The F.8L Falco

The aircraft was designed by the renowned Italian designer Stelio Frati in 1955, and originally built in Italy by Aviamilano then Aeromere and later Laverda.


The design was adopted in the US in the 1980s and converted to kit form and was sold in kit or plans form for amateur construction by the Sequoia Aircraft Company of Richmond, Virginia until 2014 which closed its doors late 2014 but still continues to operate its website.


The aircraft is single-engined, propeller driven and designed for private and general aviation.


With a good turn of speed, the Falco is widely considered to be one of the best handling, strongest, and most aesthetically pleasing designs ever made available to home builders.


The Sequoia Falco F8L is constructed of spruce and typically Finnish birch plywood. The structure is built from laminated spruce bulkheads and the birch plywood is used for the skin. The plywood is often softened with hot steam, formed over the various structures and glued in place. The aircraft is rated for 6g positive and 3g negative.


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Sequoia Falco F.8L Airplane
Neil Aitkenhead's Beautiful Falco in Australia
Length 21' 9"
Height
7' 6"
Wing span 26' 3"
Aspect ratio 6.4
Wing area 107.5 sq ft
Airfoil, wing root 642212-1/2
Airfoil, wing tip 642210
Airfoil, tail group 65009
Dihedral
Wing washout
 
Falco F.8L Airplane
Download
Old German Falco Brochure
How it used to be back in the beginning when the Falco was commercially produced.
FALCO Brochure .pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 6.9 MB
F.8L Falco Airplane
Falcos rolling off the production line
Falco F.8L Airplane
A busy Falco factory
Download
Cafe report on Larry Black's Falco
Several years ago EAA published a CAFE report into the handling and performance of the Falco.
Cafe.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.7 MB
Download
Sequoia Falco Marketing Brochure
Falco Brochure.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.0 MB
Engine
160 hp Lycoming
IO-320-B1A
180 hp Lycoming
IO-360-B1E
TBO
 2,000 hrs  2,000 hrs
Propeller
Hartzell 2-blade,
constant-speed
Hartzell 2-blade,
constant-speed
Seats
2 2
Gross weight,
  Normal and Utility
1,880 lbs
1,880 lbs
Max aerobatic weight
1,650 lbs
1,650 lbs
Empty weight,equipped
1,212 lbs
1,212 lbs
Useful load,
  Normal & Utility
668 lbs
660 lbs
Useful load,
  Aerobatic
438 lbs
430 lbs
Payload with full fuel
428 lbs
420 lbs
Wing loading
17.5 lbs/sq ft
17.5 lbs/sq ft
Power loading,
  Normal & Utility
11.7 lbs/hp
10.4 lbs/hp
Power loading,
  Aerobatic
10.3 lbs/hp
9.2 lbs/hp
Fuel capacity (all usable)
40 U.S. gals
40 U.S. gals
   with inverted tank
43 U.S. gals
43 U.S. gals
Baggage
90 lbs
90 lbs
Rate of climb
1,140 fpm
1,500 fpm
Best rate-of-climb speed
104 mph
104 mph
Climb gradient
662 ft/sm
872 ft/sm
Service ceiling
19,000 ft
19,000 ft
Maximum speed
212 mph
220 mph
Never-exceed speed
240 mph
240 mph
Cruise 75% power at 6000 ft
190 mph
198 mph
Fuel flow at 75% power
8.5 gph 
9.6 gph
Endurance at 75% power
4.4 hrs
3.9 hrs
Range, economy cruise
1,000 sm
920 sm
Stall speed, clean
75 mph
75 mph
Stall speed, flaps/gear down
62 mph
62 mph
Turbulent-air penetration speed
140 mph
140 mph
Take-off run
570 ft
530 ft
  to clear 50 ft
1,150 ft
1,020 ft
Landing run
750 ft
750 ft
  to clear 50 ft
1,150 ft
1,150 ft
Download
1955 Falco article
An article describing Falco in the early days.
oldfalcoarticle1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 792.3 KB
Falco F.8L Airplane
Spar Testing of the Falco
Falco F.8L Airplane
This factory photo could easily be a home builder's
Larry Black Falco Airplane

Some Falco Prototype photos