I successfully retrieved my Liebelle glider from the top of a 30 foot tall tree. I recommend this method over pulling the plane down through the tree with string.
Here are the supplies:
- Extendable painter’s pole (23 foot available at Homedepot)
- A tall drinking cup to capture the glider’s forward fuselage
- Duct tape to connect the mug to the pole
- A helper to grab the plane off the pole
The requirements were specific. I didn’t want to destroy the plane. The tree was too small to climb; the plane was in the top branch. The solution was to lift the plane out vertically with the pole.
- Some fields are even too small for 1.1 meter DLG flying
- My distance/height estimation was not tuned to a 1.1 meter glider. I flew it directly into a tree… CFIT (controlled flight into
- Maneuvering a 8 to 24 foot pole up through tree limbs is not easy. I was lucky to have a small and sparsely branched tree.
- Lifting the plane once connected was trivial and easy.
- My helper was useful to support the pole and plane on the descent. This become necessary once the pole was angled.
- Non destructive tree retrieval is feasible