification of ‘experimental' making her an Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA). This is a broad category of classification applied to many light aircraft, and in Nellie's case indicates she was constructed from a kit by a private individual.
What is it like to fly her?
Take a look...
This was taken September 2010 with a camera mounted on the right lift strut..