Kas Thomas's new book The LPM Engine Operating
Guide was mentioned in the last builder letter. I now have
a copy and can recommend it highly. Lots of useful information
you won't find elsewhere. Every Falco builder should have a copy.
|Nothing to do
with Falcos, but Steve Wilkinson's brother, Alec Wilkinson, is
the author of a new book just released titled Moonshine, A
Life in Pursuit of White Liquor. Reviewed in the latest issue
of Time, the book is about a North Carolina revenue agent's
life breaking up illegal stills. A wonderful story about a legendary
and colorful personality, whose view of flounder is "I don't
eat nothing with both eyes on the same side of the head".
Nigel Moll's just-released Oshkosh is a
photo essay of last year's Oshkosh airshow. Two pictures of Dave
Aronson's Falco are included. If you have never been to Oshkosh,
this book captures the essence of the show.
|In the news lately
is Falco builder Vern Raburn who is President of Symantec, a
new personal computer software company with a blockbuster artificial
intelligence program expected out soon. Although a new company,
the roster of people at Symantec reads like an All-American team
of programmers and superstars of their field. Vern's expertise
is as a businessman and in marketing, and thus does not fit the
usual hacker mold. With Microsoft, he was in charge of bringing
Multiplan to the market, and then did a repeat performance with
Lotus 1-2-3, whose success is widely attributed to shrewd marketing.
Between work on his Falco, Jonas Dovydenas has
been doing some traveling -- to Russia on one occasion and into
Afghanistan on another. Entering through a mountain pass from
Pakistan, he spent several days in the mountains with the rebels
watching Russian planes bomb other rebels across the valley and
taking photographs for an article on the war.
issue of Wood News, published by Highland Hardware includes
the article "Sex and the Woodworker", George Frank's
account of an affair he had in 1926 in France with an innkeeper's
daughter. The only possible reference to wood is the handle on
the knife the innkeeper used to threaten young Frank in case
the daughter caught a disease he suspected Frank of having-instead
Frank picked up a separate ailment from the young lady.
More obnoxious than Oshkosh's worst case of mental
dog-bite-those wild-eyed aviation Granola-heads who haunt our
booth with suggestions for making the Falco out of paper and
other similarly exotic materials-are the independent long distance
salesmen who call on businesses. We get at least one call a week.
We've finally found the perfect solution -- when they call, Brenda
just tells them that we don't have a telephone and hangs up.
Rench's "Millennium Falco" was mentioned in Steve Wilkinson's
"Letter from America" in a recent issue of Pilot magazine in England.
The Fifth Annual World's Only Oyster Fly-In and
Gathering of Stelio Frati Aircraft takes place on Saturday, November
2 at Rosegill Farm Airstrip, Urbanna, Virginia. New features
this year include Jim DeAngelo's FIRST EVER ATTEMPTED ITALIAN
OYSTER ROLL, a unique combination of Falco acrobatics, pasta
and live oysters guaranteed to thrill all who are courageous
enough to watch-Falco acrobatics you can sink you teeth into.
As always, the airshow will include PARKE SMITH & HIS AMAZING
INVERTED OYSTER BITE and Alfred Scott's acrobatics while simultaneously
EATING OYSTERS, CHEWING TOBACCO AND PLAYING "THE MUCKING
OF GEORDIE'S BYRE" ON THE BAGPIPE. Especially welcome are
unusual aircraft. Beech, Piper and Cessna products tolerated.
No electric oyster knives permitted.
of Steve Wilkinson, he aims to be the slowest Falco builder on
record. First flight is to be done by his daughter, Brook, age
5. Brook signs the inside of all parts for the Falco before they
And speaking of little girls, Sara and Kakee Scott
remind everyone that their daddy does not like to be called "Al".
They suggest "Alfred", "Mr. Scott" or "Daddy"
as more preferable alternatives.
Oyster Fly-In was rained out, but a few of us brave souls gathered
the following weekend for a rain check. John and Midge Oliver
came as did Wilkinsons all. Steve said that Brook -- for whom
he is building the Falco -- has announced that she is not going
to fly in the Falco. She has thought it over and has decided
that anything made out of wood is not going to fly.
For those who need more, there is Woodsmith magazine. It seems to be directed at the bookshelves-oak icebox-dining
table projects. Free router table plans with a subscription order.
Six issues a year for $10.00. Woodsmith, 2200 Grand Avenue,
P.O. Box 842, Des Moines, IA 50304-9961
the fastest assembly of the basic airframe has been done by Steve
Bachnak. Steve has done all of his woodwork and has made about
half of the rest. The first year was spent making pieces, and
this spring he started on the assembly. The photographs from
May show the tail going together next to the wing ribs being
made. In October the entire airframe was complete but not skinned
Perry Burholm probably holds the record for the
tightest working space. His garage is so small that his wing
was built leading edge up. Perry is now wiring the Falco, and
it remains in the same vertical position since it won't fit in
the shop any other way.