F.8L Falco, N988RP
It's time to sell my prize possession Falco, N988RP. My age is taking its toll and some health issues are looming so it’s time to sell. I'm looking for a slower, putz-around type of airplane instead of this fast, sleek, fully IFR and fully aerobatic cross country airplane.
I started construction in October, 1988, and spent a total of 12 1/2 years building her and enjoyed every minute of it. First flight was on May 5th, 2001, and she has been a great flying airplane. I even won an Oshkosh bronze Lindy (third place plans built) trophy in 2005. Boy, that was a nice surprise. I have loved building and flying balsa wood model airplanes since I was young and when I started looking for a homebuilt project I was drawn to many of the wood built ones. I fell in love when I first saw the ads for the Falco F.8L. It has sleek lines, fast, somewhat economical to fly and it was built of wood. What more could I ask for.
At the time I started the Falco project, I was in a partnership in a Piper Comanche 250 and didn't see the need of having the expense of another flyable airplane, with that in mind, I used building the Falco as a hobby instead of trying to construct her in the shortest time possible. I had given myself a thirteen year time span to finish her and I beat that time by six months. I remember telling my other EAA club members that I had no date set for the first flight but just wanted to enjoy the whole building process and that's what I did. N988RP was built in Santa Barbara, California, and after flying off her required twenty five hours I flew her to her new home in the Missouri Ozarks in July of 2001. She resides at the Mountain View, Missouri, (MNF) airport.
N988RP has always been hangered. I have never flown aerobatics in her except for one split-s turn which did pull 3 1/2 gs. All conditional inspections have been performed with all paperwork kept for reference. Conditional inspections are performed in September and the next one is due September, 2012. I hold an Experimental Repairman’s Certificate for N988RP and have performed all of the inspections.
What can you expect if you come and inspect my Falco? First is that she has been very well kept and maintained. There is some normal wear and tear that comes with age, she's now been flying for eleven years plus, but still has a lot of good flying time left in her. I would rate her paint and interior both 9’s and there’s nothing major that needs to be fixed or repaired.
If you are interested in purchasing N988RP, please call for a visit or if you would just like to chat.
2001 Falco F.8L Oshkosh Winner 2005 & Featured in February 2005 Sport Aviation “EAAers In Action pages 70-71”
360 hrs TTSN Lycoming IO-320-B1A 360hrs SMOH with Hartzell Propeller HC-C2YK-IBF 360hrs TTSN
Great Cross Country Aircraft 42 Gallons Onboard Fuel Full IFR Panel
Garmin 430 with a TruTrak Pictorial Pilot single axis Autopilot
Always Hangered Last Annual Condition Inspection completed September 2013
No damage history, Hangered at Mountain View MO (MNF)
Falco F.8L Serial #1052 360Hrs TTSN
IO-320-B1A 360hrs SMOH
Full IFR Panel
Garmin 430 GPS no WAAS
Concorde Aircraft Battery
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