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SkyDrive 4D-6D (four or six drum) Winch

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The fiirst new SkyDrive 6D now been completed, tested and is working successfully at Oerlinglausen in Germany.
  • Skydrive system features the same proven components from the popular Skylaunch 2 models, but in a longditudinal driveline layout to increase the number of cable drums to 4 or 6.
  • Skydrive will accommodate all materials of cable (synthetic, steel or Skyrope) up to 3,000 metres (10,000 ft) long per drum (5mm Ø).
  • Four or six drum models can be truck mounted or fitted with wheels.
  • Various standard options available or winch can be custom manufactured to suit customers’ requirements.
Skylaunch Skydrive winches incorporate folding cable pulley/roller and guillotine units, lengthening distance to drum to eliminate need for any pay-on (level wind).

The new winch layout gives excellent accessibility for maintenance and the new cab gives excellent visibility not just for launching but also for visibility over the roller box area.
Drum selection by simple rotary switch with safety interlocks, operating   industrial linear actuators with no air or hydraulic systems.

Simple colour coded controls for easy launching. Skylaunch   preset selections for glider air speed/tension and head wind speed   control, with acceleration rate throttle damper.
 
 
Easy opening covers with gas spring assistors and one piece sliding engine cover to give excellent access for both routine maintenance and servicing.
 
Available with: diesel / LPG / duel fuel / petrol or electric power units the Skydrive winches feature a new simple, heavy duty belt drive reduction system to the drums and the well proven drum selectors and roller box systems.
 

 
Folding cable pulley/roller and guillotine units lift and lock up narrowing winch to legal width for highway transport.
CAD drawings

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Specifications

= Standard fitment     = Optional     = Not fitted

Note; *Single drum ‘kit’ winches are prepared for later installation of a second drum, cable pulley / roller assembly and guillotine.
**Many of the not fitted (X) items on chart are available separately.

Skylanuch
 Evolution
"Club    build"

Single drum (twin opt'l) less power system

Skylaunch
Evolution
"Standard"

Ready to launch twin drum winch

Skylaunch
Evolution
"Premium"

Ready to launch twin drum winch

Skylaunch
Skydrive
4D or 6D

 

 

4
Drum
6
Drum

ENGINES / TRANSMISSION
AND FUEL

Design displacement and fuel types - New Mk IV General Motors 90° V8 cast iron block and cylinder heads (large capacity sump pan fitted on Skylaunch 2) 7.4 Litre 255kw / 340 hp Propane (LPG) - optional petrol, CNG, carburettor or fuel injection
8.2 Litre 280kw / 377 hp Propane (LPG) - optional petrol, CNG, carburettor or fuel injection
6.6 Litre 275kw / 365hp Diesel
8.2L 8.2L 8.2L
Electric option - 280kw (375hp) output with high capacity AGM 550CCA, dry cell batteries and high capacity charging system.
Standard fuel tank capacity optional multiple tanks and larger capacities up to 585 litres (propane/LPG)
Fuel consumption - Range 0.5 to 0.9 litres per launch
85L LPG
91L petrol

85L LPG
91L petrol

85L LPG
91L petrol
85L LPG
91L petrol

COOLING
SYSTEMS

Engine coolant- Large capacity 3 row core radiator with remote header tank.
Auxiliary high output electric fan system for engine coolant radiator with thermostatic control - operates with engine on or off
600mm Ø engine driven industrial reverse pitch fan.
600mm Ø engine driven, industrial reverse pitch fan with thermo clutch - recommended for winch operation below 10ºC
Engine oil- Separate industrial cooler with thermo switched fan and overheat warning buzzer / light.
Transmission fluid- Industrial cooler with thermo switched fan and overheat warning buzzer/ light.
                                - OR Automotive cooler with thermo switched fan.
ELECTRICAL Voltage/ alternator - 12 volt DC/ 63-90amp alternator (to suit electrical options ordered)
Fuse type/ battery - DC circuit breakers (mounted in control panel) 105amp, 735 CCA battery (twin batteries with diesel option)
FINAL DRIVE Construction - Designed and manufactured specifically for launching gliders. Single
drum
Drum shafts / selectors - High tensile shaft steel using standard metric bearings seals and fasteners. Hardened high grade steel male and female spline couplings.
60Ø shaft

