I bought a completed, but crashed one, back in the early 1980's and only ever saw just one at AirVenture in the mid to late 80's, I believe. Originally, it was configured as a flying wing type ultralight, then, reconfigured with a tail section. I thought it was a nice composite ultralight, especially after it had the tail added to the design for stability. I liked it because of the composite construction and it was trailerable as well. It was available as a kit and it didn't appear that you'd have to spend that much time to build it, such as you would on a conventional composite kit plane.
My intention when I bought it, obviously, was to repair it back to an airworthy state. However, back then, I was new to EAA and didn't know that much about composite construction techniques. After attending any and all forums at Oshkosh concerning composites and fabric covering for about 2 years and buying several books about composites, I decided not to risk flying it since I couldn't be 100% sure of the original owner's construction skills. Especially since I was basing that assumption on his piloting skills. You see, as I was told the tale of woe from the person I bought it from, (not the original builder) he, the original builder, never took any kind of flight instruction. So, when he took it out the first time, he didn't even taxi test it, nothing, nada, just hit the gas and head down the runway (a dirt road on private property with an embankment at the end ---Uh oh!). Not knowing how much of a take-off roll he'd need, he ran out of runway, pulled back on the stick and stalled it at about 10ft. AGL! Oops, crunch, it came back to earth smashing the main gear and otherwise, causing relatively minor cosmetic damage to the cockpit structure. How many times have we heard, always, always get instruction for any aircraft!!! Apparently, this guy never got that memo. Go figure?!
What can I say? I only spent a 100 bucks for the thing and all told, it was a very good learning experience for me to absorb quite a lot about composite aircraft construction. That's why, to this day, I'm a big fan of all the composite planes that are out there. Still though, I haven't seen a composite ultralight kit since the F.L.A.C. from S.A.C.
So, whatever happened to Ken Striplin and his unique ultralight kits? Is he still around? If so, does he still have the design info for the F.L.A.C.? I'd just like to know. Or, I'd like to hear anybody else's story if they built or owned this little bird.