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Wills Wing Falcon 3 Tandem

Announcing the Falcon 3 Tandem!

Wills Wing is happy to announce the release of the Falcon 3 Tandem. Like the other sizes of the Falcon 3, the Falcon 3 Tandem features a nose cone, an improved sail cut and cleaner sail, and a new washout tube configuration that supports both the number two and three battens via a carbon transverse batten, and allows for a reduced bridle line count (3 per side instead of 4). Unlike the Falcon 3 145, 170 and 195, the Falcon 3 Tandem does not feature a short pack airframe - the minimum pack length for shipping or transport for the Falcon 3 Tandem remains 156 inches. The pilot weight range, and the price for the Falcon 3 Tandem remain unchanged. All Falcon Tandem orders are now being produced in the Falcon 3 Tandem configuration.

The Falcon 3 Tandem has been designed and developed specifically for tandem instructional use in a training environment. It features newly developed and especially robust control bar hardware, along with a stronger, stiffer airframe. The wider control bar more comfortably accommodates the instructor and student. All full chord length cambered battens are of durable 7075-T6. All battens inboard of the tip battens have the new lever type rear tips. The sail features a full leading edge length mylar pocket and a heavy duty trailing edge. The airframe and sail design combine to produce a glider with exceptional load carrying capacity, that slows down extremely well and retains excellent handling qualities across a hook in weight range from 185 lbs to 500 lbs. Landings are easy, with relatively light flare pressures, even in light winds.

Professional tandem instructors who have tried the Falcon 3 Tandem agree that it offers the best all around handling qualities and the best landing characteristics of any tandem glider available. The control feel and response remains consistent across the very broad weight range, providing students with the opportunity to gain real flight experience and build skills that will transfer over to their solo flights.

Under development for the Falcon 3 Tandem is a heavy-duty castering wheel set with tail wheel for aero-tow launching and landing.

USHPA Rating for Tandem Flight - USHPA Tandem Rating
USHPA Rating for Solo Flight - USHPA Novice Rating
 
Pilot Comment:
Mark Frutiger
9/10/2009
Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking the maiden flights with Mark Dowsett's new tandem glider. Linda and I went first. We pinned off at 1200' and soon made it to the clouds. I had another half dozen flights with it, all excellent.

It is without a doubt the sweetest tandem glider I have ever flown. Easy to tow, easy to turn, easy to land.

In fact, I'm headed back to Canada this weekend to do some more tandems with it.


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Specifications:

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Specification Falcon 3 Tandem
Area (ft^2) 228
Span (ft) 35.8
Aspect Ratio 5.6
Glider Weight (lbs) 71
Hook-In Weight (lbs) 185-500
Optimum Body Weight (lbs) 220-450
USHPA Rating 2
Vne (mph) 50
Va (mph) 43
Vms (mph) 16
Vd (mph) 35
Length (in bag) (in) 253
Break-down (in) 156
HGMA Cert. 4/20/2009
Sugg. Retail $4275.00

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Note: Retail prices listed are Wills Wing's suggested retail prices not including packaging for shipment from the factory, freight costs to the destination, import and local taxes, and dealer preparation and delivery charges. For safety reasons, any products shown that require any particular expertise to install or use safely must be purchased through, and personally delivered to the end user by an authorized Wills Wing Dealer. Retail prices listed for gliders are applicable to gliders selected for purchase from the web site inventory glider list. For any glider not selected from the inventory list, at a minimum, a charge of $150 for customer selection of colors will apply, (except for the T2C where customer color choice is included in the price), in addition to any applicable upgrade charges for extra cost options selected. Inventory gliders are created in the process of balancing sail cloth inventory and selling used demo gliders or gliders resulting from cancelled orders. Inventory gliders may not always be available in all models and sizes.

Note: Wills Wing authorized dealers are independent business entities, are not employees or agents of Wills Wing, do not directly represent Wills Wing, and are not authorized to enter into contracts, agreements, or commitments on behalf of Wills Wing. Although Wills Wing safety policies require that certain items be purchased from an authorized Wills Wing dealer, those policies do not require that an order be placed with any specific Wills Wing dealer, and any such order that is placed with a Wills Wing dealer is considered by Wills Wing to be an agreement entirely between the dealer and the customer. Although Wills Wing policies state certain expectations of authorized dealers, Wills Wing does not evaluate dealers with respect to either their ability to meet or the degree to which they customarily meet such expectations. Customers are encouraged to conduct all appropriate due diligence in evaluating any authorized Wills Wing dealer with whom they plan to do business.


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Features:
Refined planform and sail cut for increased load capacity
The stiffest leading edges that we've ever incorporated in a production airframe
Heavy duty control bar fittings and keel interface bracket,exclusively for the Tandem
Super strong50 / 52mm 7075 Keel
1.25 x .095control bar downtubes (25% stronger than AT68)
1.25 x .095 control bar basetube (70% stronger than standard)
8 in widerthan AT68 basetube
240 MT Square trailing edge fabric
7075 - T6 Pre-formed Battens
Lever Rear Batten Tips
Full Leading Edge Pocket (Dacron) and Mylar Insert
Streamlined Kingpost
Spare Parts Kit, Team Hat, Bumper sticker
Comprehensive Owner / Service Manual and Batten Diagram

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Options:
Description Part # Retail
Custom Sail Patterns - Quoted on Request  
CUSTOMER COLOR CHOICE 01A-A1   $150.00
COLORED #2, #3 OR #4 PANEL 01A-A6   $75.00
Finsterwalder Wheel for 1.25" Bar (need 2) 70M-1026   $51.00

Some options may be incompatible with others. See your Wills Wing dealer for details.

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