60Ø shafts

60Ø shafts

65Ø shafts

65Ø shafts
Braking system - Lockheed disc brakes and hydraulic twin pot callipers with standard brake pads (typical pad life 25-30,000 launches). Optional vented discs for single and twin drum winches.
Single
drum

Twin
drum

Twin
drum


Vented


Vented
Cable tow-out brakes - Fully automatic system engaged by drum selection lever. Tow-out speeds 0-60 kph (0-40 mph).
Cable drums / pay-on - High strength design, steel construction, machined core and fully balanced. Narrow width and distance to pulleys eliminates need for pay-on mechanisms.
One
Standard Cable drum capacity/ sizes/ types- Up to 2000 metres (6,500 ft) on each drum (4.5mm Ø cable). Any diameter and steel or synthetic cables can be fitted with no adjustments required.
One

Two

Two

Four

Six
Drum speeds/ gear ratios - 3:1 to 6:1 to suit customers chosen engine/ transmission.

OPERATOR
ENVIRONMENT
/ CABIN

Construction/ protection - Steel box section frame with heavy gauge steel panel workand plate roof. (Opional folding roof system for open cabin with "Club Build" or "Standard" models).
Fully enclosed cabin with 2 doors, upholstered panels, cushioned rubber floor, all round laminated 6.4mm safety glass, bronze tint in doors and rear window (optional steel mesh hinging guards).
Ventilation - 2 speed fan with heater (optional air conditioning).
Seating - Cushioned Vinyl bench seat.
              - OR Two high back seats with head rests.                   Driver seat with arm rests.
CONTROL
PANEL/
CONTROLS
Glider power/ speed control - Pre-select system for glider type and headwind component (with override). Throttle lever damper safely controls acceleration rate.
Control console - Includes drive and drum brake levers with master cylinder, throttle lever and mechanism, cable etc. (4D & 6D have remote master cylinders)
Equipment - Control panel lights, switches, warning buzzer and temperature gauge. Roof top rotating beacon and emergency siren.
Neutral light - illuminates when drum ‘Neutral’ selected.
Netral buzzer - sounds if drums not in neutral when ignition off
Communication - Remote controlled signal lamp on rooftop. Radio mounting bracket with power supply (Std in Premium & Skydrive).
Radio - Universal mounting point with power supply with power supply. (optional music radio.CD player system)
CHASSIS/
TOWING
Construction - steel channel rails with box section cross members, engine/ transmission mounts, battery tray etc.
Chassis to lorry or trailer mounts and forklift sockets.
Securing - Two chassis pivoting wheel chocks with engine starter interlock (if fitted on optional trailer)
Towing - Box section beams with fully braked independent trailing arm suspension each end. Each axle 1800kg rating . Hubs include auto reverse brakes.
Wheels/ tyres/ tow hitch- 16” wheel rims (Land Rover 5 stud layout). Tow hitch with gas spring handbrake and 50mm ball coupling (optional NATO ring).
CABLE CUTTING
GUILLOTINE(S)
Coil spring powered chisel type guillotines system for use with steel or synthetic cable (with no adjustment or modifications). Cutting blades and trigger pins are easy to service or replace.
One

Two

Two

Four

Six
CABLE PULLEY/
ROLLERS
Construction - Plastic pulleys and aluminium side rollers (for synthetic cable) or pulleys/ rollers manufactured from hardened bearing steel (for steel cable), interchangeable if cable choice is changed.
One

Two

Two

Four

Six
Features - All pulleys/ rollers use the same standard metric sealed bearing size. Complete head pivot system includes 2 large metric sealed bearings .
One

Two

Two

Four

Six
PANELS/
FINISH
Panels - All thick gauge sheet steel drum covers, rear cover, sliding, one-piece engine cover etc
Finish - Shot blast and powder coat or primer/ top coat paint. Various components are yellow passivate zinc plated.
Colours- Yellow/ Blue to RAL specifications developed to give the best recognition against typical airfield background.

OVERALL
DIMENSIONS
(Metres/Kg)

Length - Note Skylaunch 2 Length
Width
Height
Height (With Trailer)
Weight kg (without fuel + cable)
L-4.2
W-2.4
H-2.7
H(T)-3.2
1800kg
L-4.2
W-2.4
H-2.7
H(T)- 3.2
2200kg
L-4.3
W-2.4
H-2.7
H(T)- 3.2
2600kg
L-6.8
W-2.6
H-2.8

5000kg
L-8.2
W-2.6
H-2.8

6000kg
TYPICAL
PERFORMANCE
Length of cable/ launch height percentage - 43% to 50% using C of G glider hook in zero head wind conditions.
INSTRUCTIONS Full set of assembly plans / instructions, extensive guidance for set-up / operation (‘club build’ and ‘kit’ winches).  Operator and Maintenance manuals.

