The Airopult is a quality product, the result of many years of design and prototype testing before it entered the
market place. With the Airopult as an essential part of your pit package, RC Airogrip SL wishes you many successful safe, secure starts and happy landings.
Why take safety for granted when starting R/C model airplanes. Stop using poles, chairs, boxes or other people's legs! Now you have the Airopult to safely and efficiently restrain your R/C model airplanes whilst you prepare yourself for a great day's flying.
The Airopult will prevent your airplanes from moving forward or backwards during start up, thus preventing those unexpected and unwelcome accidents to yourself and others.
There are two models to choose from depending on the size of your airplane. The Airopult and the Airopult PRO.
The Airopult will hold small/medium R/C model airplanes for which the distance from the rear of the undercarriage wheel struts to the front edge of the rear wings do not exceed 1.2 metres and the rudder length is no more than 43 cm.
The New Airopult PRO unit is designed for larger airplanes up to 1.8 metres from the rear of the undercarriage wheel struts to the front edge of the rear wings and with rudders up to 58 cm in length.
The Airopult and Airopult Pro's attachments also enable you to restrain low tail draggers and tricycle R/C model airplanes. They are suitable for use on grass and hard type surfaces and are lightweight, compact, quick to set up and easy to use.
The Airopult has been designed with your safety in mind.
Take the Release Assembly (A), rotate the hinged restraints (B) and latch them upright. Push foam protective covers fully down. Caution: When rotating the hinged restraints (B) extra care should be taken to prevent your fingers from being caught.
Place the Release Assembly (A) onto flat ground in your starting area. Ensure the selected ground is suitable for securing the Release Assembly (A) with your chosen fixings. (For hard concrete type surfaces refer to concrete fixing instructions Fig 7).
Once positioned, insert your chosen fixings into the two location holes provided on the base of the Release Assembly (A). It is important that you insert your chosen fixings at a slight angle in the opposite direction to the thrust of your R/C aeroplane. Use a small claw hammer for this purpose. (Not included).
Caution: Care should be taken when hammering your chosen fixings into the Release Assembly (A) to avoid damage to the foot pedal.
Loosen the red hand screw fastener located directly in front of the foot pedal. Open the Release Assembly (A) and obtain the required position by placing your R/C aeroplane tail wings directly behind the hinged restraints (2 x B) as close into the fuselage as possible without obstructing moving parts to your R/C aeroplane. Tighten the red hand screw fastener.
To prevent your R/C aeroplane from moving backwards during starting, insert either two or four of the extension arms (4 x G) into the swing arms attached on each side of the Release Assembly (A). Ensure the red ends of the extension arms (4 x G) are pushed in until no red is showing. Place your R/C aeroplane in the Release Assembly (A) ensuring the rudder is in the central position. Raise and securely latch the two hinged restraints (2 x B). The distance from the front leading edge of the tail plane to the back of the undercarriage wheel legs, as shown must not exceed 1.3 metres.
Slide the restraint adjusters (2 x F) onto the extension arms to obtain the required restraint position directly behind the undercarriage or wheel legs. Make sure the restraint adjusters fall forward away from the Release Assembly (A). The fixing location holes on each of the restraint adjusters (2 x F) can either be faced inwards or outwards, this will depend on the type of R/C aeroplane. Slide the undercarriage restraint adjusters (2 x F) along the extension arms and then pass them beneath the undercarriage. Select either undercarriage height adjuster (C) or (D) depending on the height of your undercarriage or wings, and insert them into each undercarriage restraint adjusters (2 x F) ensure the ball springs are inserted into the appropriate location holes. Make sure the top of the poles, once in the upright position; do not touch the underside of the fuselage or wings.
Make certain the undercarriage height adjusters (C) or (D) securely restrain the rear sides of the undercarriage wheel sections. The hinged restraints (2 x B) will need to be in the upright position restraining the rear tail wings when obtaining the correct position prior to tightening the red screw fasteners. Foam protectors (2 x H) can be cut to size and used if necessary; simply push them onto the selected undercarriage height adjusters (C) or (D) to protect the aeroplane's undercarriage.
Select the tricycle undercarriage attachments (2 x E) and insert them into the undercarriage height adjusters (C) or (D), the angled end of the tricycle undercarriage attachments (E) can face inwards or outwards to the extension arms (G). Slide the undercarriage restraints forward until the tricycle undercarriage attachments (E) are firmly braced across the rear side of the vertical wheel legs on the R/C aeroplane and then hand tighten the red screw fasteners each side.
