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Skylaunch 2 Evolution

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This compact winch design has been proven over 20 years operation and the latest model is the Skylaunch 2 “Evolution”.

The new Evo model is mechanically almost the same as the original but with many improvements.

Robust design with many safety features ensures a reliable, easily operated and maintained, long life machine.

Skylaunch 2 winch

The Lightweight winch is easily towed on soft airfield or on highway with a 4 x 4 vehicle (or similar). A trailer unit is now optional, So the winch can be truck mounted if required.

The winch is available in 3 basic stages of build with many options available.

The new Evo chassis is 300mm longer, improving access and cable self pay-on onto drums.

Simple colour coded controls are ergonomically positioned for safe launching. Both cable drum brakes are controlled by a single lever.

Unique preset selectors for glider air speed/tension and head wind speed to launch ALL weights/speeds of glider – any glider type is accurately launched with ease (throttle is damped to control acceleration rate).

Existing winch drivers are typically converted to Skylaunch operation within 6 launches.

More info.....

New 1.8m (70”) wide comfortable safety cab with good visibility, heating (optional air conditioning), luxury driver’s and training seat.

Laminated safety glass all round, flashing beacon, emergency siren, and roof ventilation hatches.

Easy access covers, rear with gas spring assistors and front a one piece sliding unit.

All designs are for maximum safety in operation and minimum maintenance.

Latest generation GM V8 MKVI engines (LPG / petrol) are new units.

The Engine cooled by a large radiator with thermo switched reverse pitch fan and electric auxiliary fan, hot air exits downwind.

Engine/transmission combination gives excellent acceleration and smooth power delivery to control cable speed from vintage to the heaviest twin seat gliders with the same accuracy

Heavy duty auto transmission with industrial cooler unit. Long life exhausts, self-contained on engine, exits downwind, also ensures compact engine/transmission power pack.

Swivelling cable pulley / roller, fitted with plastic pulleys and aluminium tube side rollers for use with synthetic cable or hardened steel pulleys / rollers for steel cable (interchangeable as required).

All bearings are standard metric, sealed and the same size for both pulleys and rollers.

Cable entry/exit height is low level for safety and easy access.

Heavy duty guillotines are activated by very powerful springs and will easily cut steel or synthetic cables.

Lightweight steel cable drums are reinforced, large diameter and narrow width with anti-loop guides.

No cable pay-on mechanisms are required.

Cable feeds onto bottom of drum for safer, trouble free operation.

Will easily accommodate all materials of cable up to 3,000 metres (10,000 ft) long.

Fully machined and balanced drums produce launches of exceptional smoothness.

Final drive of robust design specifically manufactured for launching gliders to give reliability, now with new high capacity housing.

Features include hardened spline male/female couplings for drum selection and standard Lockheed disc brake system. With automatic cable Tow-out system.

All bearings, seals and fasteners, etc are standard metric components.

For simplicity, reliability and ease of maintenance, no computers, high pressure air or hydraulic systems are incorporated on these winches (except for diesel option).

Controls are simple, trouble free rods and levers (not electronic, hydraulic or pneumatics).

All machines are supplied with on-site training, including detailed Operator’s and Maintenance Manuals.

 

Skylaunch winches combine high specification with simplicity and customer service that other manufacturers simply cannot match!

"Its Like Going Up On Rails!"

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
2 Evolution
"Club    build"

Single drum (twin opt'l) less power system

Skylaunch
2 Evolution
"Standard"

Ready to launch twin drum winch

Skylaunch
2 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
Cable drum capacity/ sizes/ types- Up to 3000 metres (10,000 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.

