Static Tow Location

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Static Tow Location

Postby wes » Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:51 pm

I have spoken with the owner of Gateway Airpark (Keith Smith) https://www.facebook.com/GatewayAirpark/ and he can static tow gliders on his 2,000ft air strip. Additionally, he told me that we can also use the Greenfield Airport with their 4,000ft airfield to tow there as well. I'm super excited!
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Re: Static Tow Location

Postby SamKellner » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:14 pm

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Re: Static Tow Location

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:00 pm

Way to go, Wes!!!!!

That's how we have to grow the sport ... by making things happen!!!

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Re: Static Tow Location

Postby Bill Cummings » Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:57 pm

Two thousand is short for towing until you can handle 10 to 15 mph wind.
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Re: Static Tow Location

Postby wes » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:02 pm

Yes, Bill, you're right about that! I've recently spoken with Steve Wendt from BluSky Virginia Hang Gliding, who has been teaching students exclusively on surface tows for decades, and he educated me on length of airfields, among other things. I am planning on visiting his school sometime in the fall to become more familiar with all these systems. I'm not convinced anymore that Lookout is geographically suitable to learn surface towing in the way that I want to implement it here in the St. Louis area.

It's going to take a bit longer than I thought, but if I don't do it, no one will.
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