2011 News Summary

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11/21/11
Wills Wing Glider Tool Kit Available
Wills Wing now offers a tool kit containing the tools required to perform many service operations on Wills Wing gliders. The kit comes in a handy roll up pouch, with a pocket for each tool.

The kits contains the following:

ID Description Retail Price
70L-1500 Glider Tool Kit: 1 Combo Screwdriver with 4 bits, 1 Large Phillips screwdriver bit,1 Combination Wrench 1/2 inch,2 Combination Wrench 7/16 inch,1 Combination Wrench 3/8 inch,1 Combination Wrench 5/16 inch,1 Combination Wrench 1/4 inch,1 Sidewire bushing removal tool,1 Hex wrench 3/16 (Streamlined wheels kit),1 Hex wrench 5/32 (Falcon LE tip plug),1 Hex wrench 5/64 (T2/T2C Crescent) $36.00

The sidewire bushing tool (only) is also available as a separate item:

ID Description Retail Price
70L-1561 Sidewire bushing removal tool $2.40
Wills Wing Glider Tool Kit
Wills Wing Glider Tool Kit

11/14/11
Wills Wing on Tech Toys 360
Wills Wing will be on the episode of TECH TOYS 360 airing Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 8:30 PM on Discovery Velocity. Please spread the word!

They will also release a short segment promo in the week prior to the airdate (not up yet as of 11/14/11). It will be uploaded onto YouTube and posted on Twitter (@TechToys360), Facebook (Facebook.com/TechToys360), and TechToys360.com.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TechToys360
http://techtoys360.com/category/episodes – Episode 8
http://velocity.tv/ – Find Velocity on your TV provider

10/21/11
Wills Wing 2012 Wallaby Ranch Demo Days & Fly-In
Our Wallaby Ranch 2012 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Wednesday, April 4th, through Saturday April 7th, with our traditional party and dinner on Saturday night.

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Please come and join us for our Annual Wills Wing Fly-In and Party at Wallaby Ranch, Davenport, Florida, (www.wallaby.com) .

This year Ryan Voight will again be hosting one of his very highly regarded landing clinics on Thursday and Friday, April 5th and 6th. The clinic will include video and analysis of your landings and is free, other than the cost of your tows. Participants can get a reduced rate on tows during the clinic by pre-registering – just send an email with your name and “Landing Clinic” in the subject line to mike@www.willswing.com. (You should plan to provide your own glider for the landing clinic – availability of demo gliders will be limited.)

Also on the schedule for this year, Seth Warren will be showing his new hang gliding film – if you’ve seen Seth’s films before, you know you won’t want to miss this!

We hope to see you at Wallaby in 2012!

09/24/11
Wills Wing Pilots Sweep Santa Cruz Flats 2011
This year’s Santa Cruz Flats Race in Arizona, September 18-24, was a great contest with challenging conditions, from weak, blue days to full-blown task-cancelling gust fronts. Jeff O’Brien took first place, with Dustin Martin close behind and Mitch Shipley coming in third. Those three and 5th-place finisher James Stinnett were all flying Wills Wing T2C 144 hang gliders. Joe Bostik and Chris Zimmerman took 9th and 10th place flying T2C 154’s, giving Wills Wing six of the top ten places. The overall results show how the lead changed over time, and there’s more info in the official blog, Dustin’s WW blog, and Jeff’s WW blog.

# Id Name Nat Glider Total
1 28 Jeff Obrien USA WW T2C 144 4247
2 44 Dustin Martin USA WW T2C 144 4158
3 23 Mitch Shipley USA WW T2C 144 3713
4 45 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 3584
5 47 James Stinnett USA WW T2C 144 3579
6 29 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RS4 3552
7 6 Glen Volk USA Moyes RS3.5 3484
8 30 Brett Hazlett CAN Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 3204
9 46 Josef Bostik USA WW T2C 154 3151
10 8 Chris Zimmerman USA WW T2C 154 3089

Great flying guys!

Santa Cruz Flats 2011 Winners Mitch Shipley (3rd), Dustin Martin (2nd), and Jeff O'Brien (1st).
Santa Cruz Flats 2011 Winners Mitch Shipley (3rd), Dustin Martin (2nd), and Jeff O’Brien (1st).

08/25/11
Hang Loop Recall – Recent Sport 2 and U2 Gliders
A customer recently discovered greatly accelerated wear on a hang loop where the loop attaches to the tang which is bolted to the kingpost on a U2 145. Current production models that use this type of hang loop are all U2’s and all Sport 2’s. Recently manufactured replacement hang loops for other models using a kingpost hang system are also affected by this inspection – recall notice. We do not know the exact time period to which the recall applies, but we know at least one defective loop was produced as early as March of 2011, so we recommend inspections of all loops made up to 6 months prior to that.

