Len, I live on norhem Italy close to Venice. My group ( I'm the President) is called Jonathan Aerotowing Group ( website : www.gajnervesa.it ). We are flying big gliders 1/3 mostly and 1/2.5 scale. Our activity is 90% aerotowing. I personally live close to the mountains so I go for to slope soaring too. Just 20' by car and I've a fantastic slope at 1350 mt . Good thermalling conditions and large space for landing.
What about you guys? I'm quite interested to know more abouti you ...Where you usually fly, events, etcc...
Thank you for the information. I like the wing dolly, nice work. Since this is an international website, aimed at connecting pilots like you and me all around the globe, I will start a thread on here that asks everyone to show us where they fly. You sparked a very good idea. I hope you have shared this site with your club members. We are very interested in learning more and seeing more international members conversing on the forums.
On the front page of the main website, on the lower right side there is a google translator, which will turn the site into any language for those unable to read English.
I personally fly in Connecticut here in the United States. My local club, Propbusters, in Salem CT, is supportive of aerotowing although its a predominantly a power club. Its on the Eastern Coast of the US. Unfortunately, there are no good slopes around my area, so we travel t many aerotow events around the country. I also like larger sailplanes, for many reasons including the ability to see them better and they just fly good.
The big event that happens once a year is in IL, called the "JR Aerotow". Its hosted by JR Radios and Horizon Hobbies. Its a wonderful time and many pilots come from far away to fly there for a week. Its a 17 hour drive for me, but worth it. That's the furthest one I currently drive to, although this year I may fly to a few others on the West Coast of the USA.
I love to fly off slopes. I had the chance to go to Switzerland two summers ago and had a blast. I wish there was something close to me.
Hopefully, others will also post their sites too. You can learn more about the events being held by looking in the EVENTS section on the forum.
It's not complicated, bigger is better.
Your linkage between the servo and the control surface looks rock solid. Like you, I have switched to using longer control horns and larger fairings, giving up on the "clean" look in favor of solid linkages.
I bet you could sell those wing dollies! I would buy a couple of them for my gliders.
Those wings are absolutely gorgeous. I hope mine come out half that nice.