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December 2015 - Upgrades to Cotswolds winch

Cotswolds Gliding Club's (Aston Down) first Skylaunch winch 'A' (1999) is upgraded with automatic tow-out brakes and repairs including a paintwork respray. This winch is using steel cables.

 
November 2015 - Italian Air Force - New Winch

A new Skylaunch EVO twin drum winch (6.6 litre V8 turbo diesel) passed its acceptance trials at Staffordshire Gliding Club by a team of inspectors from Italy.  This winch is fitted with Dyneema cables.

November 2015 - Staffordshire Gliding Club

A big thank you to all the members of the Staffordshire Gliding Club for their great assistance with the Italian Air Force trials on their site at Seighford, and with many other winches we have tested there especially during this busy year.

 



October 2015 - 007 'Spectre' special effects

Now the new James Bond film has been released, we can reveal a Skylaunch glider winch (on loan from RAFGSA) was used to help create the aircraft snow scenes in Austria, and the helicopter crash in the final scene (Westminster Bridge, London) of the film.
 
 
October 2015 - Aerostat winch for the Middle East

Skylaunch have now finished manufacturing a new high torque Aerostat winch, supplied to the Saudi Military through our partner company Allsopp Helikites Ltd.

This winch has an extra high capacity drum, fitted with an 800m special optic fibre cable system.

 

September 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - Final Winch Delivery

The last of 25 Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School).
This completes the order placed by the British Air Cadets to replace their ageing Van Gelder winch fleet.
Photo shows AC25 being tested at Stratford Gliding Club (Snitterfield Airfield). 


 

August 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 24th Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School). Photo shows AC24 being tested at Windrushers Gliding Club (RAF Bicester). 


 

August 2015 – Skylaunch Sponsors the British Junior Nationals

Skylaunch recently sponsored the Junior Championships at Cotswolds Gliding Club (Aston Down). We have agreed to support this fantastic competition in 2016 & 2017 also. Our sponsorship contributed towards 1 free competition aerotow for each competitor. It was great to see the 2015 competition up to full strength, with nearly 50 entries and a full two seater course. Despite mixed weather, a great week was had. See you next year!


 
August 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 23rd Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School). 

 
August 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 22nd Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School). 

 
August 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 21st Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School). 
August 2015 - Skylaunch sponsor Junior Nationals

Skylaunch are pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring the Junior Nationals for the next 3 years ..... Read More


 
July / August 2015 - International Vintage Rally

A Skylaunch winch (on loan from the RAF GSA) was towed to Terlet in The Netherlands by Pete "The Winch" Salisbury and he volunteered to stay and launch for the whole event - many thanks Pete.

 
July 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 20th Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School). 

 
July 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 19th Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School). 

 
June 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 17th and 18th Winches Delivery

Another two Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School). Photo shows AC17 and AC18 being tested at Staffordshire Gliding Club (Seighford)

 
June 2015 - Re-engineered Wiz Winch

A 1955 Wiz WInch re-engineered by Skylaunch was collected by a Gliding Club from Cuence, Spain (www.xair-in.info).  This is a new organisation and are promoting glider winch launching in Spain.

 
June 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 15th and 16th Winches Delivery

Another two Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School). Photo shows AC15 and AC16 being tested at Staffordshire Gliding Club (Seighford)
May / June 2015 - Special Effects Winching at Pinewood Studios

Skylaunch have been working on some important Special Effects for a major film production at Pinewood Studios

 
May 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 13th and 14th Winches Delivery

Another two Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School). Photo shows AC13 and AC14 being tested at Staffordshire Gliding Club (Seighford)
 
 
April 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 12th Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School)
 
 
April 2015 - Filming Stunts in South Wales

Skylaunch have been assisting filming of Stunts on a Lake in South Wales, providing a winch and expertise which we hope to see on Television soon.
 

April 2015 - Skylaunch Exhibits at Aero 2015

Skylaunch were pleased to have a busy stand once again at this Year's Aero Show in Friedrichschafen. Many thanks to all those who came to visit us.
 

April 2015 - Filming Special Effects in London

Skylaunch were commissioned to assist in the filming of Special Effects stunts on the London Docklands 

 
April 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 11th Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) is delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School).

 
March 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 10th Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) is delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School).

 
 February / March 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 7th, 8th & 9th Winch Deliveries

Another three Skylaunch Evo twin drums (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) are delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School).
 
 
February 2015 - Upgrades for other winches

These photos show a selection of the many parts and conversions supplied over this winter for upgrading old Tost and Vangelder (MEL) winches in Europe.

 
February 2015 - Filming special effects in Austria

Filming on location in Austria is now completed, and the Skylaunch winch is on it's way back to the UK for the next phase of filiming in May and June at Pinewood studios.

 
February 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 6th Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) is delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School).

 

February 2015 - Our stand is booked for Aero 2015

We will be exhibiting again this year at Aero 2015 from the 15th April to the 18th April. Please call in and see us in Hall A1 - stand 400.

 
February 2015 - New order from Italian Air Force

A new Skylaunch Evo "Premium Model" twin drum glider winch (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) is ordered by the Italian Air Force for delivery to Guidonia, Rome. It will be fitted with Dyneema cables.

 
January 2015 - Filming special effects on location

Filming is now underway for 5 weeks on location in Austria, with a two man team from Skylaunch operating the winch system.

 
January 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 5th Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) is delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School).   

 
January 2015 - British Air Cadets Order - 4th Winch Delivery

Another Skylaunch Evo twin drum (6.6 litre turbo diesel engine) is delivered to RAF Syerston (Air Cadets Central Gliding School).   

 

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