Aero tow modelling?

Aircraft modelling has been developing parallel to the development of aviation itself. Modelling has been and still is the basis of aviation as technique and as people. Radio-controlled models of motor and glider planes gradually replaced initial free flying models in 1950s. The quality, size, diversity and complexity of models have been increasing with the development of technology, engineering and most of all model managing technology.

Since the models are in some way flying replicas or at least half-replicas of aeroplanes, flying models is very close to real flying and is in some way imitating it.

Because aero tow is very common and widespread in sport aviation, after all it represents practically the first encounter with flying for every pilot, there was a desire for aero tow in modelling. 

First aero tows appeared at the end of 1960s in Germany and continued to develop in 1970s. Those were humble beginnings, since the technology hasn’t yet allowed top-level flights. 1980s brought composite materials, development of remote control steering and motors and in this way opened this activity to broader public of modellers. First meetings of this kind, as well as first competitions and even schooling in the flying technique for modellers were organized in Germany, Western Europe and USA.

Aero tow first appeared in Slovenia at the end of 1980s and in the beginning of 1990s, especially in AK Ljubljana and ALC Lesce – Bled. During the 90s the activity spread widely throughout the entire modelling world as well as throughout Slovenia.

Ad hoc aero tow events in Slovenia occurred in Ljubljana, Logatec, Divača, Lesce…and organized meetings started to appear after 2004 and have in the last 3 years exceeded all expectations and filled many new modellers with enthusiasm. Thus, aero tow has become one of the leading activities in aviation modelling in Slovenia.

You can learn more about the history of aero tow in the following articles.

Created by: Uroš Šoštarič, January 2011