MrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 984 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 12786 times:
A set of heavy duty nylon cargo tiedown straps for pickup trucks can do a good job too, especially if they have a friction-based lock - just as strong as (or stronger than) rope, takes 10 seconds per side and no need to learn knots.
N231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12724 times:
At BGSU, we kind of cheat. We have these nylon straps with hooks at either end, and a unique tightening device. All I have to do is attach one hook to the airplane, and the other, to the ground, and push a button on the device and pull until I get the tightness I want. If I decide to fly the airplane later, then I push a button on the device and push the extra slack into it, and then remove the hooks.
This airplane is positioned properly. Because it is positioned behind the wing tie-downs, it is properly anchored in both directions. Even if this airplane wasn't chocked, it wouldn't roll forward or backward, because the wing and tail tie-downs are opposing each other.
Buzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12711 times:
Hi JAGflyer, Buzz here. I saw a recent magazine article AOPA Flight Training and there was a section on tie-downs and knots. You might find it on line.
A paragraph in the 1947 Aeronca Champ manual cautions pilots to tie down the aircraft anytime you leave it... empty weight is about 800 lbs or less, so these are pretty much Classic Ultralights. I keep my distance from helicopters.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6818 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 12694 times:
Just to add additional info to what everyone is saying here (and I used to be a lineboy ), the objective of tying down an aircraft is 1) make sure the plane stays on the ground during a gust of wind 2) make sure the plane can't be moved by the wind and 3) make sure the rope/chain slack is secured in such a way that it can't get blown into the aircraft itself on a gusty day (#3 is the one I call line personnel on all the time when I take a rented 172 cross-country...).
If there is a lot of slack rope/chain left over after tying the aircraft down, tie the rope/chain off using a single knot spaced every 18 inches or so (half a meter for you metric dudes ). Most chain tiedown setups have an extra hook in the chain for tying off the slack or adjusting a high-wing tiedown for a low-winged aircarft, but I've encountered ones that don't.
Also, if you make the rope so tight that it is pulling the aircraft, back off-the aircraft owner won't be too happy when they come back out to the plane.
Remember, treat every plane like it's your baby. You will be rewarded with complements by aircraft owners, and word spreads fast about poor line service (check out airnav.com and the FBO comments at your favorite airport!).
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 12640 times:
One trick I used to use back in the day when I was flying general aviation a lot... tie the two wings down first, then using the tail tiedown rope, pull the airplane back to snug up the wings nicely before tying the tail down. Makes the airplane very snugly tied down compared with just tying 3 knots.
JAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3741 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12589 times:
One of the more experienced rampers showed me how to do the tie down. A few people have shown me but I didn't get it really until today. We make one knot, "lock it" by doing another knot, repeat that knot a bit lower and then do another basic knot (just a quick figure eight as back up). I'll figure it out after I do it a few times. All the rampers do it the same way. Only the students/pilots do it different. :p I still prefer chocks. We die down each wing and the tail. No tie down at the olio.
I am doing my high school co-op at an airport as a line guy. So I gotta know how to tie down a plane
[Edited 2006-09-30 05:00:38]
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2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8957 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 12534 times:
Quoting FlyMatt2Bermud (Reply 18): I think you should patent the bright (remove before flight) red tie down ropes in your photo examples!!
You know, come to think of it, I've only ever seen non-white tiedown ropes once. They were bright yellow. Because they were made from a hard plastic-like material (and not fabric), knots wouldn't hold at all. You may be on to something, though....it seems logical to make tiedown ropes a bright color.