2013 News Summary

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Happy Holidays from Wills Wing


All of us at Wills Wing wish you and your families a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Holiday Season!

The Wills Wing Crew, 2013:
Standing, l-r: Bill Blaty, Anthony Faletoi, Matt Barker, Rick Zimbelman, Linda Meier, Mark Hofstad, Alan King, Moises Cortes, Mike Meier.
Kneeling, l-r: Ken Howells, Gary Smith, Kelsey Pearson, Steven Pearson, Lisa Pearson, Tracy Smith, Eva Hanska, Carlos Mendosa, Luis Medina.
(Not pictured: Tom Blaty, Martin Maldonado, Chris Wills)

Wills Wing 2014 Wallaby Ranch Demo Days & Fly-In
Wills Wing Wallaby 2014 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Wednesday, March 26th through Saturday, March 29th, 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’ll be celebrating our 41st Anniversary this year so come on out, fly some new gliders, see some old friends and help us mark the occasion!

We hope to see you at Wallaby in 2014!
Wills Wing T2C 144 Granted DHV Gütesiegel

The Wills Wing T2C 144 has been granted the Gütesiegel by the DHV, and is now certified in Germany.

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The granting of the Gütesiegel by the DHV is the culmination of a seventeen month process that began when Carsten Friedrichs was refused entry into the 2012 German Open competition because his T2C 144, although HGMA certified, did not have the DHV Gütesiegel, and he was therefore not allowed to fly. There have been multiple efforts over the last 35 years to have Germany recognize hang glider airworthiness certification from authorities outside of Germany, such as the British (BHPA) certification and the (international) HGMA (Hang Glider Manufacturers Association) certification. None of these has yet been successful – in Germany it is still required to have a Gütesiegel issued by an authorized German testing house (of which the DHV is one).

Over the years, the DHV has offered varying levels of accommodation and assistance to manufacturers holding other certifications in their pursuit of a DHV Gütesiegel attesting to certification to the German LTF standards, but until now none of these has eliminated the need for DHV testing of the glider to the German LTF standards, and none has therefore addressed the problems and additional burdens for manufacturers that result from requiring certification to an additional and somewhat different set of standards. Following his disqualification from the German Open, Carsten began a campaign to achieve a DHV Gütesiegel for the T2C 144 based on DHV acceptance of the glider’s HGMA certification status. What the DHV eventually agreed to was something less than that; to accept the HGMA pitch and load testing results as valid evidence of airworthiness, and that with the submission of complete documentation of the glider’s manufacturing details, as contained in the HGMA Record Of Compliance, and a DHV flight test to establish for DHV purposes a classification of the glider’s flight behavior, the DHV would then issue the Gütesiegel for the glider.

Carsten pursued this process relentlessly over a period of 15 months, with significant support from Wills Wing’s Swiss importer Roberto Nichele, and with ongoing technical support from Wills Wing, and finally he was successful in obtaining the DHV Gütesiegel for the T2C 144.

The most straight forward and most obvious solution to this situation would be for Germany to accept, without any additional requirements, HGMA and BHPA certification, in the same manner that HGMA and BHPA certification are accepted in other countries around the world, and in the same manner that German certification is accepted outside of Germany without the addition of any further requirements. This is what the CIVL does for competition – BHPA, DHV and HGMA certification are accepted equally under FAI Section 7A rules. In the meantime, we’d like to congratulate Carsten on his significant accomplishment, and we thank Carsten and Nick for their extraordinary efforts in this matter.

Announcing the Charly Loop Helmet
The New Finsterwalder Charly Loop Helmet is an extremely comfortable, very light weight, (495 grams / 1.1 lbs), CE EN 966 Certified helmet that features a strong, ABS shell, and high quality shock absorbing foam. The helmet shell is cut above the ears, and the ear pads are removable, providing the option of having the ears completely open to the outside, enhancing both airspeed recognition and the ability to hear. Both the shell and the foam are vented making the helmet comfortably cool in hot weather. The interior lining is washable and replaceable. Available colors are glossy white or “soft” black, blue or red. The helmet is ideal for student pilots, tandem passengers, and for anyone looking for Certified protection in a very comfortable, lightweight, open helmet. Sizes are small, medium, and large/XL (combined).

A carry bag is included and an optional visor is available (not recommended for hang gliding use due to sharp bottom edge).

Retail Price: $165


East Coast Demo Days, 6/22-7/6/13
Wills Wing designer Steven Pearson will be conducting hang glider demo days on the East Coast at the end of June and early July. Take a trip to Morningside, Ellenville, Kitty Hawk, or Lookout Mountain to see and fly the Wills Wing line of hang gliders. See our Calendar section for details.

Vintage T-Shirt Night
Friday, April 5th, will be Vintage T-Shirt Night at Wallaby Ranch!

Wallaby 2013 starts in four weeks
Sign up for Ryan Voight’s Landing Clinic

Just a reminder – the Wills Wing Wallaby 2013 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held in just four weeks – Wednesday, April 3rd through Saturday April 6th, with our traditional party and dinner on Saturday night. We’re celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year, so come on out, see some old friends and help us mark the occasion!

This year Ryan Voight will again be hosting one of his very highly regarded landing clinics on Thursday and Friday, April 4th and 5th. 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.