Hall's XP Project
With Don's kind permission, this information was
retrieved off Don's Web site: http://www.donhallwr.com/falcon_xp.htm
February 27, 2003, and I'm getting back into the
flying business. Next week my son Dale and I
are heading north (in his new truck, of course) to
pick up a Falcon XP Experimental. The aircraft
is disassembled and we'll pick it up on a flatbed
trailer (thanks to Terry at Golf
Cars of Middle Georgia), and bring it home.
Below are some pictures the former owner sent me via
email. Keep watch for updates!
The body is composite, and doesn't look too bad. The
engine has been crated for storage, so it'll be a
little easier to haul it home.
The front wheel is retractable
Definitely some work to do here!
The wings and one of the rudders.
Wonder where the other one is?
take a little work, but watch this space for the
4... Dale, Kent and I went to North Georgia and picked up
the XP. Met the nice lady who was selling the aircraft
and loaded the truck and trailer with the fuselage, wings,
canard and some other parts. The trailer was a bit too
narrow, so we had to improvise to bring everything home.
Left about 8:30 in the morning and had it unloaded in the
garage by 9:00 PM. Long day. Of course, after
unloading, I found that we had left a few parts and would
have to make the trip again.
No pictures. Packed up the Rotax 503 engine and
shipped it to South Mississippi Light Aircraft. They
are going to tear it down, inspect and do any repair work
needed and ship it back. Hopefully in about a week.
When it gets back, I'll install it in the Falcon and at
least I'll be able to taxi around the house. Also, I
contacted the management at Air Park and contracted for a
hanger there beginning April. So the XP will have a
permanent home soon.Heading back to north Georgia this
weekend to pick up the wing braces we managed to leave when
we picked up the
Good and Bad.
Picked up the wing braces last week and they are in good
shape. The engine, however, is not in such good
shape. Ronnie (at South Mississippi) disassembled the
Rotax and found it had a 'marginal' crankshaft. That,
coupled with after-market pistons and a few other 'marginal'
things, led to a decision to search for either a new or
'newer' engine. 'Marginal' doesn't interest me when
I'm at 10,000 feet. The Rotax was an older model with single
ignition and points, so it really wasn't that hard a
decision to make.
Ordered a new engine from South
Mississippi Light Aircraft today. Checked out a
used one locally (another marginal), and talked to Ronnie
about good used engines. Seems there's not a whole lot
of difference in the cost of a good used engine and a new
one. Moving the bird to Airpark (T-hangar) the first
or second week in April, so I should have a few pics to show
The new 503 Rotax from South Mississippi Light Aircraft
arrived last Friday. The Cherry Blossom Fly-In was
this weekend, so I didn't have time to work on the bird.
Ordered a new airspeed indicator and altimeter from Aircraft
Spruce. The ones in the panel were inop and Lowe Aviation seemed to think that 'new' would probably be
cheaper than 'repair'. Good people there.
Packing up the XP and taking it to a local shop to have
tarps made for the wings next week. I understand that
sunlight is not beneficial to fabric life.
Thanks to Dale (www.
wolfpack-racing.com) for loaning me his trailer to move
the bird. Those wings are 16' long (each one) and just
don't seem to fit in a small pick-up. Also ordered a
set of wheel pants from Falcon
East. All the parts are beginning to come