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Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Whirly » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:04 pm

No, not an eagle eyed wannabee with a big lense! :twisted:

I am looking for a device (similar to the chopper spotter - google it) to move my Alo in and out of the hangar. My father-in-law is getting on in years and the two of us struggle to move it in and out, especially when it is filled with lots of paraffin. We can use the bakkie to tow it out but then getting it back in is a struggle. When there are three of us we can manage.

So I am either looking for someone that can design and/or build one or maybe assist with some drawings so I can have one built. The quote for a chopper spotter is $10 800 excluding shipping which is way over the top considering today's exchange rate. :shock:

I would prefer not to land on a platform. The idea of landing into wind and then using a transporter to move it that you can steer remotely will be first prize. One that is adjustable for low or high skids.

Any ideas?

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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Rotor kop » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:18 pm

There are a number of options. Look at Rocky Jocky for one. Costs between R11 and R15k for the 12V one. Did not work for me on the R44 because the wheels are to close together but the guy who makes them here near OR Thambo can modify it. Other option is a great guy Heintz also near me who makes all kinds of things to move choppers.
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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Whirly » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:56 am

The Mototok Helimo is also the idea I am after. I don't know how much one would be but I am too afraid to ask, 8-[

That sort of system would interest me.

I am sure there are guys here with enough engineering skills to build something similar for a good price. :?

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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by cage » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:40 am

Was that the price of the model E spotter? Thought that was a bit less than the amount quoted.
Also look at:
http://www.helitowcart.com/towcarts/light
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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Arch » Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:06 am

Depending on your level of ingenuity and cheapskatedness you could possibly adapt a caravan mover to operate on one or both of the ground handling wheels
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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by ray fox » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:34 am

Electric pallet jack
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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Whirly » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:59 am

ray fox wrote:
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Electric pallet jack
Ray,

Where do you get them? :? I have a regular pallet jack and don't think it will work, unless the electrical one is bigger and stronger.

I have no intention to do anything of this kind on the cheap, but don't want to go overboard.

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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by ray fox » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:10 pm

just google plenty around
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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Captain Kirk » Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:49 pm

A good solid tow bar and a Bakkie / 4wd Quad Bike with a tow hitch?

https://www.aero-access.com/catalog/Hel ... ml?ps=1000

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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by cage » Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:42 pm

Captain Kirk wrote:
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A good solid tow bar and a Bakkie / 4wd Quad Bike with a tow hitch?
Great idea if you have wheels, less practical for a skidded aircraft - someone still has to push down on the tail to get the nose up for a tow.
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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Whirly » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:45 pm

This is one that will work for me. :D

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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Pete » Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:01 pm

When I reach TBO (Too Bloody Old) :oops: and can no longer push the 47 in and out of the hangar on my own, I will build an adequately sized flat deck trolley that will roll on rails, preferably under electrical power. The surrounding areas must be completely level with the mobile pad.
You will build this for a fraction of the cost of the overrated heli tugs

Have had Heli tow carts, Power tugs... you name it... they have all been useless for my helicopter needs.
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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Whirly » Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:10 pm

This one will work even better for me, as I can use the chopper's own wheels and just attach this to the front cross tube. Won't have to be as long as this one and not as fancy.

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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Wonko the Sane » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:39 pm

Whirly wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:10 pm
This one will work even better for me, as I can use the chopper's own wheels and just attach this to the front cross tube. Won't have to be as long as this one and not as fancy.

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Re: Chopper Spotter

Unread post by Stella » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:34 pm

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