psuguru wrote:IMHO, the main things to consider when choosing a flying machine are the flying qualities.
Unless you absolutely have to short pack your glider, I wouldn't take that into consideration.
psuguru wrote:So, why would you consider a glider designed 30 years ago against one designed in 2012-2013?
Because it manages to be lighter,has more glide,is more playful and just as forgiving as a Falcon.Plus it shortpacks,not bad for a 30 year old geezer uh?.
I've flown a Falcon 3 just once and it is very nice overall,but there is nothing "magical" about it.People in this forum love them dearly because most of them started on a Falcon,being US pilots.It is the apple pie of gliders.
psuguru wrote:I started on a Malibu188 and recently bought a Sting3XC168. The best glide angle of the Sting isn't much better than the best glide angle of the Malibu. It just maintains it across a wider speed range.
That's what we usually refer to when we talk about performance,pull the bar and accelerate forward and not down.It is kind of important when you want to get away from a hill,reach a thermal or make it to an upwind LZ.
People are racing and flying XC on the Sting 3 quite successfully so i find it quite surprising that you compare it to the floatiest floater around.
psuguru wrote: The falcon 4 is slightly better than a Malibu in terms of speed and roll response so I'd carefully consider the validity of the idea that double surface gliders have higher performance than single surface.
Most people who carefully consider that idea reach the inescapable conclusion that Double Surface gliders have much more performance than SingleSurface ones.Handling (including roll response) should normally be easier on a SS,looser sail etc..
psuguru wrote:A locally (in continental terms) made glider will have spares more readily available than one made in small quantities several thousand miles away.
With one caveat.The basic Aeros Discus uses DownTubes made by Finsterwalder,and so did the NorthWing Freedom a friend of mine had.So you can buy a Discus/Freedom DT,cut it shorter and redrill to fit a Perfex.Only the drilling part requires some skill.Of course i'm not recomending anybody to do this,it is very naughty.
psuguru wrote:A Falcon 3 is a fine glider and there'll be plenty of good used examples at reasonable prices, available immediately.