The YGC EuroFox is coming up to her next 50 hour check after a thorough 150 hour check up last month by Inspector Mark. The 50 hour ‘cycle’ of checks means that the Rotax servicing requirements are easily fitted into the LAA system. Mark carried out compression checks and arranged gearbox torque checks in addition to cutting open the oil filter to check for nasties; G-MOYR got a clean bill of health and will get a new set of spark plugs when we do the 50 hour check this week (different plugs to the 80 hp 912 noted!).
We are achieving monthly hours of nearly 50 on our EuroFox, and are delighted with our (not so) new tug. She is a delight to fly and operate, and straight forward to work on and maintain in pristine condition. G-MOYR has now topped the 900 aerotow mark, and will probably account for over half the tows at Sutton Bank this year. Climb rates with the big 2-seaters are slower (30 secs to 1 minute to 2000 feet) but the retract winch and the fast descents made possible by the Rotax 912 make for noticeably quicker turn round times. 1000 foot training tows (glider circuit training) give launch rates quicker than winch launching! Next year’s cost review may well result in further reductions in launch fees.
…..and we have ordered another!