About Chris Falconar, Dipl. AeEng., AME M&S, EAA 2083 Designee 266
Falconar’s first encounter with the Flying Flea was
seeing a HM14 at the popular Eaton’s department store in
After High School in the
Chris Falconar went to
In 1956 he left
Spartan and went to
Indeed EAA Capter 30 was established in
He pursued more
studies in aircraft maintenance and earned a coveted Category B which
authorized him to sign out aircraft after a major repair, modification and
manufacture. He established Falconar
Aircraft Ltd. Which did mostly aircraft maintenance, mod design and
installations. Always interested in
small aircraft, Georges Jacquenin got him sales
rights to the Mignet Flying Fleas. In 1958 he flew to the EAA convention at
During the 60’s, Falconar Aircraft Ltd. sold many plans, kits and supplies for Fleas and other amateur built aircraft. In 193, the Little Demon (VW) engine was developed to the specifications of the Indonesian government. They used it in a little 2-seat tandem aircraft. Since then a number of engines were built and his book “Propeller conversions for VW Engines” sold many copies.
In 1966 Chris Falconar’s close friend Jack Johnson built and flew the
first Flea in the
He developed the remarkable HIPEC® coating system. He had Lincoln Cloth approved (Canadian counterpart of Ceconite). Falconar Aircraft was sold in 1971 to pay off debts and raise his boys. Chris still worked for it designing the SAL 2/3 Mustang fighter replica.
He left the company
in 1973 and free-lanced with his AME license.
He brought up his boys, got involved in community, Boy Scouts, kids
hockey, skiing, real estate and some travel.
He rebuilt an Ercoupe, designed folding wings
for it and flew it to
Plans and kits for the Flying Fleas are being upgraded with the use of Delrin bearings and the HIPEC® finishing system for fabric covering. The HIPEC® secures fabric to structure without laborious, ugly rib stitching and taping. Chris Falconar directed the $30,000 program to prove the system.
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