Please see TB20110825R – Hang Loop Inspection – Recall – Kingpost Hang Models (Note: Tech Bulletin REVISED 4/13/2012)) for instructions.

This Technical Bulletin does not apply to Falcon 3 or T2/T2C gliders.

08/23/11
Zac Majors Wins 2011 Big Spring US Nationals with a T2C 144
Wills Wing T2C 144 pilot Zac Majors has won the 2011 Big Spring US Nationals for the second year in a row, edging out Davis Straub and his T2C 144. WW pilots took eight of the top ten places in the meet – Larry Bunner, Chris Zimmerman, Mitch Shipley, and Josef Bostik (with a T2C 154) earned 4th through 7th place. Mark Bolt took 9th with a T2 144 and previous Rigid Wing champ Bruce Barmakian, flying a T2C 144, garnered 10th place.

Excellent flying, guys!
07/14/11
Dave Gibson Wins at Chelan Classic with T2C
T2C pilot Dave Gibson has won the Topless Class in the 2011 Chelan Classic hang gliding competition.
Congratulations Dave!

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07/11/11
Wills Wing T2’s Sweep Finnish Nationals

Vesa Lappalainen reports that pilots flying Wills Wing T2’s have won the first four places in the 2011 Finnish HG Nationals, with a T2 pilot winning each of the seven days of competition.

2011 Finnish HG Nationals
Final Results

Place Pilot Glider Total
1 Pasi Hynynen Wills Wing T2 144 2853
2 Ville Räikkönen Wills Wing T2 144 2742
3 Vesa Lappalainen Wills Wing T2 144 2371
4 Kari Vuoppola Wills Wing T2C 144 1923

06/08/11
New Sail Repair Tape
We have found a source for sail repair tape which reportedly has very good adhesion to sail cloth:

Tenacious Tape™ Clean Tape™

This tape comes in 3″ x 20″ rolls (60 sq. in.) in the following colors:

  • Clear
  • Dark Brown
  • Orange
  • Dark Blue
  • Sage Green
  • Platinum White
    We don’t stock this tape at WW, but you can purchase it from a number of sources including REI, Liberty Mountain Sports, Peregrine, Adventure 16 and other outdoor sports suppliers.

06/06/11
Black Anodized Slipstream 2 Downtubes Are Back

Black downtubes are back.

Due to popular demand, we again have the black anodized Slipstream2 downtubes in stock in the 65 and 68 sizes (T2/T2C 144 and 154). Again, they are not available as an option on a new glider order, only as replacement parts, and only while supplies last – there is no guarantee of future availability.

ID Description Retail Price
40G-1446B SLIPSTREAM 2 LEG 68 W/O BRKTS-ANODIZED BLACK $114
40G-1459B SLIPSTREAM 2 LEG 65 W/O BRKTS-ANODIZED BLACK $114

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05/31/11
Wills Wing Demo Days
We’ve got Demo Days coming up at the end of June and start of July. We’ll be in Salt Lake City June 25-27 and at Lookout Mountain July 1-4. Come on out and try the latest Wills Wing hang gliders!

05/30/11
Chris Zimmerman Wins Texas Single Surface Shootout
Congratulations to Chris Zimmerman for winning the 2011 Texas Single Surface Shootout on a 195 Attack Falcon.

Good Results at Bassano
Luis Rizo reports:

I just have arrived from Bassano [26 April, 2011]. We had a great competition with excellent weather, flying 5 days out of 5!

I had great time flying with my new T2C in a very demanding high level competition here in Bassano. I enjoyed very much the improvements of the 2011 glider, It is definitively nicer in climb than last year’s version and it’s glide is just fantastic. The new finishing of the glider are also great, congratulations!

We had three T2C’s in the top 10:

3rd Robert Reisinger WW T2C
4th Michael Friesenbicher WW T2C
6th Luis Rizo-Salom WW T2C

5/04/11
Higher Than Eagles – Book by Maralys Wills and Chris Wills

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Higher Than Eagles by Maralys Wills and Chris Wills

Higher Than Eagles is the story of the Wills family and in particular of oldest son Bobby, who, with his brother Chris in 1973, co-founded the hang gliding company that would become Wills Wing. It is a deeply intimate portrait, at times almost painful to read, but in the end a fascinating and compelling story.

Books
Part # Description: Retail
70H-1504 HIGHER THAN EAGLES $19.95

04/28/11
Black Anodized Slipstream 2 Downtubes – Limited Availability

Get That “Carbon Look” at a fraction of the price!

We have a very limited supply of Black Anodized Slipstream 2 downtubes available. (Note – ONLY Slipstream 2 – for T2 and T2C – are available in black, and only while they last.) The price is slightly more than the regular Slipstream 2 downtubes . Contact your dealer to order.

