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Microlight Tow Planes use Icotec Bolts

14 January 2007

Microlight tow planes are using high-performance composite bolts in a primary load application.

Microlight tow planes are considerably quieter, more energy efficient and less expensive than conventional glider tow planes, thanks to modern technology and extreme light weight construction. In Switzerland the microlight Ikarus C42 tow planes are being tested to further reduce weight and noise emission, using Icotec composite bolts.

In the context of a competitive tender of the Swiss Gliders Association, their customer Robert Maag and his Engineering team are developing a rope winch that is unique due to its low weight and simple dismounting. After each test Maag’s team checked all the Icotec fastening systems for their torque and, despite the vibrating environment, the torque on the bolts did not change. They also found no adverse effects on the shear strength of the bolts.





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