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Old 01-11-2012, 07:59 AM
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Here's a video I did for the Hangar 9 Pawnee review.
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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUIGEay0D0w[/youtube]
Old 01-11-2012, 08:12 AM
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I must say that, I think that was one of the nicest, smoothest tow vids I've ever seen. It looked like a full scale tow. Compliments to both pilots.
Old 01-11-2012, 09:09 AM
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Beautiful!!! nice flying site, definately have to buy one of those cameras.
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Was a really nice job by both pilots as I've seen tow planes go down due to the glider climbing too steep or not steep enough. I was surprised that the flying field is basically next door to a nuke site. I would have thought that the NRC would have forced the site to be shut down as a danger to the reactors after 9/11 and the deal with the guy planning on using an R/C plane as a flying bomb
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Excellent work.

One of the few model videos that has kept my attention for a full four minutes!
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ORIGINAL: Hydro Junkie

Was a really nice job by both pilots as I've seen tow planes go down due to the glider climbing too steep or not steep enough. I was surprised that the flying field is basically next door to a nuke site. I would have thought that the NRC would have forced the site to be shut down as a danger to the reactors after 9/11 and the deal with the guy planning on using an R/C plane as a flying bomb
That would probably be true, but it's not a nuke, just a coal fired power plant with cooling towers.

Thanks for the complements. That may be one of the first tows on the new Pawnee but we've done a lot of towing both with the glider pilots tow planes and my 106" Lanier Husky electric.
Old 01-24-2012, 06:35 PM
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Great video ! We are new to the glider scene,and I am going to be the 'Tug' .I am modifying my 1/3rd PA-18 ( GT-80) for the job. We machined a larger version of the "Bens release" and I mounted it fow'd of the T.E about 8 in behind the c of g. Is this going to be OK,as I can't find much info.I noticed on the Video the tow line catching on the rudder a couple of times,is this a concern ? I did some full size glider flying many years ago,but that was all' low tow".
Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.
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The attachment point on the Pawnee is right behind the canopy, I would say without going out to the garage to look at the plane, its probably 2 or 3 inches aft of the trailing edge of the wing. On our electric Husky's we tow from the trailing edge of the top mounted wing.

The key isn't so much being "at the CG" but you dont want to be on the tail like a full scale tug. What can happen is the sailplane can get above the tug and actually pull up on the tail nosing the tug over.

In probably over 100 tows we have never had an issue with the tow line fouling the rudder. One tow, the line got under the stab/elevator prior to launch and caused some excitement until we released and figured out what happened. Its important to get rid of the slack and make sure the tow line is on top of the stab prior to launch. A piece of music wire, shapped like an L and inserted and glued into the leading edge of the fin, and extending about 1 inch up and angled to the contour of the rudder would prevent the line from getting into the rudder gap but as you can see from the video, it didn't cause any issues.

Any questions, just let me know
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Here's the tow planes.....

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Thank you Andy.

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