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Which pilot license is required in the US to engage in glider towing?

As a former member of a US glider club (I live in Europe now, and it's all winch launches), I always thought being a tow pilot was a good way to build time. Can a private pilot tow gliders in exchange ...
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Why does the headset man not get on the tractor?

As far as I can see, the pushback operation of a passenger aircraft is carried out by a similar application at many airports. It's a towbarless tractor and driver who pushes the aircraft together with ...
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What is the material of this tow bar

What are the materials used in a tow bar of the pictured design? I am interested in the materials use for the tube (which aluminium alloy?) and the materials of the lunette mount flat and inside ...
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Why is this unit attached to the main landing gear not a common unit for towing or pushback?

Less loading is applied to the fuselage with this method compared to towing or the towbarless way. Why is it not really common? I'd like to detail this. There's my point, wouldn't it reduce cycles of ...
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Why not tow aircraft instead of single-engine taxi?

To save costs, budget airlines could potentially eliminate the single-engine taxi that is standard. Companies are looking into things like electric motors on the wheels of airliners for taxi, which ...
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Airbus towing: is it necessary to switch on the Y HYD pump?

So, somehow our operations came up with a new requirement: if one of our A320 or A340 is being towed, we are supposed to switch on the Y ELEC pump (if the engines are off). This shall prevent ...
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Does it make sense towing airplanes to the head of airstrip by external (eg electric) means?

Does it make sense towing airplanes to the head of airstrip by electric means, whether internal or external? Taxiing from the gate to the runway on jet power seems like a waste of fuel. Is it ...