Prices and Winch Configurator

Please don't hesitate to contact us for a quotation in your local currency.

Please note - prices are for guidance only - We always quote and agree prices and terms
before any orders are officially taken and payments or deliveries are made.

Product ID: SW-SD-4D-
 

New winch assembled, tested & ready to launch.
8.2L GM V8 engine / tranmission, fuelled by LPG
585L fuel capacity in 3 tanks
Fully enclosed cab with Skylaunch control system.
Built onto skid frame for mounting onto lorry or trailer chassis.

:
Mesh screns: S-52 Front and roof weld mesh safety screens (+295.00)
Air conditioning: S-53 Cabin air conditioning system (+3124.00)
Seat runners: S-54 Cab seat runners to adjust seat forward /back - POA
Powered access lift: S-55 Powered access lift to cabin for disabled winch operators - POA
Cabin heater: S-56 Cab heater, propane powered for use with engine on or off (only available with option S-50 (+449.00)
Signal lamp: S-62 Remote controlled signal lamp system (+314.00)
Stereo radio: S-63 Stereo Radio/CD player More...... (+240.00)
Transceiver: S-64 Transceiver or receiver, aerial fitted in cab, specs to suit client (POA)
Power socket: S-65 12 volt ?cigarette lighter? type power socket fitted More...... (+39.00)
Engine tachometer: S-66 Engine tachometer (petrol/propane options only) (+197.00)
Trailer - 4 drum (POA): S-77 4D Winch fitted on trailer chassis with 4 wheels (2 steering) and parking brake (POA)
6D Chassis: 4D Winch on 6 Drum Chassis for future winch upgrade option - POA
Trailer light system - Skydrive (POA): S-71 Light system includes rear side markers, no plate lamp, fog light, indicators, side lights, reflectors, fully wired with 7 pin plug (POA)
Spare wheel - Skydrive (POA): S-72 Spare wheel and tyre (POA)
Cable Equipment Package 4D: S-95 Cable Equipment Package More...... - POA
Price Exl Vat/carriage: 123978.00

Product ID: SW-SD-6D-
SkyDrive 6-D

New winch assembled, tested & ready to launch.
8.2L GM V8 engine / tranmission, fuelled by LPG
585L fuel capacity in 3 tanks
Fully enclosed cab with Skylaunch control system.
Built as skid unit to fit on lorry or trailer chassis.


:
Mesh screns: S-52 Front and roof weld mesh safety screens (+295.00)
Air conditioning: S-53 Cabin air conditioning system (+3124.00)
Seat runners: S-54 Cab seat runners to adjust seat forward /back - POA
Powered access lift: S-55 Powered access lift to cabin for disabled winch operators - POA
Cabin heater: S-56 Cab heater, propane powered for use with engine on or off (only available with option S-50 (+449.00)
Signal lamp: S-62 Remote controlled signal lamp system (+314.00)
Stereo radio: S-63 Stereo Radio/CD player More...... (+240.00)
Transceiver: S-64 Transceiver or receiver, aerial fitted in cab, specs to suit client (POA)
Power socket: S-65 12 volt ?cigarette lighter? type power socket fitted More...... (+39.00)
Engine tachometer: S-66 Engine tachometer (petrol/propane options only) (+197.00)
Trailer - 6 drum (POA): S-77 6D Winch fitted on trailer chassis with 4 wheels (2 steering) and parking brake (POA)
Trailer light system - Skydrive (POA): S-71 Light system includes rear side markers, no plate lamp, fog light, indicators, side lights, reflectors, fully wired with 7 pin plug (POA)
Spare wheel - Skydrive (POA): S-72 Spare wheel and tyre (POA)
Cable Equipment Package 6D: S-95 Cable Equipment Package More...... - POA
Price Exl Vat/carriage: 155898.00

Please don't hesitate to contact us for a quotation in your local currency.

Please note - prices are for guidance only - We always quote and agree prices and terms
before any orders are officially taken and payments or deliveries are made.

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