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Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by CC268, Dec 1, 2017.
I'm just kidding
If you're worried about shock, could always get some snubbers
Probably also work for straps, especially ones swapped from hooks to carabiners
The POH for my C-T182T specifies 700 lb rated line for tiedown.
I suppose when a load exceeding 700 lbf is imposed on the tiedown, I’ve got other problems.
I use them, but my airplane is normally stored in a hangar. I've used them on a couple of stormy/gusty nights and the airplane has always still been where I left it. I've got the open hook type and you need to make sure they're secure and have enough tension on them that they won't be able to come off but only enough tension that they won't come off, I don't tighten them down as hard as I can go as that seems like a bad idea.
That 182 will easily lift 1400 pounds if its attitude is right and the wind reaches 60 knots or so. Taildraggers are going to lift way more just because of their AoA. I use some pretty stout rope, not just because of the possibility of such lift, but also because the rope immediately starts deteriorating in the sun and loses strength constantly. And the quality of available rope varies enormously depending on what it's made from, its construction, color, and so on.
Ratchet straps, being flat material, expose all of the fibers to UV. They rot real quick. If you have to use them, get black. The open hook is especially prone to let go at the bottom end if the airplane rocks enough and that hook lowers itself out of whatever it was hooked into on the ground.
Bugs me when I see a 100K airplane ties down with cheap, small, or rotten material. May as well leave it untied.