2012 News Summary

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12/13/12
Happy Holidays from Wills Wing!

The Wills Wing Crew, 2012: Back, l-r: Moises Cortes, Anthony Faletoi, George Mantoan, Rick Zimbelman, Mike Meier, Johnathon Bland, Martin Maldonado, Ken Howells. Middle, l-r: Eva Hanska, Gary Smith, Becky Harrison, Tom Blaty, Alan King. Front, l-r: Bill Blaty, Carlos Mendosa, Matt Barker, Steven Pearson, Linda Meier, Elizabeth Amaya. (Not pictured: Trish Kells, Chris Wills)
The Wills Wing Crew, 2012:
Back, l-r: Moises Cortes, Anthony Faletoi, George Mantoan, Rick Zimbelman, Mike Meier, Johnathon Bland, Martin Maldonado, Ken Howells.
Middle, l-r: Eva Hanska, Gary Smith, Becky Harrison, Tom Blaty, Alan King.
Front, l-r: Bill Blaty, Carlos Mendosa, Matt Barker, Steven Pearson, Linda Meier, Elizabeth Amaya.
(Not pictured: Trish Kells, Chris Wills)

11/27/12
Christmas Closing Dates

We will close down for our traditional two week Christmas break on Wednesday December 19th, 2012, and re-open on Wednesday January 2nd, 2013.

Our Wallaby 2013 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Wednesday, April 3rd through Saturday, April 6th, with our traditional party and dinner on Saturday night.

We will be celbrating 40 years in the hang gliding business – you know you won’t want to miss this!

We hope to see you at Wallaby in 2013!

11/01/12
Wallaby Glider Orders
New glider orders are now estimated to be ready for shipment in early March, so if you are planning to order a glider for delivery at our Wallaby Ranch demo days event, please plan to get your order in within the next few weeks. Thanks!

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We hope to see you at Wallaby in 2013!

10/23/12
Wills Wing 2013 Wallaby Ranch Demo Days & Fly-In
Our Wallaby Ranch 2013 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Wednesday, April 3rd, through Saturday April 6th, with our traditional party and dinner on Saturday night.

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

We will be celebrating 40 years in the hang gliding business – you know you won’t want to miss this!

We hope to see you at Wallaby in 2013!

07/30/12
Price Increases – Falcon 4 Release

Price Increases

Effective August 1st, prices on all glider models will increase by $100. The new price will apply to all orders not received at Wills Wing before August 1st.

The price of the Covert harness has been increased, effective July 13th, to $2550, as noted on the Covert product page on the web site. All Covert harnesses on order at this time will be invoiced at the original, lower price. All new orders will be at the higher price.

Falcon 4

We are announcing the release of the Falcon 4 at this time in the 145, 170, and 195 sizes. The Falcon Tandem will remain a Falcon 3 Tandem at this time.

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See the Falcon 4 page on our web site for details.

A few important points:

The Falcon 4 will be priced the same as the Falcon 3, but will come standard (at that price) with a NON – short packable airframe. The short packable airframe will be a $250 upgrade option. If you want the option you will need to specify that at the time the order is placed.
On the Falcon 4, you MAY order the Litestream Control Bar to be installed on the glider. (On the Falcon 3, the Litestream bar was only available as a separate item – all gliders were assembled with the normal control bar). The Litestream Control Bar upgrade option will be priced at $275. If you want the upgrade option you will need to specify that at the time the order is placed.
Falcon 3 orders that HAVE NOT BEEN STARTED can be converted to Falcon 4 orders, if you want to do so. In general, at this time, that means gliders scheduled for deliver assembly AFTER September 15th. You can have your dealer check with Wills Wing to see if your order is eligible. Again, you must specify if you want either of the options above.
In addition to the above, the Falcon 4 will incorporate:All of the cumulative improvements we’ve made to the Falcon 3 since its introduction in 2006.
A new sail cut and sail panel layout (see photo).
Improved stability under aero tow conditions.
On the 195 size, an extra batten, a smaller diameter crossbar (on the non-short pack version only), and resulting improved sink rate and glide ratio performance.
For the present time, we will continue to accept orders for Falcon 3’s.

