Aerotow Emergency Procedures
Aerotow emergency procedures include: glider can not release, towplane can not release, towplane power failure (at various times in the flight), abort of take-off near the ground, rope breaks. During this lesson segment, the student will learn the tools of recovery from these situations.
- Tow-plane wave-off
- Spoilers opening on tow
- Tow-plane signal "something is wrong with the glider"
- Towplane abnormal power on takeoff or climb
- Inadvertent release from tow
- Glider release failure
- Towplane release failure
Practical Test Standards:
Objective. To determine that the applicant:
- Exhibits knowledge of the elements related to aerotow abnormal occurrences, for various situations, such as—
- towplane power loss during takeoff.
- towline break.
- towplane power failure at altitude.
- glider release failure.
- glider and towplane release failure.
- Demonstrates simulated aerotow abnormal occurrences as required by the examiner.
The student must be able to perform
- Successful recognition of towplane power loss on takeoff or climb-out
- Successful rope break recovery.
The student must be able to explain
- Appropriate signals on aerotow for
- Glider can not release
- Towplane can not release
- Something is wrong with the glider
- Procedure for the double-release failure scenario (however unlikely)
- Hazards of moving the glider too high on aerotow.
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