04/24/11
Wills Wing T2/T2C pilots 1st and 2nd at Andradas 2011 in Brazil

Wills Wing T2/T2C pilots finished first and second at Andradas in Brazil last week, with strong finishes by several others.

Nene Rotor writes:

After many months battling against bruises that I had, first in the achilles tendon and then in the shoulder, I finally managed to return to the competitions and last week I won the Brazilian Championship and the State in Andradas. I would like to thank the glider that you manufacture. Really is flying very well!
Eduardo Oliveira writes:

Here are the results from Andradas Open, second round of Brasilian Nationals, we flew last week (Easter). Conditions were great, we had over 100km triangle tasks and a lot of fun!
Campeonato Brasileiro de Asa Delta Etapa Regional 2011

2011-04-21 to 2011-04-24

Resultado Open 4 Provas – Total results (Provisional)

Task Date Distance Type
T1 Prova 1 2011-04-21 12:00 124 9 km Race to Goal with 3 start gates
T2 Prova 2 2011-04-22 12:00 109 7 km Race to Goal with 3 start gates
T3 Prova 3 2011-04-23 12:00 110 9 km Race to Goal with 3 start gates
T4 Prova 4 2011-04-24 12:15 65 3 km Race to Goal with 3 start gates
# ID NAME NAT GLIDER SPONSOR T 1 T 2 T 3 T 4 TOTAL
1 16 Alvaro Figueiredo Sandoli (Nene Rotor) M BRA Wills Wing T2C144 WillsWing/Rotor 952 965 963 905 3785
2 3 Eduardo Oliveira M BRA Wills Wing T2 Corinthians / Dust Devil 958 922 993 824 3697
3 17 Carlos Niemeyer M BRA Aeros Combat L 919 960 807 1000 3686
4 25 Ari Belandrino Fossa M BRA Moyes LS RS4 Dust Devi l 977 908 815 942 3642
5 1 Andre Wolf M BRA Moyes Litespeed 4 (Elite ) Ondas do Ar 1000 999 853 584 3436
6 11 Rafael Mello M BRA Aeros Combat L 612 905 980 887 3384
7 8 Marcio Rosadas M BRA Litespeed RS 3.5 Ondas do Arr 944 935 761 596 3236
8 195 Rodrigo Gerundo M BRA Aeros 609 891 865 747 3112
9 6 Glauco Pinto M BRA Wills Wing T2C Ford Caminhões 872 857 805 569 3103
10 15 David Brito Filho M BRA Wills Wing T2C Corinthians / Oakley 902 950 273 920 3045
10 5 Michel Louzada M BRA Wills Wing T2C 144 Corinthians/Cellep/Rotor/Telea 968 954 962 161 3045

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03/21/11
Robertson Charts of Reliability DVD Now Available

Michael Robertson of High Perspective writes:

We are delighted to announce that our Risk Management DVD is now available. The DVD is a companion to the revised 55 page “The Art of Skysailing – Risk Management Notebook for HG and PG”.

The DVD is nearly 4 hours long and covers the three core lectures: The Wondrous Wind (Macro/Micrometeorology & Site Selection), The Wing, and The Windividual (Personal Variables) – It also includes almost 25 minutes of bonus material. This is an excellent resource for students, tool for instructors and good judgment review for all pilots. It is easy to navigate with over 80 chapter points.

The Charts of Reliability (©1979) break down each of the wind/site and personal considerations into twenty-line charts. Students are then lead to score each line and get an average. This turns a fairly complex qualitative decision (about the reliability of the day for flying) into a quite simple quantitative one. After reviewing it, Mike Meier of Wills Wing said he was happy to recommend the DVD/Notebook saying, “Decision making is not part of the game, it’s the whole game!”

The price is $55. Schools may order multiple copies at regular commercial discounts. To purchase single copies please go to http://www.flyhigh.com/reliability.html. For multiple copies please write or call.

Michael Robertson
High Perspective Inc. Tel: 905 294 2536 Email: info@flyhigh.com

03/18/11
T2/T2C 24:1 VG System Conversion
The easy-to-pull T2/T2C VG just got even easier!

A new 24:1 VG reduction system is now standard on the T2/T2C, consisting of a new 3:1 system in the VG Leg (downtube) and the existing 8:1 system at the keel. Previously, the T2/T2C had a 2:1 system in the downtube, for a 16:1 reduction overall.

Upgrading an existing 2:1 leg to the new 3:1 system is relatively easy and we have a Retro Kit available for purchase through your Wills Wing dealer.

03/17/11
Wallaby is Next Week! Landing Clinic Reminder
Just a reminder – the Wills Wing Wallaby 2011 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held next week – Wednesday, March 23rd through Sunday March 27th, with our traditional party and dinner on Saturday night March 26th.

