Here's a nice series of photos showing a unique banner towing arrangement from this STOL CH 701 light sport utility plane in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean:

#1:  Take-off from water:

#2: The folded banner is on the floating platform, with the towline hanging between the pick up gates on the platform, and a grapple hook trailing behind the airplane:

#3:  The grapple hook successfully engages to the loop at the forward end of the towline hanging between the pick up gates on the platform:

#4: ...and the large banner unfurls behind the pulled towline, staying mainly out of the water:

#5:  The end of this large banner drags in the water a little...

#6: The mast assembly pole stabilizes the banner so that it can be properly viewed...

#7: This is a large banner that can be read from quite a distance (advertising cell phone / text services).  The STOL's excellent slow flight capabilities are ideal for an aerial banner:

Orizon is a flight school and banner towing businee in Guadeloupe opereated by Albert and Daniele. 

Here are a few video clips showing the illustrating banner towing with the Zenith STOL:

A good view of the grapple hook picking up the towline:



STOL CH 701 amphibian picks up the banner from the floating platform and later releases the banner on the shore:


Land airplane swoops down to pick up a banner, and later releases the banner:



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Comment by RANDY L HALLOCK on September 23, 2011 at 5:37pm

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