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Old Jan 25, 2013, 02:41 PM
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Tow release

Hi All,

I'm not a glider guy, but was reading an article in RCFlyer mag about setting up a tow release on a tow plane and was wondering how that works.

If a tow plane is towing a glider and releases the line what happens to the line? Does it stay on the glider?

Thanks

Tom
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 02:58 PM
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Yes until the glider releases. Its meant for emergencies only
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 03:00 PM
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The towplane does not release the line during a normal tow, the glider does. The towplane then has two options. One, if the field is unobstructed it can land with the line still attached. Two, if the field precludes landing with the line still attached the towplane can fly over and drop the line, then circle around and land.

In an emergency situation either/both the towplane or glider could release, as a towline replacement is likely much cheaper than either towplane or glider.

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Old Jan 26, 2013, 08:48 AM
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AAHHHH. Got it, thanks.
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