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Winch Launch!

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Lots of help form the workshop crew.

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It goes up like a kite...a big, big kite.

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We started the day with introductions and a little classroom theory from Bill Daniels. Bill came out from Colorado to mentor us in flying the glider during a winch launch. Bill has been winching for many years and is a CFIG (instructor).

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Frank Whiteley, also out from Colorado, was our expert winchmeister. He first started winching in England over 20 years ago and is a passionate advocate. Here he gives us the basics before we position the winch. Both Bill and Frank were top notch, with extensive knowledge of the subject, a ton of experience, great attitudes and obvious skill. We have made hundreds of smooth launches since their visit.

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During our first few launches we found some splices in the rope that we decided to re-do. Rope breaks are rare, as with aero-tow, but when they do occur, they are handled easily by the pilot due to the length of the runway ahead and the altitude so quickly attained.

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Staging #1.

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Locked and loaded.

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0-60 in about three seconds. What a great feeling.

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Just airborne. Click HERE  for a short video of the launch.

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Already enough speed to begin rotation into a 45 degree climb.

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About 40 seconds later the Grob 103 is at 2000AGL.

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The connecting ring back-releases automatically when the winch reduces power at the top of the climb. The pilot can also pull the release if desired.

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The parachute is then reeled in...

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And dropped with precision.

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Steve Wheeler's Ask-21 grids next. This is Steve's first winch ride, too. Bill usually demonstrates a few launches before handing the controls over to the student pilot.

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Fast start.

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The 21 gets a nice high launch!  Glider pilots wishing to obtain a ground-launch endorsement, or ANYONE wishing to experience an exhilarating and memorable ride, are most welcome. I post the winch launching days on "The Daily Schedule" (click  the "Calendar&Links" page below). We do aero-tow on these days also.

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Leaving the planet.

There are a couple of winch training documents in pdf format on the "videos+" page. Glider pilots coming to earn their Ground Launch Endorsement will want to read these.

The price for rides, instruction and the Ground Launch Endorsement package is here.