Virginia's 1988 do-nothing legislature declared
the Urbanna Oyster Festival to be the official Oyster Festival
of the State of Virginia. The measure to declare the Chesapeake
Deadrise the state boat failed. No mention has been made of the
Great Oyster Fly-In -- we're offended.
| Buzz Glade,
who is now flying with a 160 hp engine and constant speed propeller,
says "You should tell everyone to forget about using a fixed-pitch
propeller on the Falco. It's a whole new airplane with the constant
Watch the July issue of Town and Country for the latest in children's fashions modeled by Sara Scott,
Katherine Scott and friends.
|Look for Irek
Mikolajczyk to fly Pawel Kwiecinski's Falco in the airshow circuit
starting in July. By mistake, Irek recently pulled +7.5 and 4
Gs -- easy boys, the Falco can be broken. Pawel is thinking of
having a second Falco built in Poland by Adam Slodowy and then
flying the plane across the Atlantic. Flap seals and hinge fairings
are now installed and increased the top speed by 5 knots indicated.
Full throttle gets 170 knots indicated, but wheel well doors
and nose gear doors are not yet installed.
Movin' -- Now with full gear doors installed, Jim
DeAngelo decided to see "what'll she do" and clocked
his Falco at 190 knots indicated at 1500 feet, 29"/2600
at 2° C.
|Nigel Moll reports
the turboprop 320 hp SF.260TP indicates 190 knots at 94 percent
power at 7,000 feet. See the April issue of Flying. The
range is about two hours, thanks to the FAA's silly 61-knot stall
Col. Fernando Tellez reports that the Chilean Air
Force Falco now has 50 hours and is being flown with some frequency.
The Falco was grounded for a long time with a cracked exhaust.
|How 'bout those
girls! Did everybody see Sara Scott, Kakee Scott and friends
in the July issue of Town & Country? Aren't they something?
Neat girls, huh? Yeah. Did'ya ever see anything so neat? Wow!
Anything for airplanes. Kevin Walker had already
built a couple of airplanes and was starting on a Christen Eagle
when his company transferred him to New Hampshire. After seeing
Jim DeAngelo's Falco and thinking about New Hampshire weather,
Kevin decided to build a Falco instead. He was in the process
of getting married, and just to make sure there were clear skies
ahead for him, he wanted to make sure his wife-to-be agreed that
he could continue to fool around with airplanes. "That's
fine," she said, "but I have a condition, too -- it's
about this male chauvinistic name business." Please welcome
our latest Falco builder, Kevin Baranski-Walker.
pop-riveted-CAD-CAM!-Prescott Pusher has been sold to an Australian
concern. The demise was blamed by a Prescott spokesman on a variety
of problems, including lack of "government aid and support."
Right. Nothing to do with the merits of the design.
While every homebuilder has a first-flight fantasy,
almost everyone has the good sense to know better. But a Glasair
builder in the San Diego area recently lived out his fanstasy-rolls,
loops, the works, capped off with a 240 mph low pass, slow roll
on the deck, and circle for landing. One of the local homebuilders,
who had witnessed the whole thing, shook the pilot's hand, congratulated
him on a successful first flight, and then decked the idiot --
who is so stupid he can't figure out why the guy hit him.
for woodworkers, Better Homes and Gardens' Wood (Locust
at 17th, Des Moines, Iowa 50336) is directed to the home woodworker.
Kitchen cabinets, simple furniture, tool reviews, first-aid for
dull saber-saw blades, sure-fire cure for wobbly chairs, etc.
Nothing about airplanes. Yet.
Correction: Mr. Frati sends word that he misunderstood
Steve Wilkinson when he said that for the $3 million that Piaggio
spent on Avanti wind tunnel tests, he could pay for the entire
Squalus program-development, two prototypes and all. Mr. Frati
thought Steve had said $13 million. The Squalus engine alone
costs $500,000, there are expensive ejection seats, and Promavia
executives might read the article and wonder if they were overcharged.
come they put it together with chocolate pudding?" asked
Craig Bransfield's young helper, mystified by the resorcinol
glue on the wing spar.
Gary Smith did not properly tend to his domestic
relations when he headed out for the Great Oyster Fly-In in his
truck. Sharon, left behind fuming, called Brenda Avery and said
"When Gary gets there, slap him upside the face for me."
Poor Gary arrived to be greeted by Brenda with "I have a
message for you." Smack. "That was from Sharon!"
So remember, never go the Great Oyster Thing without taking your
lady, and watch out for Brenda if you do.
|After much thought
and study of the Falco brochures, LeRoy Moore had to see the
warehouse of parts before he made the final decision. When he
saw it was all for real, he decided to go ahead with the project.
As he filled out the forms, Martha Moore -- his wife of 46 years-read
the brochure, then suddenly looked up, pointed at the red Falco
on the cover and said "What I am looking at is The Other
Woman, isn't it?"
In a bizarre incident, Guido Zuccoli's Fiat G-59
and Falco kit were nearly lost at the Singapore harbor. The dockworkers
had loaded almost all of the containers on Friday afternoon on
a ship bound for Australia. When they returned on Monday morning,
the ship had listed nearly 90 degrees to one side and was prevented
from sinking by the ship's cranes, which hit the dock. The ship
was loaded with containers of cyanide, which caused a bit of
consternation. The container with the Fiat and Falco were next
to be loaded. They rode out the weekend on level ground and are
now safely in Australia.
|According to Air
& Space magazine, for $7.95 the UFO Abduction & Casualty
Insurance Company of Altamonte Springs, Florida, will sell you
a $10 million policy that provides coverage if you're taken for
an otherworldly joyride. Assuming you return, your benefits include
psychiatric care. Sarcasm protection is limited to immediate
family members. A double-indemnity clause provides $20 million
in the event: a) aliens refuse to practice safe sex, b) encounter
results with offspring being referred to as 'the missing link'
and c) aliens refer to abductee as a nutrional food source. The
frequent flyer exclusion limits benefits to one occurrence per
policyholder. The policy is the creation of Mike St. Lawrence,
who reports that over 2000 clients have signed on, "mostly
from California, as you might expect, but there's a monastery
in Greece with full coverage." St. Lawrence's previous foray
into insurance was the Future Life Insurance Company which offered
a $10 million reincarnation compensation -- $20 million if you
return as a lower life form.
The British CAA magazine Airway reports
the following exchange on the radio at the Aberdeen Airport.
Pilot: "There's a hare on the runway." Tower: "What
do you expect? This is a hareport."