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Old Jul 10, 2014, 03:14 AM
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Gratuities for tow plane pilots

Just wondering if there is a standard or expected gratuity or some form of compensation provided to tow plane pilots by the glider guys for the services and risks associated with their towing activities?
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 04:40 AM
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You'd want to be careful doing that, MFNZ might see it as flying for cash and withdraw the tug pilots wings.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 05:16 AM
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I believe most RC tug pilots enjoy their job so much they are happy to do if for free. However I think a contribution towards the tug's fuel costs is a nice gesture from the glider pilots, especially at events where there are a lot of gliders. I might go through several litres of fuel during a busy day towing and with petrol at over $2 per litre could easily consume $10 of fuel a day. But I think this should be at the discretion of the organisers and not mandatory.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 07:49 AM
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Buy them lunch, or buy them a beer at days end.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 08:10 AM
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I actually enjoy flying the tow plane more than flying the sailplane. On a busy weekend I may go through a gallon of gas or more.
To me it's just the cost of doing business,.....AKA.... having fun. If the organisers want to chip in for fuel, great, but I'm certainly not going to ask for it.

Cheers,
Dave.

EDIT...I forgot to add...At the Yakima aerotow, if you were a tug pilot, there was no entry fee, so essentially your gas was paid for.
Nice gesture on their part. I paid the fee, regardless, the money helps the local club.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:29 AM
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Filling the gas can or buying a burger would be nice but I don't expect anything when i do it, as Dave said, its part of the fun.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:10 AM
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Agreed, no gratuities expected. I have as much fun running the tug as I do flying a glider.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 04:28 PM
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Agreed, no gratuities expected. I have as much fun running the tug as I do flying a glider.
Yeah ... same. Sometimes I tow, sometimes I get towed. It all balances out. And if you don't tow, worry not. The tug pilot is havin' a blast too.

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Old Jul 10, 2014, 04:32 PM
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Yea, most of our regulars fly both so we just take turns towing.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 06:03 PM
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Be careful here in the US also....what with the new FAA regs about "commercial" R/C flight....
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:57 PM
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I know with our tow days its now $2 a tow to help out the tug pilots. Most guys do it for the fun but I know the gesture is appreciated.
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Old Jul 11, 2014, 06:25 PM
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I know with our tow days its now $2 a tow to help out the tug pilots. Most guys do it for the fun but I know the gesture is appreciated.
Not a bad price, some of the tow pilots around here could retire on that income alone! two dollars a tow... sound like another profession I know of

On the other side of it there are quite a few pilots who would line up with a basket of $ingles to be towed all day!

Remember folks, treat your tow pilots well and you shall be rewarded with sky high tows

Tony
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Old Jul 11, 2014, 06:48 PM
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My reward comes when the glider pilot releases the towline at 5-600 meters and says, "Thank you, great tow!"

I did, however, recently add this to the tug.....all in good fun, of course.
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