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Tow Cable Retractor with Guillotine (CRG) for Piper PA-25 Pawnee
Electric Motor and Tow Reel Tow Cable Retractor with Guillotine (CRG) for Piper PA-25 Pawnee Rubber Funnel with Slip Ring and Guillotine

Tow Cable Retractor With Guillotine (CRG) for PA25

Sale Price: $6,548.00

SKU: 5140


Detailed Description

Tow Cable Retractor for Piper PA-25 Pawnee.

The tow cable retractor with guillotine (CRG) provides a number of important advantages:

  • Increased flight safety and lower costs through elimination of the cable drop curve
  • Considerably diminished noise levels for residents near airfields, since aircraft needs less engine power during decent and can land directly
  • No cable drop with potential risk to persons or aircraft
  • Reduced fuel consumption through shorter flight and taxi time
  • No delays in aircraft starts because of tracing and retrieving tow cables
  • Longer tow cable life because of reduced ground contact and contamination
  • Low weight of system (approx. 8 kg including tow cable)
  • Low maintenance thanks to simple construction
  • Cable retraction monitored visually and electrically
  • Only minor (reversible) modifications to aircraft necessary for mounting

The Tow Retractor has the following components: Retraction winch, cable traction unit with integrated stop plate and guillotine, and electric switch unit.

 The retraction winch is mounted on a base plate which is attached to the fuselage of the towing aircraft behind the seat. This equipment can be dismounted, if necessary, in approx. 30 minutes. The main components are a 12VDC motor (standard) with a slip clutch, motor bracket, cable drum and cable cover. The tow rope passes through or under the fuselage to the cable stop plate in an aluminum cable duct.

The new traction unit with integrated stop plate and guillotine is bolted to the existing towing frame. The guillotine is activated by the existing release cable.

The cable load is taken up by the stop plate via a sleeve crimped to the towing cable. Towing may start only after the sleeve has come firmly to rest against the stop plate.

The towing cable is 6mm in diameter and has a standard length of 50 meters. The cable is terminated by an aluminum end piece, complete with weak link and ring pair (specify breaking load of weak link when ordering).

Once the glider has been released, the electric switch unit starts the retracting winch. Operation can be checked in the rearview mirror. After the cable has been fully rewound - red marking on the end of the cable is visible - the motor switches off automatically.

Please contact Wings and Wheels for additional information.


Why Buy From Us?

Wings & Wheels has been serving the sport aviation and soaring community for more than 20 years.  We have the largest and most comprehensive inventory of sailplane and soaring supplies.  Nearly everything you find here is in stock and can ship the same day.  We are here for aviators, businesses, mechanics and government.  Our goal is to fulfill your order promptly and as conveniently as our resources allow.

Wings & Wheels is proud to be the American representative for HpH Ltd, producer of the finest quality 304 sailplanes.

Our staff has over 8,000 hours of flying experience in gliders and airplanes. Wings & Wheels is staffed by Sean, Garret, Miki, Matt and Linda. You will have a friendly voice pick up when you call. Our staff is trained to promptly take your orders and ship your products.

Shipping Information

Same Day Shipping

Orders placed by 3:00 pm PST Monday-Friday for “off-the-shelf“, in-stock items are normally shipped same day by UPS.  Although we stock the vast majority of the items on our online store, we cannot assure that they will all be on hand at all times. We ship every order as quickly as possible, and in the event of a delay, be assured that we are working hard to get your order shipped promptly. Due to order volume during holidays, we cannot guarantee that all orders placed can ship on the day after the holiday closure. 

Orders for special cut products may take a few days to ship depending on order volume. Special order products ship based on the lead times of each manufacturer. 

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UPS orders will need to be placed before 4:00 pm EST and 4:00 pm PST Monday-Friday to ship out the same business day.  We apply UPS retail rates to calculate shipping costs.  Packages may not qualify for actual wieight due to size.  If dimensional weight is applied by UPS your shipping & packing rate will be adjusted.  Packages are only insured aganst theft if signature delivery is accepted.  Request signature delivery.


Priority Mail & 1st Class order has to be placed by 11am. We will use the flat rate box service if your parts fit in the box and the service cost is less than USPS Priority Mail. USPS may not always have tracking information available.  If you request lower cost USPS shipping you agree to accept all responsibility for lost, stolen and damaged packages.

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