The Competition Results Are In
Talon Performance Is Verified
The new Wills Wing Talon 150 has proven itself in competition. In our release of the Talon, we advertised "true world-class performance right out of the box." The Talon has now verified that claim in three highly competitive meets among an international field of top ranked pilots.
In March, two early prototype Talons, flown by Paris Williams and Richard Walbec, competed in the Brazil Nationals, and finished 3rd and 9th against a world class field.
In April, five pre-production Talons competed in the Flytec Championships and Wallaby Open competitions in Florida. With such top ranked international pilots as Manfred Ruhmer, Gerolf Heinrichs, Betinho Schmitz, Thomas Suchanek, and many others, these two meets were quite possibly the most competitive ever held in the United States.
The competition at meets at this level is extraordinarily intense, and the very best pilots in the world typically dominate. In this year’s Florida meets, a total of ten tasks were flown in the flex-wing class. Manfred Ruhmer won five of the ten. Gerolf Heinrichs won two, and Thomas Suchanek won one. The only other pilot to win a task? Paris Williams on a Wills Wing Talon. Paris won the final day of the Wallaby Open by an incredible 103 points over second place finisher Manfred Ruhmer. The average separation between each of the next ten finishers was five points! Paris finished fourth in each meet, and the only pilots to finish ahead of him in either meet were, you guessed it: Manfred, Gerolf, Betinho and Thomas.
Two Talons finished in the top eight places in each of the two meets, with Jim Lee taking eighth place in the Flytec Championships and Chris Arai taking eighth at Wallaby. No US pilot other than Paris, Jim and Chris finished higher than tenth in either meet.
The performance of the new Talon has been clearly demonstrated. Production is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks.