Nice Job on the Wiga, As you know I'm doing a review on this plane for Rc Sport Flyer Magazine, its just about done and I think its a pretty neat little plane. I'm using a DLE 30 gas motor.
I hope to fly the plane this weekend, although its supposed to be very cold out. We'll see.
Sorry your question went unanswered, we got excited about hearing from Richard King. No, you do not pay the Tug Pilots. When you attend aerotow events, the host club or group will supply the tow planes and pilots.
In many cases, other attending pilots will bring tow planes and help out when needed or do the towing. Either way, a simple " thanks for the tow" as you release is all that's needed.
If you only fly sailplanes, you have no idea how much work it is for tow pilots. Yes, its a blast to do, but after 40-50 straight tows, its time to switch off and give the neck a rest. During last years JR Aerotow event, there had to be at least 1000 tows done over the week I was there. ( 100 were just Rick Shelby ) lol
There is a tow loop that goes in the nose of the sailplane, ready to hook up to the incoming tow line. Once the tug lands, quickly take the plane out to the line, take the tow loop off the tow line fishing swivel and hook it to your sailplane.
The key is you must have the loop already in your sailplanes tow release and have the plane turned on and ready to go.................That right there is payment enough..!!!!!!