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Best Aircraft Tiedown System
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Duckbills are great portable tie downs but they're proving to be temporary as well. Not they you'll remove them, but after a few years the cables will break at the soil surface. Lake Hood is in the process of replacing all Duckbills with helical anchors. My own personal duckbills, 6 years old, recently failed me and I'm talking 100% failure for 10-12 duckbills. I can't remember exactly how many I had in but none survived. I'll still use Duckbill anchors but after three years or so I'll replace them with new and bury the old.
The absolute, unquestioned "best" portable tiedown system is the old duckbill. The cable will break before they pull out and they can be left as permanent tiedowns if you need them again. They can be rolled up into a small space and are cheap enough to leave if you decide not to dig them out. The only bad part is the cable is left above ground to be hit by a mower or plow if left in place. But if you don't want your plane to blow away, there is nothing better.

I don’t often promote my own website customers here, but was recently named “Aircraft Tiedown Gear of the Year” in the July 2012 Aviation Consumer magazine. See the “Tiedown shoot-out” video posted on Abe’s website and decide for yourself.

From the July magazine article ….

Best Tiedown Hardware:

ABE’s Aviation

Following the great tornado fiasco at Sun ‘n Fun in 2011, we set out once again to find the best portable tiedown hardware. It didn’t take long to settle on a system made by Abe’s Aviation, an Oregon-based company with an interest in back-country flying.

The Abe’s system consists of trapezoidal-shaped steel plates driven into the ground at a perpendicular angle to resist the load. We connected these things to a truck and tried to pull them out of the ground with no success. They’re overbuilt from stainless-steel plate and rod, so they ought to last awhile. If you really want your airplane to stay put in a blow, these tiedowns will get the job done. For details, see
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