Aerotowing Safely

After many years of not re-appearing in the statistics as a significant issue, tug upsets have re-emerged as a serious concern. The rate of tug upset incidents over the past few years indicates that a tug upset accident is more likely now than has been the case for a long time. Key messages are;

The glider becoming too high on tow is the dominant risk to tug pilots, regardless of the tug type in use.

Glider pilots must focus on the task in hand and not allow themselves to be distracted.

Light weight tugs appear to be more vulnerable than heavier tugs to rapid changes in position by the glider on tow.

The solution to being too high on tow, for whatever reason, is at the glider end of the rope.

You can read more about aerotowing safely here.