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Old 09-13-2018, 07:59 AM
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Anyone ever heard of using an RV10 as a glider tow plane? Seems reasonable. Any idea what mods would be needed besides the tow rope hookup? (Of course this would not be for hire or any commercial application.)
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:02 AM
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Unless the boiler plate Operating Limitations have changed, Experimental A/B aircraft are explicitly forbidden from acting as glider tow aircraft.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:04 AM
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Hmmmm...... Cooling would be a problem. I'd also want to strengthen the structure the hook attaches in the tail.

Keep in mind when you're dragging a glider around you are going to need to pitch for 60-70 kts and climb to release altitude (for the glider). While the -10 is a remarkable airplane, I am doubtful of this application.

(Also, what he said ^^^)
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:28 AM
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If I held my -10 at 60 -70 knots for a full power climb at a site with ground temps near 100 the cylinders would melt and run out of the cowl. It would probably be a very short tow.

I have towed behind a Sterman at a contest. Those were the shortest 2,000' tows, it was hard to maintain a high tow position.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:29 AM
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Got my operating limitations two weeks ago, and this is still a prohibited activity.
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:46 AM
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I have been a towpilot for 40 years. Even if it was legal, my -10 would require significant modification to the cowling to keep the engine cooled enough. This mod would then cause significant drag increase in cruise. It is my opinion that it is the wrong tool for the job...
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:55 AM
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Got my operating limitations two weeks ago, and this is still a prohibited activity.
Us too, it is in the limitations and yes I agree. Wrong tool for the job "Pawnee, Pawnee and Pawnee" just my thoughts.
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:07 PM
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Us too, it is in the limitations and yes I agree. Wrong tool for the job "Pawnee, Pawnee and Pawnee" just my thoughts.
Yours, R.E.A. III #80888
Yeah, but L-19 works pretty well too.
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Old 09-15-2018, 01:23 PM
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Yeah, but L-19 works pretty well too.
As does the Call Air!

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Old 09-15-2018, 01:45 PM
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Towing is in fact currently prohibited with Experimental/AB aircraft.

I tow my neighbor a lot in his L-19. As mentioned, that is a really sweet airplane for that function.

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