Permission must be obtained from an official authorised Club committee member or Safety Officer prior to drilling the hard surface as required. Then a permanent starting location should be selected for the Airopult. Place the Release Assembly (A) in the starting location and mark through the two fixing holes. We suggest you use a 10mm masonry drill that should be slightly angled in the opposite direction to the thrust approximately 100mm deep. Use 2 x 8mm x 100mm coach bolts (Not included), loosely insert them through the two location holes in the Release Assembly (A) and into the pre drilled hard surface. Please note: It will not be possible to fix the undercarriage restraint adjusters (2 x F) into position on hard surfaces, as these will need to be adjusted dependent upon the selected R/C aeroplane. Please refer to Fig 11 ensuring the red ends of the extension arms (G) are firmly pushed together during use. If in doubt, please refer to our website.
HOW TO OPERATE
Once satisfied that your R/C aeroplane is securely held from moving in all directions in the Airopult you are now ready to safely start your R/C aeroplane without assistance. Should you choose to use a battery operated starting device, hold the device with two hands and press firmly against the nose cone of your R/C aeroplane. By using the Airopult you no longer need to hold the front end of the aeroplane - thereby avoiding the risk of potential lacerations from the propeller.
IMPORTANT: For safe operation of R/C model aeroplanes, RC Airogrip SL suggest that a radio check of control surface operation is carried out before starting your fuel engine or electric motor and again afterwards paying particular attention to the fail safe operation. Once started and all pre-flight checks have been carried out, you are ready to release your R/C aeroplane.
Ensure that your throttle is set to tick-over. Stand behind the R/C aeroplane and with your foot, slide the red safety latch on the foot pedal to the right until the green indicator shows.
Depress the foot pedal fully to the floor until both hinged restraints (2 x B) are released. Once released remove your foot from the pedal. You may then take hold of the tail of your R/C aeroplane and push it out of the Airopult to the take off area. Should the tail plane of your R/C aeroplane be lower than either undercarriage height adjusters (C), (D) or tricycle undercarriage attachments (E) as the R/C aeroplane passes over them, the height adjusters will automatically fall, allowing free forward movement.If in doubt, please refer to our website demonstrating the Assembly and Operation instructions.
RESETTING THE AIROPULT
When you are ready to restart your R/C aeroplane, simply reset the two undercarriage restraint adjusters (2 x F) in the upright position ensuring the red ends on the extension arms (G) are firmly pushed together. If you have not previously nailed the undercarriage restraint adjusters (2 x F) into position. Pull your R/C aeroplane in reverse centrally into the Release Assembly (A) making sure the undercarriage or wheel legs of your R/C aeroplane are firmly supported on the rear side of the undercarriage height adjusters (C), (D) or the tricycle undercarriage attachments (E), if used. The hinged restraints (2 x B) may now be raised to the upright latched locking position and the starting procedure can be continued as in Figs 9 and 10.
MAINTENANCE & INSPECTION
Dependent upon use particularly on dusty or muddy locations, the Airopult should be regularly inspected and cleaned. Release the outer cover of the foot pedal by simply undoing the four outer 2mm Allen key screw fasteners that are on the underside of the aluminium base plate of the Release Assembly (A). Examine all moving parts and clean. Once cleaning has been completed make sure the dust protectors are correctly positioned in the foot pedal housing assembly unit prior to re-engaging the four 2mm Allen key screw fasteners.
To keep your Airopult in pristine condition especially when used on muddy or dusty type ground surfaces, we suggest using a suitable thin matting which can be nailed down prior to securing your Release Assembly (A).
Should you wish to dispose of your packaging, please ensure that all packaging materials are disposed of in accordance with local environmental regulations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long will it take to set up the Airopult?
Once you have familiarised yourself with the Airopult, we are confident that it can be set up and ready for use in only 2-3 minutes. You can view our assembly video to see just how easy it is to set up.
If you fly more than one airplane then we recommend that you mark the extension legs with a marker pen to show the set up position for each airplane.
My friend has a different size plane to mine can he use my Airopult to restrain his plane too?
Yes, the Airopult is fully adjustable and will accommodate up to 99% of all R/C model aeroplanes. Simply slide the undercarriage height adjusters along the front extension arms until they are positioned behind the wheel struts.
We always suggest that you ensure your friend has read the instructions supplied with the Airopult prior to use.
You don't have to fix the extension arms to the floor, simply hand tighten the nylon screws to hold the u/c adjusters in place (don't overtighten!!)
Will the Airopult be able to restrain my Tricycle plane?
Yes, we have included special adapters to allow for the vertical tricycle wheel struts. Simply insert the tricycle undercarriage height adjusters into the hinged restraints as instructed.
Are replacement parts available?
Yes, all parts are replaceable and can be ordered by contacting Keeley at email@example.com
What is the life expectancy of the Airopult?Providing the Airopult is used and maintained as specified, we expect the Airopult to be passed down to future generations of flyers.
How can I get my photos onto your website?We would love to include your photos on our website. Please send your photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8) How do I know the product works? What can I expect if there is a problem with my unit?All of our units have been through Quality Control and have been tested prior to packaging. Should you encounter any problems simply contact us for further assistance and we will be only too happy to help.