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There are already so many tow releases on the market. What was the motivation to develop the G-Link?

  • I was always bit annoyed of fiddling around with the usual two string releases.
  • I also found the mounting to the harness a bit awkward and a bit stressful when preparing to the towing (we have a very efficient winch operation; o).
  • The decisive factor however was, that I experienced repeated unwanted releases with my last tow release. All it took was a light touch with the knee when searching for the pod.

Some simple research on the internet has revealed that an alarming number of systems have a potential to cause security problems. At the same time I also found simple (apparently proven) solutions from the hangglider area with pin and release sleeve (s) e.g.  UL-Flash-Competition and Instinct Windsports. Since I saw no reason why a similar system shouldn't be used for paragliders, I built a first prototype.

Many other versions followed in order to find the optimal splicing method and to develop special CNC milled parts made of high resistance alloy.

 G-Link prototypes

The flight tests were very convincing and the device proved to be extremely practical and comfortable. I have therefore decided to have the tow release certified and make it available to other pilots.

The splicing of the ropes is very time-consuming and is lovingly handcrafted in switzerland.

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