Skylaunch Evo Operating Costs


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Main Winch Cost Payback Example

 

CAPITAL COST

UK P
£

EUROS

US D
$

Skylaunch 3 standard 7.4 litre LPG winch (Twin Drum)

£43,002.50

€62,353.62

$83,854.88

Straight line depreciation over 20 years

£2,150.12
per annum

€3,117.67 per annum

$4,192.73
per annum

Estimated annual costs – based on 5,000 launches per annum

Capital financing at 6%

£2,580.15

€3,741.22

$5,031.29

Gliding Club overhead at 20% of  £30,000 / €43,500 / $58,500

£6,000.00

€8,700.00

$11,700.00

Cables components (parachutes, weak links, shackles, etc)/td>

£600.00

€870.00

$1,170.00

Operating costs (consumables, fuel, cables, etc)

£1,400.00

€2,030.00

$2,730.00

Insurance, miscellaneous and unforeseens

£500.00

€725.00

$975.00

ANNUAL COSTS TOTAL

£11,080.15

€16,066.22

$21,606.29

REVENUE
5,000 launches @ £5,00 / €7.25 / $9.75 per launch

£25,000

€36,250.00

$48,750.00

Capital cost

£43,002.50

€62,353.63

$83,854.88

Net annual revenue (revenue less estimated annual costs)

£13,919.85

€20,183.78

$27,143.71

Theoretical payback on winch

3 years, 1 month

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-EV-CB-
 

Complete chassis and kit of parts for club build of single drum winch. Does not include power unit or gearbox. Prepared for later installation of a second drum, cable pulley/roller and guillotine assembly.

The basic winch is designed to be fitted on to a trailer or lorry chassis or can be supplied fitted on our own trailer subframe.

The basic winch has an open operators cab but options include a folding roof system or fully enclosed operators cabin.



Fuel tank 585L: S-16 3 auxiliary LPG tanks totalling 585L (+2860.00)
Earth stake: S-31 Lightening/ Refuelling earth with galvanised stake, lead and clamp (+155.00)
:
Enclosed cabin: S-50 Enclosed basic cabin More...... (+3525.00)
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 (+829.00)
Folding roof system: S-57 Folding roof system for open cab (+746.00)
Drum indicator: S-60 Drums indicator lights (left and right) fitted in control panel. (+83.00)
Signal lamp: S-62 Remote controlled signal lamp system (+300.00)
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...... (+37.00)
Engine tachometer: S-66 Engine tachometer (petrol/propane options only) (+188.00)
Fuel tank level gauge: S-67 Fuel tank level gauge, fitted into control panel (+238.00)
Master switch: S-68 Keyless master switch (battery isolator) fitted in control panel (+69.00)
Trailer subframe: S-70 Trailer subframe, twin axle More...... (+2974.00)
Trailer light system: S-71 Light system includes rear side markers, no plate lamp, fog light, indicators, side lights, reflectors, fully wired with 7 pin plug. (+390.00)
Spare wheel: S-72 Spare wheel and tyre (+136.00)
Parachutes/Ropes storage tray: S-73 Parachutes/Ropes storage tray (+280.00)
Reinforced ramp brackets: S-74 Reinforced trailer ramp brackets / steps (+332.00)
Folding Steps: S-75 Folding steps (fitted to mud guards) with full width treads (+296.00)
Hinging Wheel chocks: S-76 2 Hinging wheel chocks, pivoting from the trailer axle (+692.00)
Club Build winch second drum package: S-81 Second cable guillotine system & linkage, second drum with final drive and selector system and brake system, second pulley/roller box (Assumes synthetic cable to be used) (+6063.00)
Cable Equipment Package: S-95 Cable Equipment Package More...... (+807.00)
Price Exl Vat/carriage: 35027.00

Product ID: SW-EV-ST-
Skylaunch 2 Evolution - "Standard" winch package

Ready to launch , twin drum winch

The new Evo is our latest generation winch replacing both Skylaunch 2 and Skylaunch 3. The "Standard" model is a basic winch with open cab and is designed to be mounted either on a trailer or lorry chassis - it can also be supplied fitted to our own trailer subframe.

In its basic form it has an open operators cab but is available with a folding roof system or with fully enclosed weather protection cab.
 
