Questair Venture

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Questair Venture & Spirit
Questair Venture landing
Role Kit aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Questair
Designer Jim Griswold
First flight 1 July 1987
Status still in operation
Primary user private owner pilots
Number built 62 (2011)[1]

The Questair Venture is an American-built light sporting aircraft of the 1980s.[1]


Questair Inc was founded by Ed MacDonough in the mid 1980s. The Venture was designed by Jim Griswold, an engineer with Piper Aircraft and embodied technology used in the Piper Malibu. The distinctive layout of the design was intended to combine a large two-seat side-by-side cabin and rear baggage space with the smallest possible airframe in a highly streamlined design. This resulted in a good long range performance.

Questair Venture
Questair Spirit with fixed undercarriage at Sun N' Fun Lakeland, Florida in April 2009

The aircraft is of all-metal construction using pre-formed multi-curvature panels and is supplied as a kit to homebuilders. The Venture has a complex tricycle retractable undercarriage, but the Spirit version has a fixed spatted main landing gear, the nose landing gear remaining retractable. The powerplant is a Continental IO-550-G, designed specifically for the aircraft.[2]

Operational history[edit]

The first Venture made its maiden flight on 1 July 1987 and in 1991 it was followed by the Questair Spirit which had an optional third rear seat as well as a fixed tricycle undercarriage. Both types have been built from kits by amateur constructors and over 30 had been completed by 2001.[3] In 1991, a Questair Venture set a time to climb record for its class of two minutes, thirty one seconds to reach 3000 meters. The record stood until broken in 1999 by the custom-built Bohannon B-1.[4]

Aircraft on display[edit]

Specifications (Venture)[edit]

Data from Simpson, 2001, p. 455 and Kitplanes[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 16 ft 3 in (4.95 m)
  • Wingspan: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 8 in (2.34 m)
  • Wing area: 72.7 sq ft (6.75 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,200 lb (544 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,000 lb (907 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 56 U.S. gallons (210 L; 47 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental IO-550-G six cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 310 hp (230 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 305 mph (491 km/h; 265 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 275 mph (239 kn; 443 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 70 mph (61 kn; 113 km/h)
  • Range: 1,150 mi (999 nmi; 1,851 km)
  • Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (13 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 27.5 lb/sq ft (134 kg/m2)


  1. ^ a b c Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 63. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ Simpson, 2001, p. 454
  3. ^ Simpson, 2001, p. 455
  4. ^ Flying Magazine. November 1999. p. 35. 
  5. ^ Ogden, 2007, p. 561
  6. ^ EAA AirVenture Museum (2011). "Questair Venture 200 – N8057J". Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  • Ogden, Bob (2007). Aviation Museums and Collections of North America. Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-385-4. 
  • Simpson, Rod (2001). Airlife's World Aircraft. Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84037-115-3.