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The G-Link has not been tested by the DHV. Can it still be used in Germany?

The G-Link has been certified by Air Turquoise according to NfL 2-565-20 (aka LTF-HG/GS). It may also be used legally in Germany.

 

Pre-acceleration is not possible with the G-Link. Why?

In our opinion, pre-acceleration offers no advantage with modern gliders. Most pilots today do not hook in the pre-acceleration, even if their handle has a system for pre-acceleration. Hooking up the risers is unnecessarily complicated. Pre-acceleration systems can have their own problems, such as limitation of accelerator travel in flight or possible symmetry problems if a Brummel hook should come loose.

 

Why TWO barrel releases?

Since the towing loop has to travel a relatively long way through the ring on the tow rope when it is triggered (which in practice only takes a fraction of a second), there is a theoretical risk that it will get caught on the tow rope or ring. Therefore, the G-Link should not be operated with just a single barrel release. The second, redundant release option offers, in addition to increased safety of the functionality, the advantage, that the release hand can be selected as required according to the situation (e.g. if you have to countersteer with the right hand because of a glider malfunction). Additionally the towing sling can be easily dismounted and stowed after release or during breaks between tows.

 

The G-Link has a movable point of pull. How does this work?

In contrast to other tow releases, the ring of the tow rope can move freely in the towing loop and aligns itself with the winch. If the flight direction does not match the towing direction, this has the following effects compared to a normal latch with a fixed point of pull:

  • both carabiners remain under tension
  • the alignment of the pilot and the glider remains synchronous
  • there is no increased drift as a result of the greater load on the outside (which would correspond to an according body steering)

This is all an advantage, but it differs from the behavior that may have been practiced with other tow releases and can therefore seem a bit strange at first

 

Wouldn't a tow adapter attachment be advantageous?

lark's head attachment

In the past, towing adapters were recommended because they promise an optimal application of the towing force. Unfortunately, however, there have been incidents where the metal rings have broken as a result of faulty workmanship, or pilots have only hooked onto the adapter instead of the adapter and riser. If you prefer, you can attach the G-Link analog to a towing adapter around the riser and carabiner (see manual variant 1). However, we recommend looping in using a lark's head directly on the front of the carabiner (see manual variant 2) with the carabiner opening on the back. This way, the force application is straight and the harness suspension is not twisted by the drag. The latch can remain on the harness even if the risers are detached from the harness between towings.

 

How does the price of the G-Link come about?

It would also be conceivable to simply close the loops by knots ... Deciding that knots are neither beautiful nor practical and that splicing is the method to be used, the search for the best technique followed. Since the goal was not the simplest but the best solution, this eventually led to the "locked brummel" splice, which secures itself without additional stitching. Unfortunately, splicing a closed loop by means of "locked brummel" is geometrically impossible, unless the rope is opened and split into its 12 chords and then manually rebraided. Therefore, a considerable amount of manual work goes into every G-Link. The aluminum parts are made of high-strength AW-7075 aluminum and are CNC machined. The result is a simple, very safe and cool tow release, which hopefully gives a lot of pleasure but admittedly is not cheap. Without moving the manufacture to a low-wage country, it does not go cheaper with honest calculation.

 

What is the difference between the 1st series and the current version?

In the 1st series, the attachment loop consists of an open loop, two separate lines lead from the pin into the barrel. In the current version, the attachment loop has a spliced eye at the pin and only one common line leads through the barrel. The design now prevents the pin from accidentally passing through the attachment loop when closing the release. Apart from protection against this operating error, the two versions are equivalent in practical use.

 

 

Does the G-Link come in other colors?

The ropes of the G-Link are normally in the neutral color silver. Special designs in other colors are possible on request.