Hand-prop your airplane safely!

Most experienced pilots who fly aircraft without an electrical system agree that securing the tail of the aircraft to a fixed tie-down or immovable object is the safest way to start the engine. The real challenge comes after the engine starts. How does the pilot release the tie-down?

Too many pilots have found releasing the tail and then climbing into the cockpit is a formula for a big scare at best and a disaster at worst. An accidental bump of the throttle can send the aircraft careening out of control, even jumping chocks. (read my short story about Emma’s Ride.)

The TailTether Hand-prop Safety System allows the pilot to not only release the tie-down AFTER safely entering the cockpit but also recover the tether strap if desired.


NO AIRCRAFT MODIFICATIONS
NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
NO TAIL RELEASE UNTIL YOU ARE SAFELY IN THE AIRCRAFT


 

 

The Romance of Flying

Insert pin

If your airplane has a fuselage handle, use the tie-down rope through the handle, securing it with the tether-pin.

Reeling in

Once safely in the cockpit with the engine running, pull the tether-pin to release the rope and reel it in.

Tether and Pin

– OR – Use the 20′ Tail Tether strap around the tailwheel or handle and retrieve it when ready to go.

Intro Movie

Watch this short video and see how easy it is to hand-prop safely.