Falconar F12A Cruiser

The Falconar F12A Cruiser is a Canadian amateur-built aircraft, designed by Chris Falconar and originally produced as a kit by Falconar Avia. The aircraft is now supplied as plans for amateur construction by Manna Aviation.[1][2][3][4]

F12A Cruiser
Role Amateur-built aircraft
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Falconar Avia
Manna Aviation
Designer Chris Falconar
Status Plan available (2019)
Number built 20 (2011)
Unit cost
US$14,986 (kit only, 2011)
Developed from Falconar F11 Sporty

Design and development

The F12A is a development of the Falconar F11 Sporty, which is, in turn, a variant of the Jodel D11. Falconar indicates that it incorporates a larger cockpit, simplified fittings, shoulder harnesses and aerodynamic improvements to improve stall characteristics over the Jodel design.[5]

Hans Teijgeler of Jodel.com says that the F12A varies from the D11 by using a new wing design, with new simplified spar and rib design and the dihedral point moved inboard, allowing the outer portion to fold for ground transport or storage, but at the cost of added weight, plus the option of a third seat. Teijgeler describes the wing as "less efficient". Teijgeler also notes that the F12 uses much larger and heavier engines with higher fuel consumption. Teijgeler says of the Falconar F12, "the Falconar 'Jodel' should not be looked upon as a Jodel, but as a Falconar. This is [n]either good or bad. Just a fact to take into account"[6]

The F12A features a cantilever low-wing, two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration, with an optional third seat, an enclosed cockpit that is 44 in (112 cm) wide, fixed conventional landing gear, or optionally tricycle landing gear, and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1]

The aircraft is made from wood, with its flying surfaces covered in doped aircraft fabric. Its 28 ft (8.5 m) span wing has an area of 140 sq ft (13 m2) and optionally can mount flaps. The aircraft's recommended engine power is 150 to 180 hp (112 to 134 kW) and engines that have been used include the 150 hp (112 kW) Lycoming O-320 and the 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 four-stroke powerplants. Construction time from the supplied kit is 1200 hours.[1][2]

Operational history

By November 2012, six examples were registered in its home country with Transport Canada, one in the United States with the Federal Aviation Administration and two with the CAA in the United Kingdom.[7][8][9]

Specifications (F12A)

Data from Kitplanes and Purdy[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one or two passengers
  • Length: 24 ft (7.3 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
  • Wing area: 140 sq ft (13 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,170 lb (531 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,800 lb (816 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 44 U.S. gallons (170 L; 37 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 180 hp (130 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed metal


  • Cruise speed: 150 mph (240 km/h, 130 kn)
  • Stall speed: 51 mph (82 km/h, 44 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 185 mph (298 km/h, 161 kn)
  • Range: 615 mi (990 km, 534 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 1,200 ft/min (6.1 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 12.9 lb/sq ft (63 kg/m2)


  1. Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 52. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 156. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  3. Falconar Avia (30 June 2019). "Notification of Closure". falconaravia.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  4. Manna Aviation (2019). "Falconar F12A Plans". mannaaviation.com. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  5. Falconar Avia (1 July 2012). "F Series". Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  6. Jodel.com (n.d.). "Falconar Jodels". Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  7. Federal Aviation Administration (10 November 2012). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  8. Transport Canada (10 November 2012). "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  9. Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom) (10 November 2012). "GINFO Search Results Summary". Retrieved 10 November 2012.
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