As previously announced, this year Ryan Voight will be hosting one of his very highly regarded landing clinics on Thursday and Friday, March 24th and 25th. The clinic will include video and analysis of your landings and is free, other than the cost of your tows. Participants can get a reduced rate on tows during the clinic by pre-registering – just send an email with your name and “Landing Clinic” in the subject line to mike@www.willswing.com. (You should plan to provide your own glider for the landing clinic – availability of demo gliders will be limited.)

The clinic will start each day with a pilot’s meeting at 7:30 am, and launch window opens when the tugs fire up at approximately 8:00 am. We’ll fly until the breakfast bell rings at approximately 10:00 am, then break for breakfast and meet afterwards for video review and classroom analysis of the landings.

We hope to see you at Wallaby in 2011!

03/16/11
Daniel Vélez Bravo Wins Hombres Pájaro 2011 – Colombia Open

Daniel Vélez Bravo has won the Hombres Pájaro 2011 hang gliding championship in Colombia, flying a Wills Wing T2C.

Daniel writes:

I´m writting to inform you that last week we had a nice hang gliding championship [Hombres Pájaro 2011 – Colombia Hang Gliding Open Championship] down here in Colombia, with 32 pilots from different countries. We happened to have some pilots from Ecuador, USA and Brasil. We had 4 valid tasks out of 7 days, 70km average, but we actually flew all the seven days of the meet.

On the first task I ended up third of the day, after running too hard to the ground 6 km short of a goal made by two other T2C pilots. Since that day, I really needed to push hard to try to get again into the fight for the first place, winning the other 3 valid tasks and finally ending up with the first overall place of the meet, over David Brito (Brasilian pilot that´s now flying for Ecuador), and Mitch Shipley (US pilot from QuestAir).

It was a really interesting meet, and we had the oportunity of having Davis Straub flying here also, and reporting on his Oz Report about the conditions and experiences over here.

You can read more info (in spanish) on my blog.
Congratulations, Daniel Vélez Bravo!

02/23/11
Wills Wing Has a Job Opening in our Sail Loft
Wills Wing has a job opening in our sail loft. The loft team works cooperatively from cutting components on the CNC plotter through the assembly and sewing operations required to complete the sail. This job requires attention to detail, a commitment to learning new skills, working cooperatively with others and will involve both lay-out and sewing assignments. The ideal candidate would be a hang glider pilot with experience as a sewing machine operator. The work environment at Wills Wing is relaxed but highly productive and self-directed. Most of the staff at Wills Wing has been here for 10 to 25 years or more and we’re looking forward to adding one more to this select group. Please contact steve@www.willswing.com for more information.

01/14/11
Wills Wing Hang Glider Price Increase
Prices on all Wills Wing glider models will increase by $100 on January 16th, 2011. Orders received by the end of the day on January 15th will be at the current, lower prices. There are no changes to the prices for any glider options or upgrades.

We have not had a price increase on gliders since March of 2008, and all of our costs have continued to increase since then. We’ve kept the amount of the increase to a minimum, and we are confident that our gliders continue to represent the best value on the market.

We thank you for your support and for your understanding.

01/13/11
An Introduction to the Aerodynamics of Hang Gliders
An introduction to the aerodynamics of hang gliders, by Paul Dees of Boeing Commercial Arplanes.

This article is available only as a PDF file and can also be found via our Support|Articles section.

Originally presented and published at the 10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, 13 – 15 September 2010, Fort Worth, Texas.

11/24/10
Thanksgiving and Christmas Closing – Wallaby 2011 Dates

We will be closed on Thursday November 25th and Friday November 26th for Thanksgiving. We will also close down for our traditional two week Christmas break on Friday December 17th, and re-open on Monday January 3rd.

Our Wallaby 2011 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Wednesday, March 23rd through Sunday March 27th, with our traditional party and dinner on Saturday night March 26th. This year Ryan Voight will be hosting one of his very highly regarded landing clinics on Thursday and Friday, March 24th and 25th. The clinic will include video and analysis of your landings and is free, other than the cost of your tows. Participants can get a reduced rate on tows during the clinic by pre-registering – just send an email with your name and “Landing Clinic” in the subject line to mike@www.willswing.com. (You should plan to provide your own glider for the landing clinic – availability of demo gliders will be limited.)

We hope to see you at Wallaby in 2011!

Our sales in 2010 have returned to pre-recession levels and are up 10% over last year. We have been particularly pleased to see the continued increase in popularity among advanced pilots and competition pilots of the T2 and T2C this year, and the increasing success of the glider in competition events. As we come to the end of a very successful year and prepare for the holiday season, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our dealers and customers. We are reminded every day that our success depends on all of you, and we’re very thankful to have your continued support.