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Wills Wing Start Up

Fri, Nov 19 2021, 10:23:24 pm MST

First new glider from Valle

Rudy Gotes|Wills Wing Inc.

"Wills Wing" «info» writes:

What a big and historic week it's been! You may have seen our update on Instagram/Facebook, that we completed our first sail this week from the new Wills Wing factory and Rudy test flew it yesterday with great success! This beautiful Falcon 4-170 came out perfectly – flawless performance, straight flying, and no flutter in the sail, whatsoever. We are so proud of this important milestone and wanted to share the good news. This glider is the first of many, many more to come.

When we last emailed in October, we had just completed the move of all machines, equipment and inventory and were working hard to get everything set up. Since then, a lot has happened. Steve traveled down to Valle to begin formal staff training, equipment testing, and demo assemblies.

Electricity for the building came about two months later than promised by the electric company, but the team made do with a generator and we're happy to report that the factory is now up and running with full interconnection and power.

We also just received word from our tubing supplier that they are ready to ship now – a full month ahead of schedule! We've ordered enough tubing to make gliders through all of 2022. We've also begun cutting downtubes and preparing our inventory of spare parts for distribution to our dealers.

Regarding orders – as promised – we are ready to share a simple process to submit your order requests! A few things to note about this:

Booking Requests need to be submitted through our Wills Wing dealers, so if you are a customer, please contact a dealer and ask them to submit your order through this form.

When we are ready to process the request and turn it into a formal booking, we will reach out to collect additional details for the order.

This request form is intentionally simple – it's meant to move requests out of email, catalogue your orders and help speed up our inventory planning / ramp up.

For spare parts orders, please also use the form to write in your needs – we will follow up to confirm everything. We are working on the willswing.com store and will resume SKUs and orders through the dealer portal once it's up and running again!

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Wills Wing Progresses

Wed, Oct 6 2021, 9:25:05 pm MDT

In Valle de Bravo

Rudy Gotes

Rudy Gotes at "Wills Wing" «info» writes:

First of all, I want to thank you for your patience and continued support! It’s been a busy and exciting time at Wills Wing, and I wanted to send an update on our plans and timing for resuming operations.

I'm excited to share that all of our machines, equipment, and inventory have been moved to their new home in Valle de Bravo! We've been working non-stop to get everything arranged and set up. Staff training is underway and we are happy to have a very talented team in the sail loft and machine shop.

I'm sure you're anxious to know when we will resume taking orders. In the next month, we’ll share a simple process to submit your customer requests for gliders, harnesses, helmets, and reserve parachutes. While this is not a formal order, it will help with our inventory planning as we ramp up production. Once our new factory is fully up and running, we’ll follow up with you to collect more comprehensive details for the order. We expect to resume production this fall with glider delivery by the spring of 2022.

I will send an update each month through the end of the year to keep you in the loop on our progress, and you can always email me directly («Rudy») if you have questions. I've also included our FAQ here, that I hope will answer some additional questions you may have.

You are a crucial part of Wills Wing’s history -and our future- and we are so grateful for your support through this transition!

Dinosaur 2015 - Predictions From the Organizers »

September 7, 2015, 8:27:25 MDT

Dinosaur 2015 - Predictions From the Organizers

A pilot had qualms

Dinosaur 2015|Terry Reynolds|weather

https://www.rockymountainglider.com/locale.html

WEATHER

(1) While no one would be so foolish as to guarantee the weather for any hang gliding contest, the period scheduled for this meet should yield seven straight days of outstanding flying conditions. The desert area around Dinosaur is not affected by the high mountain weather which makes many mountain sites inconsistent. (2) While a high mountain site could have a solid week of virtually unflyable conditions, it is unlikely that there will be even a single day at Dinosaur on which a safe, valid task cannot be called. (3) During the post-monsoon period of this meet, pilots can expect a weather pattern dominated by high pressure, with light westerly winds aloft and blue thermals/small cumulus. Climbs above 17,000'msl are normal.

The numbers in parentheses and emphasis added.

The pilot writes:

Terry Reynolds and Crew, Jim and Amy Zeiset, and all those vested deeply in Dinosaur 2015 should be applauded and recognized for their enthusiastic and significant effort in putting on such a comp from scratch. Events such as this are a labor of love and demonstrate both a philanthropic and historical support for the sport of hang gliding. They are by nature cash negative.

However, when will event organizers properly recognize the importance of meteorological assessments and strategies? Pursuits which rely upon harvesting energy from atmospheric discontinuities which is both reliable and safe must fully understand the scope and impact of these parameters.

