2016 Gin Falcon 24
2016-03-19, Written 2016-04-24 | Ratings: 1 is bad, 10 is good |
| About the Testing
Gin is one of the more mature paraglider
makers with much experience in reflex gliders since they used to make
wings for Paramania.
I'm 147 pounds and flew a 24 during mellow
conditions on an overcast FL morning with a very light wind.
Handling is subdued, especially without using the tip steering. Much of
that is probably owing to being fairly lightly loaded. This wing is
intended for heavier pilots. The tip steering uses bungees so you can
find it quickly and it was plenty effective when trimmed fast.
Inflation: I flew it in nearly calm
air and it came overhead nicely. So nicely that I was caught off guard a
bit and it overflew me. But in true reflex fashion it basically hung
there and waited for my wits to be collected into forward speed--you can
see it in the picture where it came way overhead and I'm pulling a bunch
of brakes. Of course that overfly-and-stay-inflated thing works with no
brakes. Had I pulled just a little bit of brake it would be more likely
to fold under. If you pull a bunch of brake it behaves pretty well in an
overshoot like this. Indeed it did as the next picture shows.
Risers: It has a typical reflex 4-riser
system with split A's and now with PK.
Efficiency: Without actually
measuring sink rate at various trimmer settings it's hard to say but it
glided nicely and had plenty of energy in the landing flare.
Speed: No measurements were taken.
Hopefully I can sometime get my hands on an appropriately sized model of
this wing and do a proper speed test. Having that long trimmer range
means that it's made to go fast.
Wings and the Effect of Weight on Speed & Power Required.
Construction: It feels stoutly
built, like it would be robust for less-than-perfect surfaces.
Certification & Safety: Most
reflex gliders have no certification but this actually does (DGAC) as
seen below. It's minimal, though, showing mostly that the glider passes
some load testing and probably basic flying with a paramotor.
Overall: Pilots who want to go fast
will appreciate going fast under a solid ride with predictable, subdued