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Frequently asked questions on transporting and storing Falcons
I have found the following to be the most cost effective: Make arrangements through a truck rental company for a one-way trip in a small truck, preferably a 14 footer. I suggest 14 foot because they cost far less and you can let the wings stick out the back. A small diesel is best on your wallet. Be sure you include a dozen moving blankets as well. Then find a cheap one way commercial flight to your destination. Be sure to take along some tie down rope, red flags and two pair of vise grip pliers. You need those to secure the rolling door to prevent it from shearing your wings like a guillotine. Thatís the cheapest and simplest, unless you plan to own a trailer and store the airplane on it or in it. You will have to compare costs with option 3.
You may want to look into my previous option and have someone give you a ride to the destination rather than taking a commercial flight. If you can rent or borrow someoneís flat bed trailer, thatís fine, but be careful, as most flat beds are very stiff riding and you need to be able to tie down all items without causing damage. Maybe with lots of foam. Boat trailers do not work well unless you do major modifications by installing a plywood deck or special holders. Here's a link to Don Hall's recent trip, using a lawn service trailer with a few little mods.
You have a couple of options here:
Modify a boat trailer and leave it open. Start with a decently large boat trailer, lengthen the tongue if necessary and install a rack as per pictures further down and a plywood deck. You can go a step further and install a light frame over the top so you can throw a tarp over it and keep the weather out. A good idea since bright sunlight is the Falcons only enemy.
Another extension of the same idea is to provide a plywood enclosure.
The best open trailer was offered by the factory specifically for the Falcons. It had frame work as shown on the plans with a wood plank deck and a single axle with 15" car size wheels.
You can go all the way with enclosed trailers. However most of those are very costly and ride hard because they are made for heavier loads. Falcon factory had offered a perfect one.
UV exposure is the Falconís biggest enemy. The Tedlar will withstand it but not the glue in the tapes. They need to be protected. The factory has issued a bulletin advising all owners to protect theses areas with reflective mylar tape. Most any reflective tape will work. ( we offer it, see " parts, supplies/ covering materials ). Itís important to do the bottom surfaces too, since a considerable amount of radiation bounces back from the ground. Next step is to make an inexpensive wing cover out of Poly tarp material. A 16 x 20 silver or white tarp, the UV treated kind, cut diagonally will work fine. A seam sewn at the edge, some grommets and bungies will complete the project. I also suggest making a cover over the windshield out of vinyl with the fuzzy back, held in place with some velcro and bungies.
It is best though to find some indoor storage over long winter months.