Falconar Avia

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Falconar Avia
Type Privately held company
Industry Aerospace
Predecessor(s) Falconar Aviation Ltd (1960s), Falconar Aviation Ltd (1985)
Founded 1960s
Founder(s) Chris Falconar
Headquarters Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Products Aircraft parts, kits and plans, Aircraft fabric covering
Employees two
Website falconaravia.com

Falconar Avia is a Canadian aircraft manufacturer based in Edmonton, Alberta. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of kits and plans for amateur construction.[1][2]

Founded in the 1960s by aeronautical engineer Chris Falconar, the company created a new aircraft fabric process called Hipec. The company also acquired a large list of aircraft designs that were either orphaned, like the Fauvel AV.36 glider or long out of production and added their own designs to the line. The company provides plans and kits for all their designs as well as parts and modification kits for other aircraft, including the Ercoupe.[1][2][3][4]

In 1963 Falconar partnered with designer Marcel Jurca to produce the Jurca Gnatsum. By 1967, Falconar recommended a large number of changes to the design, which resulted in Jurca leaving the project. The modified aircraft was developed as the Falconar SAL Mustang, first flown in 1971 after significant cost overruns. Falconar Aircraft Ltd was sold to George F. Chivers and other investors and operated as Sturgeon Air Ltd with Falconar as an employee until 1973.[5]

In 1985 Falconar established a new Falconar Aviation Ltd. with the assets of A & B Sales and the rights to many Jurca plans. Falconar also carried on operations as president of Hirth engines during this time. In 1994 the company was dissolved following legal disputes and was reestablished in its current form as Falconar Avia Inc. in 1995.[6]

Aircraft[edit]

Summary of aircraft built by Falconar Avia
Model name First flight Number built Type
Fauvel AV.36 31 December 1951 Glider
Fauvel AV.361 1960 Glider
Fauvel AV.362 Glider
Falconar AMF-14H Maranda 1 (2011) Light aircraft
Falconar AMF-S14 Super Maranda 1961 95 (2011) Light aircraft
Falconar Cubmajor Light aircraft
Falconar Majorette Light aircraft
Falconar F9A 1965 30 (1998) Light aircraft based on the Jodel D9
Falconar F10A Light aircraft based on the Jodel D9
Falconar F11 Sporty 101 (2011) Light aircraft based on the Jodel D11
Falconar F12A Cruiser 20 (2011) Light aircraft based on the Jodel D11
Falconar Golden Hawk 1983 4 (2001) Light aircraft based on the American Aerolights Falcon
HM.290 Flying Flea Light aircraft designed by Henri Mignet
HM.293 Flying Flea Light aircraft designed by Henri Mignet
HM.360 Flying Flea Light aircraft designed by Henri Mignet
HM.380 Flying Flea Light aircraft designed by Henri Mignet
Falconar Minihawk 1 (1998) light aircraft
Falconar SAL Mustang 1969 18 (2012) P-51 Mustang 2/3 scale replica
Falconar Teal December 1967 amphibious light aircraft
Druine Turbi circa 1953 light aircraft
Falconar Master X models only Twin engined light aircraft under development

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 153-157, 307. BAI Communications, 15 July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  2. ^ a b Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 52. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ Hunt, Adam & Ruth Merkis-Hunt: Finishing With Hipec, Kitplanes June 2001 pages 70-74. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. ^ Falconar Avia (28 March 2010). "Hipec Finishing System". Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "A Chip off the old blockbuster". Air Progress. November 1971. 
  6. ^ "Falconar History". Retrieved 11 January 2014. [not in citation given]

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