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Thread: Aircraft tie downs, this could have been a hard lesson

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    Aircraft tie downs, this could have been a hard lesson

    I was out of town during the recent wind event in south central Alaska. I, like everyone else was keeping a close eye on wind speed and direction. I did have someone drop by dad's Cub and send me photos of the condition of the plane and all was well. The wind was coming from the side, and wasn't too strong over at Birchwood. The tail covers even stayed in place with their worn out velcro.

    I finally got to inspect the plane in person and found this:
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    Long story short, fortunately this was the downwind tie down. Obviously if the wind had changed direction not only would dad's Cub have been screwed, any other plane it landed on would have been also. I would have officially become "that guy" who nobody wants to be.

    I have never seen a tie down shackel with safety wire before and it's quite embarrassing that I had never thought to wire one myself. So I am posting this close call hoping that all who read this who don't already safety their shackels will spend a few minutes and do so. Perhaps even wiring up planes parked around yours. If someone asks what you are doing just remember it's easier to ask forgiveness than ask for permission.
    "Always looking up"
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    The airport here pulls a drag in winter to smooth the surfaces. They told me wiring or mousing the chain shackles had to be done after they lost a few pins then had the drag turn sideways between parked planes.


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