The weather has slowed the conversion process down somewhat, but G-MOYR has risen to all the challenges thrown her way. With 60% of the airfield waterlogged and unusable much of the aero towing has been off a soft runway 24, or from the footpath side of runway 20 opposite the caravans. Neither run is longer than 600 metres but EuroFox tows the DG’s and K21’s very safely; as the instructors and glider pilots get used to the tug taking off before the glider, the whole procedure is becoming safer and more routine. The turn round time between tows is working out slightly quicker than the Cub/Pawnee operation.
In order to avoid carrying unnecessary mass into the air, we are recommending using the left tank as reserve with about 10 litres fuel and the tank cock off, and using the right tank (40 litres) as the main supply to the engine. That fuel load is good for about 15 tows, and 2 hours towing at a stretch is enough for anyone before a cup of tea becomes a safety essential!
As a result of feedback from our tuggies we are going to move the heel plates forward so that boot heels rest on the plate not the carpet (I think it must be me that’s deformed, having located the plate position during the build!), and remind everyone that there is no need to attempt to force the doors open during the pre-take off checks using the door frame; just a visual check of the latch at the bottom is all that’s required (’cos we’re getting a bit tired of ‘rebuilding’ the doors each week). Gorilla (Pawnee) flying techniques are not required, and the bigger tug pilot can remove the seat cushions to give more cockpit space if required, using a thin shock foam one instead.
Let’s hope the weather starts improving soon. G-MOYR can then really show us what she capable of as a glider tug, and to the tug pilots who have not flown EuroFox yet - you will love it!