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Old 02-13-2012, 09:35 AM
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During our local club meeting we were discussing different methods for holding large planes when starting. I thought i should find out what other clubs are using. Please post a picture of you can. I know there are various types of tail hook products out there but we were thinking of something more permanent that wont "grow legs". Thanks
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:44 AM
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I use a dog leash, goes around a leg of a picknick table and around the tail of my plane.
When I'm done flying I put it in my flight box and go home.
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May be a small photo.
I have used a long loop of 3/4inch cord, horse leash, for several years. Chocked around a post, or often over my trailer ball @ private field. Many others have adopted my teather. I always leave it out on the flightline at funfly's.
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Note that I lift the chock up above the fuse then cross each other infront of the vertical stab.
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:14 PM
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I use a metal "U" shapedfork which I hammer fairly deepinto the ground, this also lifts the tailwheel just off the ground .
A collegue of mine in France is using a rope. Last week he was starting a 100cc engined plane, the rope had some slack and when the engine started, the plane jumped forward and the carbon prop cuthis thumb off. It was re-attached in surgery but heneed to wait till next week to see if it was successful, otherwise it will have to be amputated.

Just a heads up -we all can get sometimes a little tame with starting engines - a plane witha slack rope can still get you even if you use a starter.

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Nylon rope loops around the tail and attached to the posts of the field safety fence.

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Old 02-15-2012, 12:55 AM
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My club recently installed concrete 'starting pads' just outside of the pit fence towards the flight line.

Steel tubes with pipe insulation slip into sockets cast in the concrete at different spacing for small/big models.

At the end of the day the tubes are removed & stored in the container, makes it easier for the guys mowing the field.

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