Sawdust
1986

Al Dugas is retiring to North Conway, New Hampshire, to build his Falco. Al tried retiring once before but went stir-crazy "sitting around the pool". Al has just finished building a shop for the Falco. He did all of the work himself, pre-cutting all of the wood at home in Salem, Massachucetts, and then trucking the pieces up to New Hampshire. The entire shop is held together with screws, so the construction site has been exceptionally quiet -- no sawing or nailing. Al has painted all of the plywood for the walls and ceiling before putting them up. One day while Al was down on the floor painting a piece of plywood, a neighbor stopped by and asked "What're you doing?" "Painting the ceiling" says Al. Then, a long silence.

 It's a girl. Congratulations to Jim and Anita DeAngelo for Jamie Marie DeAngelo, a lovely 6 lb. 7-1/2 oz. young lady who was born on May 6 at the civilized hour of 1:46 PM. Mother and daughter are doing fine. The father is recovering as well as can be expected.

The annual Wright Memorial Trophy is awarded each year to the ten most significant homebuilt aircraft at the Dayton Air Fair. One hundred and fifty randomly-selected EAA chapters vote on the airplane types. This year the Falco came in third in the voting. Karl Hansen will attend and accept his trophy. The show is on July 24, as always the weekend before Oshkosh. Eight out of the ten chosen are made of steel tubing, wood or aluminum, and only one was a Tupperware Sternwheeler.

 A California company has announced the Falco 500. "The spectacular productivity machine. You're looking at a model that's about to reshape your image of a computer terminal. Sure, it's got eye-catching looks. But more than that, it combines some of the most dazzling specs you've ever seen." Wonder where they got the name? Even the type face used in the ads is similar to what we use. Falco Data Products, 1294 Hammerwood Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94089, (408) 745-7123 or (800) 835-8765. "The Falco 500. We think you're going to admire its body. But we know you're going to fall in love with its mind."

Stelio Frati's F.1300 Squalus made its debut at the Farnborough air show and is expected to make its first flight in October. The August 25 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology confirms that Rockwell International signed a memorandum of under-standing in April to be a partner in the proposed sale of the aircraft to the USAF. The Fairchild T-46A trainer has been cancelled as the replacement for the T-37. The main goal of the design is to provide jet performance at low cost. The Squalus will have a normal operating speed of 300 kts and a maximum speed of 315 kts. Stall speed is 67 kts. The price of the aircraft is about $1.6 million each and direct operating costs of about $170 per hour. The USAF version would have an improved tactical navigation system, better ventilation, a service ceiling of 40,000 feet instead of 25,000 ft and an ejector seat. The USAF version would sell for about $2 million.

COME ONE! COME ALL! to the Great Oyster Fly-In and Gathering of Stelio Frati Aircraft at the Rosegill Farm Airstrip on November 1. The Oyster Festival parade begins at 12:00 noon, so plan to arrive by 11:00 or so. This year's airshow will include even more daring and unique oyster-related acrobatic maneuvers: Bill Mahaffey will EAT 16 RAW OYSTERS while doing a ROLLING THREE-SIXTY in his Staggerwing Beech, José V. Martin will DO THE UNSPEAKABLE to a poor wing-walking oyster in his German Bücker Jungmann biplane, and Parke Smith's ever-popular INVERTED OYSTER BITE in his French CAP-10 aircraft. For refreshments, Sara Scott, Katherine Scott and Brook Wilkinson will serve their famous Oyster Lemonade. Accommodations: freshly-cut grass awaits your tents and sleeping bags. In case of rain, tentless campers should be prepared to supplicate and grovel before Meredith Scott. For the evening entertainment, we will have the Oysterettes, the famous troupe of belly-dancing oysters.

His Falco isn't finished yet, so Paul Miles brought his F-14 to Oshkosh instead. As part of the Navy's three-plane team, Paul and his friends put on quite a show. Paul flew in the "missing man" formation with the WWII Grumman fighters and reports that it was a thrill of a lifetime. Trivia: with a takeoff weight of 56,000 lbs, the F-14 is the equivalent of thirty Falcos.

"Canard canard" from the August 1986 issue of Aerospace America cites the case of several studies which sought to prove the superiority of the canard. In one such study, the "computer-based analysis program kept telling them to increase the size of the canard and reduce the wing area. When they were through, the optimum design featured a canard that was roughly five times the size of the wing." The article concludes that the "supposed advantages of this nose-mounted airfoil have proven largely illusory for light aircraft."

One of the first responses to our "Go from Kits to Falco in 13 months" ad in Flying came from an inmate at Leavenworth prison, who -- we assume -- has more that 13 months available.

Calling fuel outage accidents a "general aviation disgrace," the October issue of Aviation Safety reported that of 169 fuel exhaustion accidents in 1982, 50.4% crashed within one mile of the destination. Others statistics: 16.5%-2 to 5 miles, and 9.0%-6 to 10 miles, 8.3 %-11 to 20 miles, 7.5%-21 to 50 miles, 4.5-51 to 100 miles, and 3.8% over 101 miles.

     

 

 

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