Because this Blog is updated regularly it is a good idea to visit at least once a week so as not to miss anything. If however you are not a regular visitor, please use the archive links, at the bottom of the side bar on the right, to view postings that have moved off the main page. Or type a key word in the search block in the black bar at the top left and click on "SEARCH BLOG" and it will take you to the posting within our Blog. (For instance, type "Jart" and all the post that mention Jart will open) The Label at the bottom of a post can also be used. Click to get all posts with the same label together!
This BLOG is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024x768. Click here to get instructions on how to adjust your monitor to these settings.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Aerotow open letter

Hi Michel,

Thanks for the lovely post on gliding in Italy , as Derek mentioned there is talk of possible doing something here in S.A .
On the left you see Kens Ka8 about to lift off, you can see the red marker on the tow line on the right.
The guys in Durban (Russ and his sidekicks ) and the guys at J.OM.A.C. are into aero towing, in fact at JOMAC they are now only launching this way and have a lot of experience. Groengoud field would be a better option than JOMAC for aerotowing as its all lawn and one can always take off into wind, and landings are easy. Charl is also keen to make a strip /runway into wind on his grass farm, and this could be another venue.

So whats the hold up... we need a few competent glider pilots who can also fly a tug and then we need a couple of big tugs , I mean big, 100 to 150cc size.(Wilga's Pawnee's or Cubs would do nicely and fit the scale profile.)

The JOMAC tug is an Ugly Stik (big version) with a 1.5cu in fourstroke and it tows up gliders in the 3.5 to light 4mtr class , Adrian is the tug pilot and knows his stuff , so he could help and advise.

In discussions with most of the guys who fly big gliders at the slope, there are plenty of guys who would be keen to explore this method of launching and it would give us the oppurtunity to fly the big stuff more often.

Michel if you want to drive this idea , I am sure there would be support.



ps. Get yourself a copy of Paul Natons(radio carbon art)PRO AEROTOW, the 10mtr ETA being aerotowed is mind boggling.


Michel said...

Thanks Mike for your detailed answer. I have in the mean time taken contact with Boris von Walter, he flies Power and gliders. He is a very good pilot and has done some professional 3D flying in Germany. He is keen to do aero-tow, he has at present two big power planes, an electric 2-2,5 m and a fuel 3D-3m with a 120cc motor. I will, if necessary, get together with him and get the right plane/motor for the job.
I'm very keen to get this off the ground and get the "Scale Models" a good chance!

Michel said...

BTW, Mike, I have almost all of the Paul Naton's DVDs on gliding. His latest one "Pro Aerotow Scale Soaring" is fantastic.

John said...

More info on JOMAC aerotow here.