Reading the paragraph about the weather from the Dinosaur 2015 website in advance (see above), and being somewhat familiar with the area, meteorological patterns, and time of year for this event, I bit my lip, sublimated the skepticism, and hoped for the best.

The good (1) and the bad (2), bad (3). Unfortunately my concerns about the conditions proved to be only too well founded. Congratulations to Zippie on another top performance and extending something of a real roll! Congratulations to the organizers for putting on a very special event at a special site. It's unfortunate that the weather didn't run against historic patterns, but it didn't, and that's like crying over spilt milk.

The message: Make sure events, sites, and meet practice synch with meteorological realities. Time is precious, as are the best and well-meaning efforts and lives themselves.

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Dinosaur day 7 cancelled

September 5, 2015, 1:59:22 pm MDT

Dinosaur day 7 cancelled

Gail force winds force the end of the meet after three days of flying.

Bill Soderquist|Bruce Barmakian|Christian Ciech|competition|Dinosaur 2015|Jim Yocom|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand snr|Lawrence "Pete" Lehmann|Pete Lehmann|Wills Wing T2C|Zac Majors

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/results

Final:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 Total
1 Zac Majors Wills Wing T2C 144 962 928 1000 1962
2 Glen McFarlane Wills Wing T2C 144 947 1000 945 1947
3 Christian Ciech Icaro Laminar 987 916 730 1903
4 Pedro Garcia Wills Wing T2C 144 935 897 416 1832
5 Jon Sr Durand Moyes RX4 833 878 374 1711
6 Rudy Gotes Wills Wing T2C 144 576 969 442 1545
7 Jonny Durand Moyes RX3.5 880 472 448 1352
8 Bruce Barmakian Wills Wing T2C 144 556 102 709 1265
9 Bill Soderquist Moyes RS3.5 812 443 380 1255
10 Pete Lehmann Wills Wing T2 154 266 536 673 1209

Sport class final:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 Total
1 Kelly Myrkle Aeros Discus 844 133 451 1295
2 Beau Buck North Wing Liberty 148 794 107 464 1258
3 Nathan Grimes Wills Wing U2 145 652 272 514 1166
4 Brian Morris Freedom 170 862 220 194 1082
5 Josiah Stephens Predator 142 450 114 468 918
6 Rob DeGroot Moyes Gecko 321 477 265 798
7 John Christian Wills Wing U2 145 613 107 0 720
8 Carlos Alvarado Wills Wing U2 145 363 272 203 635
9 Jon Lindburg Wills Wing Sport 2 135b 319 114 126 445
10 Rick Maddy Wills Wing U2 160 195 0 164 359

Kelley

Jim Yocom was the first of two ATOS pilots.

Dinosaur day 6 cancelled

September 4, 2015, 2:00:05 pm MDT

Dinosaur day 6 cancelled

Forecast for unpleasant conditions

weather

NWS forecast for this afternoon, here:

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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Dinosaur - today's forecast

Fri, Sep 4 2015, 8:17:14 am MDT

30 mph gusts again forecast

Dinosaur 2015

Forecast here:

Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

NWS hazardous weather forecast for today here:

SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP OVER THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE FORECAST AREA THIS AFTERNOON…WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS FORMING OVER THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE AREA. THE STRONGEST STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF GENERATING HEAVY RAIN…SMALL HAIL AND WIND GUSTS TO 40 mph.

Forecast for Saturday:

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Forecast by Rich Jesuroga. Tomorrow looks worse.

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Dinosaur day 5 cancelled

September 3, 2015, 1:59:48 pm MDT

Dinosaur day 5 cancelled

Windy with gusts to 30 mph

weather

NWS forecast for this afternoon, here:

This Afternoon: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Glen sends:

And reports 30 mph gusts just as forecast. I wonder if there is anything to do in Dinosaur, Colorado.

From the cancelled day:

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Dinosaur - Hazardous weather forecasted

Thu, Sep 3 2015, 9:44:04 am MDT

Thunderstorms for the Yampa

Dinosaur 2015

NWS hazardous weather forecast for today here:

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP OVER THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE FORECAST AREA THIS MORNING AND SPREAD SLOWLY NORTH DURING THE DAY BEFORE DIMINISHING THIS EVENING. THE STRONGEST STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF GENERATING HEAVY RAIN…SMALL HAIL AND WIND GUSTS TO 40 mph.

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Dinosaur - Thank goodness for the Sport Class

Thu, Sep 3 2015, 9:29:20 am MDT

So few open class pilots

Dinosaur 2015

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/pilots

There are only eighteen open class pilots flying in the Dinosaur competition. But, fortunately there are eleven sport class pilots and two rigid wing pilots. This with a competition that promised in advance $15,000 in prize money and had lower costs because there was no need for towing.

