In the three weeks or so that I’ve had N84MR, I’ve begged line personnel at various airports to be CAREFUL when attaching and removing towbars; even so, a few scratches have already appeared.
In self defense, I made a cover for the nosewheel. It was so quick and easy to do that I thought I’d share it.
It just happens that the floor mat which is sold for use in front of a toilet is exactly the right shape for the job. I bought one for $10 at a local Target. [So that you don’t have to suffer the condescending look I got when I asked, it’s called a “Bathroom Contour Rug”.]
I took it out to my 'plane and marked the two spots where I needed to make holes for the towbar. Snip-snip with a pair of scissors, glue on some Velcro (the kind used for wrapping around wire bundles, so that it is fuzzy on one surface, rough on the other), and in 10 minutes, it was done.
The rubber coating on the bottom of the mat really clings to the wheel pant, and the mat wedges in place between the wheel pant and the strut; so I doubt that it could ever blow away, even in a strong wind. The Velcro may not be necessary.
Woor also made an excellent suggestion: When possible, leave the towbar attached, to encourage hand-towing of the 'plane.
Photos of the cover are at www.photoasa.com
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The other photos there are of a simple Cockpit Voice Recorder, and a box for providing ship’s power to Lightspeed headsets. (Those are described in “Headset power, and Poor Man’s CVR - Wed Jan 24 21:25:47 2001)”, which is in the 2001-Jan-wk3 archive).