Don’t be maimed, be restrained.
Looking through the June edition of RC Model World I came across an article on the Airopult. As RC Scale secretary for the Cork Model Aero Club I instantly thought this is a must have safety item for our two, often quite busy sites. I went online and ordered one straight away. Within a matter of days, it arrived.
With anticipation I opened the box. Initially I thought it was nicely packed and everything there. Only to find that with the way the unit was packed the adjustment screws were facing downwards, the weight during transit fractured one of the plastic topped screws. A quick email to Keeley had one in the post. Excellent customer service.
The weekend came and Saturday was a washout, On Sunday, the sun came out and up to the flying field I went. My fellow pilots where very curious to see this very modern looking contraption being laid out in the pits. I used 160mm brass hook ended screws as ground pegs as it allowed easy installation and removal placed through the holes and automatically looped over the rear of the Airopult. See photo.
I had practiced setting it up on the living room floor so the initial setup was no problem. I selected the tricycle under carriage option as the Spitfire has a near vertical under carriage and low wing height. I filled her up, connected the glow plug battery, held the starter with both hands and fired her up. It was very strange as it is your impulse to grab onto the plane, after a short time you become confident that the restraint will hold. I checked the rpm of the engine and ran her up to full throttle. It did not move an inch. Wonderful.
By this point I was gathering an audience. I stood back, tapped the safety catch, pressed the pad and taxied her forward. I love the way everything falls flat and there is no obstructions to catch on.
The pros speak for themselves but there is only ONE con. If your club is a very sociable and your fellow pilots always lend a hand I found it hard to say to them that I no longer need a helping hand. My son who often accompanies me as my wingman suddenly said “Dad you’ve made me redundant!” He will still help me take the planes to the strip.
I look forward to trying it out on my other models as the need requires.
RC Scale Sec.
Cork Model Aero Club