Without the sport class this would be a very poorly attended competition. It is also a warning flag to future meet organizers that they should be careful about how many pilots might want to come to their competition and how carefully they should encourage sport class pilots.

It wasn't that long ago that there weren't any sport class competitions in the US. We have worked hard to turn that around despite lots of discouragement from old fart pilots who felt that this was a travesty. It has turned out to be very favorable to competitions and has been a whole lot of fun.

It's great to see such enthusiasm from these newer pilots and the fast learning that is taking place.

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Dinosaur - day 4

Wed, Sep 2 2015, 10:37:51 pm MDT

The results

Bill Soderquist|Bruce Barmakian|Christian Ciech|competition|Dinosaur 2015|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand snr|Lawrence "Pete" Lehmann|Moyes Litespeed RX|Pete Lehmann|Wills Wing T2C|Zac Majors

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/results

Task 3:

# Name Glider Time Distance Dist.
Points
Lead.
Points
Time
Points
Arr.
Pos.
Points
Total
1 Zac Majors Wills Wing T2C 144 01:59:35 115.67 717.5 49.4 197.8 35.3 1000
2 Glen Mcfarlane Wills Wing T2C 144 02:04:37 115.67 717.5 42.8 167.6 16.6 945
3 Dave Gibson Wills Wing T2C 144 03:19:32 115.67 717.5 7.5 8.8 734
4 Christian Ciech Icaro Laminar 107.93 688.0 41.6 730
5 Bruce Barmakian Wills Wing T2C 144 112.99 709.2 709
6 Pete Lehmann Wills Wing T2 154 105.07 672.8 673
7 Cory Barnwell Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 56.85 480.2 480
8 Aaron Rinn Wills Wing T2C 144 53.12 464.5 465
9 Felix Cantesanu Aeros Combat C 12.7 51.86 457.9 458
10 Jonny Durand Moyes RX3.5 50.24 447.5 448

I'm quite certain that Christian was happier to get his leading points than not.

Cumulative (well here's a little different outcome):

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 Total
1 Zac Majors Wills Wing T2C 144 962 928 1000 1962
2 Glen Mcfarlane Wills Wing T2C 144 947 1000 945 1947
3 Christian Ciech Icaro Laminar 987 916 730 1903
4 Pedro Garcia Wills Wing T2C 144 935 897 416 1832
5 Jon Sr Durand Moyes RX4 833 878 374 1711
6 Rudy Gotes Wills Wing T2C 144 576 969 442 1545
7 Jonny Durand Moyes RX3.5 880 472 448 1352
8 Bruce Barmakian Wills Wing T2C 144 556 102 709 1265
9 Bill Soderquist Moyes RS3.5 812 443 380 1255
10 Pete Lehmann Wills Wing T2 154 266 536 673 1209

Only the best two scores are used. Clearly, so far, Zac and Glen are disadvantaged by this elimination of the worst day (perhaps they'll have bad days later), while everyone else was advantaged, especially Christian.

Four sport class pilots made goal. Kelly Myrkle is in the overall lead.

Dinosaur - day 4

Wed, Sep 2 2015, 4:32:36 pm MDT

Zac tasks wins task 3

Dinosaur 2015|Facebook

https://airtribune.com/play/995/2d

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/blog__day_4

Zac in first, Glen second, Christian lands 9 km short. No one else in goal.

Dave Gibson makes it in later in third:

Nice looking sky. Thanks to Glen for his on the spot (goal) reports.

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Dinosaur - day 3

Tue, Sep 1 2015, 11:06:19 pm MDT

Just like the good old days

Dinosaur 2015|Facebook|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|photo

Jonny Durand «Jonny Durand» writes:

If you want to know why I was not in goal today it was because I was in front and at the last turnpoint I went to land because there was lightning and rain on course. Glen reports he flew through hail to make goal and win the day. I did the safe thing and turned around and landed away from the storm.

Every day of the 1990 Nationals at Dinosaur was like this. We didn't know any better then.

Good for Jonny making the safe decision. There is a reason I'm not flying at Dinosaur.

Photo from the first task.

