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Old 02-28-2003, 02:41 AM
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How many people have tried towing sailplanes aloft by using winches put on other planes wings? I have tried it, with poor luck on both sides. Glider and "mule"(carrier). The mule was the Hangar 9 Xtra Easy. Stock engine and winch. Surprised me when it took off with a Hobbyshack Ridge Runt. The release failed and had to land with plane still there. When it did work, glider did not haver enough airspeed and fell like a rock. Tried the same winch (slightly modified) on an Avistar. Worked better, except that the winch feel apart and glider slid forward, being munched by prop. Haven't tried since. I take a high-start anyday.

Old 02-28-2003, 11:49 AM
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I built a small flatbat glider to put on the back of Kraut's Debby...it works GREAT!!! What a BLAST!!! Here's more on it:

Old 02-28-2003, 01:00 PM
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I've been towed a few times by a Sig Senior Kadet with wing sailplane harness. (I forget the brand name, but it was the type that looks like the framework of a rectangular box, with two releasable straps securing the sailplane wing)

The only problems we had was the mule had to be flown at a reduced speed. You want just enough speed to gain altitude, otherwise the sailplane can shift in the cradle. The mule needs to turn gently -- very gently, otherwise the sailplane wings will dip while on the cradle. This is especially true when towing large wings. ( 99 + inches) I found it best to turn using only rudder trim
for control until release of the sailplane.

I usually fly with power-pod, but an occasional tow is a great change of pace.
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Here's one easy way to do it. I'd be interested to see others.
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Old 02-28-2003, 04:56 PM
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We do it both ways. The mother ship is a SR falcon with a rack on top. It works well but flys with rudder only when it has a glider on. I like both methods. The mother will not carry my Kamiak. Its too big. Gotta winch that one. Building new winch though. My old one is older than I am, and I am not that young. both work well though.

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