UltraSport Orders Accepted Until 30 June, 2003
As you are probably aware, the new U2 has proven to be a big hit with pilots who have demoed or purchased the glider. Our experience in demoing the U2 160 and U2 145 at Wallaby and other places recently indicates that the U2 is easier to fly in virtually every way than the Ultra Sport. As would be expected for a design which is now six years old, our sales of the Ultra Sport have steadily declined over the last few years, and now are at a level which, from the standpoint of manufacturing economics, does not support keeping the glider in production, especially when a better alternative is available.
We will continue to accept new orders for Ultra Sports for another 60 days (through the close of business on June 30th). If you have any pending sales for Ultra Sports, we ask that you close those sales as soon as possible, and get the orders in to us.
We also ask that you use discretion in the manner in which you share this information with your retail customers. We are making this announcement only to dealers at this time. It is of no benefit to you, or to us, or to the customer, to share this information with a pilot who has just purchased an Ultra Sport. Pilots considering the purchase of an Ultra Sport at this time should be advised that we feel that the U2 is a better glider in every respect, as we have already been doing for some time. If the pilot still decides to purchase an Ultra Sport, whether that decision is based on price, or whatever, then that’s fine. We will, of course, continue to support the Ultra Sport from a service perspective as we have supported all of our gliders.