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Dinosaur - day 3

Tue, Sep 1 2015, 10:59:34 pm MDT

The results

Bill Soderquist|Christian Ciech|competition|Dinosaur 2015|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand snr|Wills Wing T2C|Zac Majors

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/results

Task 2:

# Name Glider Time Lead.
Points
Time
Points
Arr.
Pos.
Points
Total
1 Glen Mcfarlane Wills Wing T2C 144 01:52:45 85.1 340.5 60.8 1000
2 Rudy Gotes Wills Wing T2C 144 01:53:09 78.2 330.7 46.0 969
3 Zac Majors Wills Wing T2C 144 01:55:55 78.2 301.7 34.5 928
4 Christian Ciech Icaro Laminar 01:56:22 78.5 298.1 26.0 916
5 Pedro Garcia Wills Wing T2C 144 01:57:21 72.5 290.7 20.1 897
6 Josh Woods Moyes RX3.5 01:58:15 66.5 284.4 16.1 881
7 Jon Sr Durand Moyes RX4 01:59:14 72.4 277.9 13.8 878
8 Pete Lehman Wills Wing Sport 2-155 03:11:37 9.4 12.6 536

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Glen Mcfarlane Wills Wing T2C 144 1946
2 Christian Ciech Icaro Laminar 1902
3 Zac Majors Wills Wing T2C 144 1889
4 Pedro Garcia Wills Wing T2C 144 1831
5 Jon Sr Durand Moyes RX4 1708
6 Rudy Gotes Wills Wing T2C 144 1537
7 Jonny Durand Moyes RX3.5 1350
8 Bill Soderquist Moyes RS3.5 1251
9 Pedro Montes Aeros Combat GT 15 1143
10 Josh Woods Moyes RX3.5 1119

Rob DeGroot was the only sport class pilot to make goal on a Moyes Gecko.

Brian Morris on a North Wing Freedom 170 (single surface) is in first place over all with Kelley Myrkle on an Aeros Discus right behind him. There is a handicap.

Dinosaur - day 3

Tue, Sep 1 2015, 5:57:20 pm MDT

Rudy second, Zac third, Christian, fourth, only seven in goal

Dinosaur 2015|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr

Jonny Durand, not in goal.

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Dinosaur - day 3

Tue, Sep 1 2015, 5:01:53 pm MDT

Glen wins task 2

Dinosaur 2015

https://airtribune.com/play/990/2d

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/blog__day_3

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Dinosaur - day 3

Tue, Sep 1 2015, 12:46:34 pm MDT

Watch live tracking

Dinosaur 2015

https://airtribune.com/play/990/2d

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/blog__day_3

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Dinosaur - day 2

Mon, Aug 31 2015, 9:53:41 pm MDT

Christian 40 seconds ahead

Bill Soderquist|Christian Ciech|competition|Dinosaur 2015|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand snr|Wills Wing T2C|Zac Majors

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/blog__day_2

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/results

Task 1:

# Name Glider Time Lead.
Points
Time
Points
Arr.
Pos.
Points
Total
1 Christian Ciech Icaro Laminar 01:39:40 81.3 354.9 63.4 986
2 Zac Majors Wills Wing T2C 144 01:40:20 86.0 340.0 46.0 959
3 Glen Mcfarlane Wills Wing T2C 144 01:40:22 82.4 339.5 33.2 942
4 Pedro Garcia Wills Wing T2C 144 01:40:35 82.1 336.5 24.2 929
5 Jonny Durand Moyes RX3.5 01:47:25 88.7 278.3 18.4 872
6 Jon Sr Durand Moyes RX4 01:51:11 66.5 255.2 15.0 823
7 Bill Soderquist Moyes RS3.5 01:52:55 57.7 245.4 13.3 803

Notice that Arrival Position and Time points (the difference between the values given) are way more important than Leading points (where the differences are very small among the top five pilots).

Sport class: Most pilots not scored yet.

Dinosaur - day 2

Mon, Aug 31 2015, 5:13:26 pm MDT

Zac and Glen first into goal

Dinosaur 2015

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/blog__day_2

https://airtribune.com/play/975/2d

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Dinosaur - day 1 cancelled

Sun, Aug 30 2015, 3:20:56 pm MDT

Over development - just like in the old days there.

Dinosaur 2015

https://airtribune.com/dinosaur2015/blog__day_1

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Dinosaur fees to rise

March 30, 2015, 3:09:16 pm EDT

Dinosaur fees to rise

March 31st.

Dinosaur 2015

Terry writes:

March 31 is the last day for the Dinosaur 2015 early entry fee. Go to http://www.rockymountainglider.com/registration-fees.html to fill out your Pilot Entry Form and pay before the entry fee goes up!

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2015 Dinosaur »

March 16, 2015, 9:01:12 EDT

2015 Dinosaur

Registration is open

Terry <<terryreynolds2>> writes:

Registration is now open for Dinosaur 2015. Open ($10,000 First Prize), Sport ($5,000 prize money) and rigid classes. August 30 - September 5. Dinosaur, Colorado. Please see http://RockyMountainGlider.com for complete information.

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