Falcon 4 Overview
Updates on the Falcon 4 include a new sail cut and new sail panel layout, improved lateral stability at higher speeds and under aero tow conditions, and the option for the glider to be built with a Litestream Control bar for an extra $275. The Falcon 4 comes standard with an airframe that breaks down to shipping length, but is not short-packable into the 2 meter length. The short-packable airframe is an available option on the Falcon 4 for an extra $250. The 195 size features an extra batten for improved airfoil definition, and, on the standard airframe, a smaller diameter crossbar for reduced drag and improved performance. The Falcon 4 is currently available in the 145, 170 and 195 sizes and the Falcon 4 Tandem at this page
Falcon 4 Performance
Less than ten days after the first production Falcon 3’s left the factory, a demo Falcon 3 170 had been flown 205 miles by Davis Straub for a new single surface cross-country world distance record. The Falcon 4 carries forward the tradition of exceptional effective soaring performance of the Falcon line, by providing an unmatched combination of relaxed and responsive handling with exceptional climb rate and low speed glide. For developing pilots, this is a glider that will allow you to have longer flights more often, and as a result will help you improve your flying skills more rapidly. For experienced pilots, the Falcon 4 will remind you of just how simple and how enjoyable soaring flight can be.
- Can be short-packed to under 7 feet (2.1 m) for transport with available optional aiframe
- Quick–attach nose cone enhances performance
- Optional Litestream performance control bar can be ordered as an upgrade
- Transverse batten extends washout support provided at wingtips, allowing for reduced number of reflex bridle lines
- All main frame tubes are 7075 – T6 drawn seamless tubing for maximum strength to weight ratio
- 7075 – T6 Drawn Seamless Keel Tubing
- 7075 – T6 Drawn Seamless Leading Edge
- 7075 – T6 Pre-formed Battens
- Improved sail cut yields enhanced aerodynamics
- Handling is light and quick, yet remains comfortable and reassuring
- Lever Rear Batten Tips
- Ball-type Crossbar Center
- Full Leading Edge Mylar Pocket and Mylar Insert
- Streamlined Kingpost
- Rear Crossbar Haulback System
- Deluxe Glider Bag, Control Bar Bag, Batten Bag, and Velcro Sail Ties
- Spare Parts Kit, Team Hat, Bumper sticker
- Comprehensive Owner / Service Manual and Batten Diagram
The standard control bar on the Falcon 4 features round downtubes and a round, speedbar (comfort bar) basetube. (Note that these control bars are the same as the Falcon 3 control bars, but are different from, and not interchangeable with AT type control bar used on Falcon 1’s and Falcon 2’s – see the article Falcon Control Bars Not Interchangeable for more information.) This control bar configuration will accept either the 5 inch diameter Hall wheels or the 8 inch diameter Finsterwalder wheels, mounted directly on the basetube. As an option, Falcon 4 owners can order their glider built with the Litestream Control bar – equipped with either a streamlined or round speedbar basetube. The Litestream control bar with the streamlined basetube will accept the Wills Wing Streamlined Wheel Kit as an additional option, and with the round basetube, you can use either the Hall or Finsterwalder wheels.
All panels in the Falcon 4 sail are available for use of colored sailcloth, if you restrict your choice to the 4 oz woven sail cloth. Inventory gliders will have factory selected colors on Panel 1 (top surface leading edge) and Panel 5 (bottom surface), and customers can select their own colors for these panels, as well as for panel 4 (trailing edge), for the normal $150 custom color choice charge. When custom color choice is selected, additional color choices can be selected for Panel 2 (top surface immediately behind Panel 1) and Panel 3 (mid-chord panel) for an additional $75 per (full span) panel.
All panels in the Falcon sail will be made normally with 4 oz woven sailcloth. 205 MT can be selected for panel 1 (leading edge) and / or panel 4 (trailing edge) for an extra charge (see options table). Finally UVPXB10 and UVODL04 can be selected for panel 3-4 for an extra charge. All of these options require the customer color choice option charge as well.
Optional Falcon 4 Short Pack Airframe and Deluxe Transport / Storage Container
The Falcon 4 with the optional short-packable airframe can be broken down to a short pack length of seven feet (195), six and a half feet (170), or six feet (145) for transport, shipping or storage. Wills Wing offers an optional protective container, specially designed to provide maximum protection and transport convenience for your Falcon 4. The overall dimensions of the container allow shipping by most common carriers such as UPS, and allow you to check the glider as baggage on most airline flights.
