Yorkshire GC, Sutton Bank LAA 560 kg tail wheel with tost retract winch
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"I can summarise the towing experience we have had at Sutton Bank for you, bearing in mind that our site is over 900 feet asl:
13/14 April 2012. Nose wheel EuroFOX G-CGYG RW02, Wind 320/10-15 kts (moderate curl over and turbulence). 2 tows: 1 x K21 dual, 1 x DG1000 dual (20 mtrtips 600 kg auw). Towing performance similar to Super Cub 180 hp, better handling in conditions that were not easy.
16 May 2012. Nose wheel EuroFOX G-CGYG RW24, Wind nil (short 600 mtr runway). 2 tows: 1 x K21 dual, 1x Discus. As above,we were concerned that very light winds on the short runway would challenge the EuroFOX, but this was unfounded. Rate ofclimb with the 2-seaters is slightly less than both Super Cub and Pawnee, but take-off distances are the same.
10 November 2012. Tail dragger EuroFOXG-ETUG RW 20, Wind 170 5-10 kts. Whole afternoon aerotowing the Club and private gliders. A noticeably better tug in tail wheel configuration, with no complaints from the customers! 1 tow worthy of note - DG1000 (20 mtr tips600 kg+) towed with gear down crewed by 2 well-fed airline pilots, one flying like a mediocre 'Bloggs'. Rate of climb at 5000 feet asl showed 350 fpm.
The EuroFOX is easier to fly than both Super Cub and Pawnee, and is much more comfortable and 'refined'. Visibility from the cockpit is good, but tall pilots may need the thinner seat cushions to keep their eye-line well below the wing roots. Take-off and climb performance is similar to both Cub and Pawnee, but the descent profile is much slicker with water cooled cylinder heads enabling quick turn-round between launches.
We have installed a Tost cable retract winch to improve general safety round the site, and will be testing the system thoroughly during the flight testing of our new EuroFOX tail dragger tug. I foresee no particular snags at the moment, and we are working closely with EuroFOX aviation and the LAA to 'approve' the system for all the others that are on order."
Chairman Easterton Gliding Club, Scotland - LAA 560kg - nose wheel glider tug
When I first read about the Eurofox in the Light Aircraft Association magazine, I knew it would be the right machine for our gliding club. Having looked at alternatives for several years, this one seemed to fit the bill.
We have not been disappointed. The aircraft is a delight to fly, copes with allt he gliders we launch from our grass strip and is as economical to run as we anticipated. She drags the club 2 seater off 2 up and has a very similar tow time to the chipmunk. We also towed our Duo Discuss turbo with a 5 kn headwind,2 up, no problem at all. The EuroFOX is a great success and she has behaved impeccably.
I have attached a spreadsheet that compares tow times and charges between our Eurofox and our Chipmunk. As you can see, the Eurofox wins hands down in everyrespect! At the moment, she is bringing in more than twice the budget forecast revenue. I suspect we will be reducing our prices further next summer!
The only down side is we are flying her so much, the hours are rapidly building up! We love her. Thank you for changing the future of our club!
Tug Master Darlton Gliding Club - LAA 560 kg nose wheel glider tug
The Eurofox has enabled us to remove the condition in our planning permission to now allow us to aerotow in addition to winching only (noise concerns). This was brought about by the local councilors visiting our site and witnessing the Eurofox towing our glider fleet. The aircraft makes less noise than our existing VW powered motor glider. On the decision document released by the council, they said "On visiting the site and witnessing the aerotow takeoff, the noise generated is no louder than vehicles travelling on the adjacentroad. We therefore have no objections from a noise poit of view"
Tug Master Nitra Gliding Club - nose wheel glider tug
We have been using the Eurofox in Nitra since 2006. We bought one new for gliding section of our Aeroklub in 2007. Since then it is in continuous operation and we consider its purchase as one of the best investments we have ever made. The brief statistics is 1800 hours in total and 350 a year mostly towing our DuoDiscuss T and other heavy gliders.