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What's Better than a stooge for launching?

Post  Sig Skyray on Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:16 pm

Forgive me if this has been presented before.  A search did not turn up results.

How about self-launching?  The simple solutions are the best.  To wit:



Anybody tried this with a gas engine plane?
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Re: What's Better than a stooge for launching?

Post  cox24711 on Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:00 pm

i have seen someone at our club who did it with tent pegs it works well
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Re: What's Better than a stooge for launching?

Post  Davenz13 on Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:19 am

There’s always the two stooge launch.
Find two people stooging round the park and ask them if they’d like help you launch your plane. Most people are very willing to help. Have one stooge stand on the shoulders of the other facing the direction of flight and hand the top stooge the plane with engine running. When you’re ready give the nod to the bottom stooge who as previously instructed will begin to fall forward. When they have reached approx 45 degrees the top stooge will release the plane as he will need both hands to break his fall. Your plane should now be airborne and a couple of low passes is recommended here to ensure the stooges roll clear of the landing area.
Happy flying.
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Re: What's Better than a stooge for launching?

Post  Marleysky on Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:33 am

I would think the "Three Stooge" stooge would be foolproof, or was that fuel proof? One to watch, one to hold, and one to pick up the pieces.

I do like the vid of that spool method. It seems like it'd work with glow powered engines.
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Re: What's Better than a stooge for launching?

Post  Sig Skyray on Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:49 am

Davenz13 wrote:There’s always the two stooge launch.
Find two people stooging round the park and ask them if they’d like help you launch your plane. Most people are very willing to help. Have one stooge stand on the shoulders of the other facing the direction of flight and hand the top stooge the plane with engine running. When you’re ready give the nod to the bottom stooge who as previously instructed will begin to fall forward. When they have reached approx 45 degrees the top stooge will release the plane as he will need both hands to break his fall. Your plane should now be airborne and a couple of low passes is recommended here to ensure the stooges roll clear of the landing area.
Happy flying.  
lol!

Thanks Davenz, the 2 stooge launch is quite common knowledge in these parts and of course I tried that, and it works fine Wink The problem is often there are no people to persuade to help at my flying field. :-)
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Re: What's Better than a stooge for launching?

Post  duke.johnson on Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:55 am

The best stooges I've used are my flying buddies, but they hate to be called stooges. Sometimes they won't even launch if I call them a stooge. Go figure.
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Re: What's Better than a stooge for launching?

Post  KariFS on Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:00 pm

duke.johnson wrote:The best stooges I've used are my flying buddies, but they hate to be called stooges. Sometimes they won't even launch if I call them a stooge. Go figure.

No wonder, especially if their names happen to be Larry, Curly and Moe lol!
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