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Old 11-03-2018, 04:01 PM
jpowell13 jpowell13 is offline
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Default Tie downs

We had a little wind at Baton Rouge airport night before last. The Cessna was next to my 6A on the right, and the Piper was a couple of planes over to the left. I've always focused on making sure my plane was well secured, but never thought much about the planes around mine. We have several abandoned planes on the south ramp at BTR. An old Rockwell with flat tires parked right next to me has those cheap ratcheting straps to hold it down. When I looked at them, I saw they were totally rotted so I went ahead and bought some nylon rope and secured it better. It would be a shame to see all your hard work wiped out by a plane that takes off without a pilot on board. John

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Old 11-03-2018, 04:37 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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That's right - the planes around yours need to be tied down well, too. That sort of fratricide is not uncommon.

However, I'd like to make one suggestion - next time, don't get nylon. Get polyester or one of the marine high-tech ropes. They don't stretch as much and often it's the stretch that leads to the plane bouncing or moving around and then the dynamic overload causes the failure.

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Old 11-03-2018, 06:25 PM
jpowell13 jpowell13 is offline
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Thanks David. Will do.
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