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Old 01-15-2020, 10:16 AM
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A Cessna 182 owner mounted a 12v winch centered on the back wall close to the floor of his t-hangar. He ran a cable with a wye to the main gear legs down close to the wheels. He put the winch control box at the end of a 40-ish foot long cable. He steered the plane using the tow bar while the winch pulled the plane backwards into the hangar. There were stripes painted on the ramp and hangar floor for lateral guidance.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:21 AM
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If pulling an aircraft backwards with a reversed tow bar, when the tail starts
moving in one direction, the tow bar will move in the opposite direction, thus
aggravating the situation. The idea might work if the rope is routed through the
tail tie down ring before tying it to the tow bar. Then there is the concern of
the rope damaging the com antenna.
If 120 volts is available, I like Jim Stricker's idea of using a hoist. Amazon has
a similar looking HOIST for $80 with free shipping.
Using the pulley will reduce the speed and initial jerk.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:35 AM
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It would be nice to have a quick easy way to lock the nose fork in place.
Then the plane could be pulled backwards with a boat winch.
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:21 PM
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A Cessna 182 owner mounted a 12v winch centered on the back wall close to the floor of his t-hangar. He ran a cable with a wye to the main gear legs down close to the wheels. He put the winch control box at the end of a 40-ish foot long cable. He steered the plane using the tow bar while the winch pulled the plane backwards into the hangar. There were stripes painted on the ramp and hangar floor for lateral guidance.
That's how we parked F-15s into Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HAS) in Germany back in the 80s (no doubt it's till done that way now). Of course everything was upgraded to accommodate much heaver aircraft... First time you watch it being done was almost scary as there were only inches between the wing tips and the walls of the Gen 1 HAS's. But with the pilot riding brakes "just-in-case" an expierenced lone crew chief could winch back a jet undercover pretty quick.
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:27 PM
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Just consider it good exercise.
You probably need it. 8^)
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Old 01-15-2020, 03:06 PM
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I think he flew today, to Camarillo and back, so maybe he's looking at this thread once it's time to get his RV-12 back into the hangar.
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Old 01-15-2020, 03:13 PM
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Had the same problem at a small airport in Tennessee. The electric winch, remote control and line attached to the tail tiedown worked perfectly with no damage to my RV-9a.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:36 PM
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i used to use a winch to put a piper warrior away. whether the nose wheel is controlled by pedals or not you need a tow bar on the nose gear to guide it in place as it is winched. you can not winch it in without it. may go in once in a while but most times needs corrections along the way.
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:18 PM
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I just hook my $50 tractor and pull it.

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