07/09/12
Wolfgang Siess is the 2012 Austrian Champion
Congratulations to Wolfgang Siess for becoming the 2012 Austrian Champion! Wolfi won the Austrian Open with his T2C 154 in a solid victory. Congrats also to T2C pilot Manfred Trimmel, who got 4th place.

Results: http://www.drachenflieger.at/uploads/media/FAI_1_Gesamtwertung.html

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07/03/12
Dustin Martin Sets New Open Distance Record – 475 miles with a T2C 144

Wills Wing Team pilot Dustin Martin set a world record today, flying his Wills Wing T2C 144 hang glide 475 miles from Zapata, Texas! The previous record stood for 11 years.

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06/14/12
Wills Wing T2C 136

The long awaited Wills Wing T2C 136 is now released! The 136 is a slightly smaller size of the T2C optimized for a range of pilot body weight centered on 150 lbs (68 kg). The 136 features a new size control bar, halfway between that of the T2C 144 and the Sport 2 135. When configured with the lightest weight options, (Litestream downtubes and UVPT panel #1), the 136 weighs in at only 68 lbs. We have completed all developmental flight tests and all vehicle tests (positive and negative loads, and pitching moment tests) on the glider and we are now accepting orders. Estimated production time is 14 weeks.

T2C 136 Specifications  Imperial Metric
Area 136 12.6
Span 31.6 9.63
Aspect Ratio 7.35 7.35
Glider Weight (lbs) 68 30.9
Hook-In Weight 145 – 200 66 -91
Optimum Body Weight 140 – 160 64 – 73
Nose Angle (deg) 127-132
Double Surface (%) 92
USHPA Rating 4
Vne 53 85
Va 46 74
Vms 21 34
Vd (mph) 70 112
Length (in bag) (in) 190 4.83
Break-down (in) 148 3.76
Sugg. Retail $8 485.00

04/13/12
URGENT REMINDER – Hang Loop Recall – Recent Sport 2 and U2 Gliders
URGENT REMINDER – Hang Loop Recall – Recent Sport 2 and U2 Gliders and replacement kingpost hang type hang loops.

You are reminded that there is currently in effect an inspection and recall notice for defective kingpost type hang loops. Recently a pilot had the main loop fail completely in flight -he was saved by the backup loop. It is imperative that all kingpost hang type hang loops that may be subject to this recall be inspected, and replaced if necessary. Because the defect is the result of a damaged grommet setting tool, we expect that EVERY hang loop produced during the period the tool was damaged will need to be replaced. We have extended the inspection period back to loops produced starting January 1, 2009.

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.

Please see TB20110825R – Hang Loop Recall for instructions.

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

03/16/12
T2C Sailcloth Update
As of the beginning of this year, all ODL06 sail material is now designated UVODL06, and uses the UV protected Mylar film. This change is in effect for all T2C sails using ODL06 that were cut after November 30th, 2011.

As a result of this change, we strongly recommend that UVX15T, rather than PX15T, be used on the number one panel (leading edge) whenever UVODL06 is selected for Panels 3 and 4 (top surface and trailing edge), otherwise the number one panel would not be UV protected, and the service life of the sail would be reduced unnecessarily.

03/12/12
Lookout Mountain Demo Days
Come to Lookout Mt. During the July 4th weekend and fly the latest Wills Wing hang gliders. Hosted by Steven Pearson.

02/28/12
No Limit Helmet Visor Cleaning

Caution:
The visor on the Charly No Limit Helmet has an anti-fog coating on the inside surface. Clean the visor under pure running water only – no additives – and allow to air dry – do not rub the visor with any type of cloth. (You may blot water droplets with a clean, soft cloth, but do not rub.)

01/09/12
Wills Wing Glider Price Increase

Prices on all Wills Wing glider models will increase by $100 on January 13th, 2012. Orders received at Wills Wing by 5 pm PST on January 13th will be at the current, lower prices. There are no changes to the prices for any glider options or upgrades.

We’ve worked hard to keep our glider prices as low as possible over the years, 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.