Starting out with a F1A

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    I have a Junior glider that has been completely built but remains unflown in a box. Recently I located a small field that looks like I can tow and get down in, if I am careful. The suggestion I got was to first tow with the hook unlatched, which sounds like good advice. I was wondering though what would be a good starting length of towline? I would like to tow lower to get the feel of it and not get too high. Is this a good idea? If so, is there a length that is shorter than full length that would be safe for circle towing (or my attempt at it0 😕
    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Also, is F1A the same as A1 for the AMA category?


    Hi Phil

    Deal with the last question first, F1A would be the same as AMA Nordic A/2. AMA A/1 glider should be the same as F1H.

    Regarding tow line lengths, practice with the full 50 meter line, you will get into less trouble as a short line requires quick reflexes and more importantly when circle towing you need to be able to pull in or pay out line to get the feel for what the model is doing especially on the down wind leg of the circle. Wit a short line ….disaster 😡



    Thank you for the reply. I will try your suggestion. I have seen others circle tow and want to experience it for myself. 😯


    When I was learning to tow, the best advice given to me was to let go of the line if the nose of the glider was pointed below horizontal while traveling to the side. If you don’t, it will only take a couple of seconds to turn and fly straight down into the ground. If you wait until it is actually heading down, you may freeze and need to pick up the pieces. This won’t happen after the model is overhead, but occurs if the line is more horizontal than vertical usually during the launch and climb phase where line tension is higher.

    Also, to be sure you are launching straight into the wind, look at the towline between you and the model. If it is bowed to one side or the other, you are crosswind.


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