:
Fuel tank 585L: S-16 3 auxiliary LPG tanks totalling 585L (+2860.00)
Fuel tank - aux: S-16 100 L aux LPG tank fitted in chassis with remote fill. (+420.00)
Engine oil cooling: S-21 Industrial engine oil cooler with thermostat controlled fan More...... (+738.00)
Engine Cooling: S-22 Electronic clutch sys for main fan, thermo control - rec'd for winch opeation below 10?C (+965.00)
Transmission cooler upgrade: Industrial transmission oil cooler, thermo control, complete kit in lieu of automotive type. (+593.00)
Earth stake: S-31 Lightening/ Refuelling earth with galvanised stake, lead and clamp (+155.00)
Brake discs vented: S-41 Vented disk brake system (+334.00)
Enclosed cabin: S-50 Enclosed basic cabin More...... (+3525.00)
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 (+829.00)
Folding roof system: S-57 Folding roof system for open cab (+746.00)
Drum indicator: S-60 Drums indicator lights (left and right) fitted in control panel. (+83.00)
Signal lamp: S-62 Remote controlled signal lamp system (+300.00)
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...... (+37.00)
Engine tachometer: S-66 Engine tachometer (petrol/propane options only) (+188.00)
Fuel tank level gauge: S-67 Fuel tank level gauge, fitted into control panel (+238.00)
Master switch: S-68 Keyless master switch (battery isolator) fitted in control panel (+69.00)
Trailer subframe: S-70 Trailer subframe, twin axle More...... (+2974.00)
Trailer light system: S-71 Light system includes rear side markers, no plate lamp, fog light, indicators, side lights, reflectors, fully wired with 7 pin plug. (+390.00)
Spare wheel: S-72 Spare wheel and tyre (+136.00)
Parachutes/Ropes storage tray: S-73 Parachutes/Ropes storage tray (+280.00)
Reinforced ramp brackets: S-74 Reinforced trailer ramp brackets / steps (+332.00)
Folding Steps: S-75 Folding steps (fitted to mud guards) with full width treads (+296.00)
Hinging Wheel chocks: S-76 2 Hinging wheel chocks, pivoting from the trailer axle (+692.00)
Cable Equipment Package: S-95 Cable Equipment Package More...... (+807.00)
Price Exl Vat/carriage: 56376.00

Product ID: SW-EV-XP-
Skylaunch 2 Evolution - "Premium" winch package

Ready to launch , twin drum winch

The new Evo is our latest generation winch replacing both Skylaunch 2 and Skylaunch 3. The "Premium" model is a high specification winch which includes most of the options you are likely to need

It is designed to be fitted on to a trailer or lorry but can be supplied fitted to our own trailer subframe system.
 
:
Fuel tank 585L: S-16 3 auxiliary LPG tanks totalling 585L (+2860.00)
Fuel tank - aux: S-16 100 L aux LPG tank fitted in chassis with remote fill. (+420.00)
Engine oil cooling: S-21 Industrial engine oil cooler with thermostat controlled fan More...... (+738.00)
Brake discs vented: S-41 Vented disk brake system (+334.00)
Mesh screns: S-52 Front and roof weld mesh safety screens (+282.00)
Air conditioning: S-53 Cabin air conditioning system (+2682.00)
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 (+829.00)
Drum indicator: S-60 Drums indicator lights (left and right) fitted in control panel. (+83.00)
Signal lamp: S-62 Remote controlled signal lamp system (+300.00)
Stereo radio: S-63 Stereo Radio/CD player More...... (+229.00)
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...... (+37.00)
Engine tachometer: S-66 Engine tachometer (petrol/propane options only) (+188.00)
Fuel tank level gauge: S-67 Fuel tank level gauge, fitted into control panel (+238.00)
Trailer subframe: S-70 Trailer subframe, twin axle More...... (+2974.00)
Trailer light system: S-71 Light system includes rear side markers, no plate lamp, fog light, indicators, side lights, reflectors, fully wired with 7 pin plug. (+390.00)
Spare wheel: S-72 Spare wheel and tyre (+136.00)
Reinforced ramp brackets: S-74 Reinforced trailer ramp brackets / steps (+332.00)
Folding Steps: S-75 Folding steps (fitted to mud guards) with full width treads (+296.00)
Hinging Wheel chocks: S-76 2 Hinging wheel chocks, pivoting from the trailer axle (+692.00)
Cable Equipment Package: S-95 Cable Equipment Package More...... (+807.00)
Price Exl Vat/carriage: 64980.00

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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