Scooter towing at Fornebu

1800: Øyvind Ellefsen phones me and ask if I want to go scooter towing at Fornebu with the new 125cc scooter. But I was about to eat dinner and had promised to lay some remaining tiles at the bath rom this evening so I told him that I could not come.
1830: Dinner eaten and permission given to go flying.
1831: I am out of the door.
1900: Arriving at Fornebu, meeting with Steinar, Øyvind, Sindre and Olaf. The latter just for a short visit to look at the “facilities”.

As I arrived the scooter and tow line was ready and we just had to rig the Falcon 2 170 school glider I brought with me to be ready to fly. It was some cross wind but not a problem to launch or tow. We got 2-3 tows each and also operated the scooter 2-3 times each. The 125cc is as easy to use as the 50cc; the only difference is that you have to speed up a little more softly, but after a few seconds it is full throttle and about 5500 rpm all the way up. With about 400 metres of tow line today we got a maximum of 180 metres of altitude, and this was with good head wind. With 50 metres longer line Steinar got an altitude of about 230 metres. Max lift in the tow was around 6 m/s. Nice evening and a good test for the 125cc. If we pull out more of the tow line we can easily do altitude flights (minimum 250 metres) on our courses with this scooter. The main problem will probably be to find a long enough field.

Photo by Steinar Sverd.

Some pictures from the day HERE.

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