The Deluxe Transport / Storage Container consists of a protective corrugated plastic box / liner inside of a heavy duty, ballistic cloth zippered bag. The entire glider – sail, airframe, battens and cover bags – fits inside the container. The internal box provides shape to the container, maintains the specific dimensions of the package and protects the airframe tubes of the glider from damage. The ballistic outer bag provides additional damage protection for the sail and airframe.
|Custom Sail Patterns – Quoted on Request|
|Customer color choice||01A-A1||$150.00|
|P1 UPGRADE 170 TO 205MT||01A-A2||$100.00|
|P1 UPGRADE 170 TO UVPX or 240MT||01A-A29||$200.00|
|P4 UPGRADE 170/211 TO 205 MT||01A-A31||$100.00|
|P4 UPGRADE 170 TO UVPX OR 240MT||01A-A321||$200.00|
|COLORED P2, P3 OR P4 PANEL||01A-A6||$75.00|
|P3/P4 UPGRADE 170 TO UVPX||01A-A37||$300.00|
|P3/P4 UPGRADE UVPX TO UVODL04/06||01A-A35||$300.00|
|FALCON P3 UPGRADE V170 TO UVODL04-1||01A-A38||$300.00|
|MYLAR SAIL UPGR FALCON V170 TO UVPX P1, P2, P3, P4||01A-A53||$600.00|
|Litestream Control Bar Upgrade (Streamlined or Round Basetube)||01A-B6||$275.00|
|Carbon Speedbar Upgrade (Litestream Bar)||01A-B3||$420.00|
|Slipstream/Litestream Control Bar Wheel Kit||70M-1240||$140.00|
|Falcon 4 Short Pack Airframe Upgrade||01A-B9||$250.00|
|Falcon 4 Deluxe Transport / Storage Container||45G-1310||$195.00|
Some options may be incompatible with others. See your Wills Wing dealer for details.
The Falcon 4 is in production in three sizes: 145, 170, and 195. The Falcon 3 Tandem remains the recommended Falcon model for solo pilots who are outside the top of the recommended weight range for the 195. (The Falcon 3 Tandem handles and performs exceptionally well for solo pilots as light as 185 lbs.)
|Specification||Falcon 4 145||Falcon 4 170||Falcon 4 195|
|Glider Weight (kg)||20.4||22.2||24.5|
|Hook-In Weight (kg)||54-86||63-100||79-125|
|Optimum Body Weight (kg)||50-64||64-77||77-100|
|Length (in bag) (m)||4.7||5.4||5.9|
|Short Pack (w/option) (m)||1.8||2.0||2.1|
|HGMA Certified||June 4, 2015|
|Specification||Falcon 4 145||Falcon 4 170||Falcon 4 195|
|Glider Weight (lbs)||45||49||54|
|Hook-In Weight (lbs)||120-190||140-220||175-275|
|Optimum Body Weight (lbs)||110-140||140-170||170-220|
|Length (in bag) (in)||186||214||234|
|Short Pack (w/option) (in)||72||78||84|
|HGMA Certified||June 4, 2015|
Yesterday I flew Walt’s for the first time in 20 years. The Falcon 4 FR [Full Race] caught a lot of stares and a few questions on launch. It was a strange day with light SE flow up to around 10K’ and then NW above, the shear making for ratty thermals with 800 fpm up for 2/3 of the turn and 100 down for the last part, requiring continuous corrections.
Since I could rarely get above 11K’ I was forced to fly well in front of the main spine. The Sierras were clouding up pretty quickly so I made the decision to try to make the big crossing at Independence. The Falcon enabled me to drift lazily in little bubbles and dive for extended periods without the tiring bar pressure that I was used to on the previous glider that I owned.
I made it up on the Inyos and flew on to just past Westgard Pass so that I could tag the 50 mile mark before returning to a nice field for landing next to my chase. I smiled when we drove south past the Lone Pine airport and I saw a good half dozen double surface wings breaking down.
In the past, I’ve suffered from finger cramps due to high bar pressures and cold temps. I used convertible mittons with the carbon base tube and was comfy the entire time. I really like how the bar has grips oriented for turning flight as well as for getting pointy when you’re trying to maximize the glide.
When I flew for long periods before I had sore arms, shoulders, and lower back. With the Falcon the only thing sore was my neck from holding my head up for so long!
I love my Falcon!