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 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. Foot landings are easy, with relatively light flare pressures, even in light winds.
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.
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.
USHPA Rating for Tandem Flight – USHPA Tandem Rating
USHPA Rating for Solo Flight – USHPA Novice Rating
- 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 strong 50 / 52mm 7075 Keel
- 1.25 x .095 control bar downtubes (25% stronger than AT68)
- 1.25 x .095 control bar basetube (70% stronger than standard)
- 8 in wider than 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
|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.
|Specification||Falcon 3 Tandem|
|Glider Weight (lbs)||71|
|Hook-In Weight (lbs)||185-500|
|Optimum Body Weight (lbs)||220-450|
|Length (in bag) (in)||253|
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.