Mike Grove started building glider winches in 1989 and in the intervening years has been instrumental in transforming glider winch launching in Britain and in many other gliding nations.
Mike’s winch designs have combined the best of traditional construction with innovation. His company, Skylaunch, has continued to innovate and exports its products worldwide. The key features that Mike has incorporated into his winches focus on excellent performance and greater reliability. This has resulted in a higher launch rate due to fewer cable tangles and also improved safety due to fewer launch failures, better protection from moving parts and effective cable guillotines. Mikes winches incorporate simple controls making them easy to operate and they are supported in use by a professional & experienced team.
Mike continues to provide guidance and advice to clubs on winch launching. His combined passion, drive, engineering skills, success and as a consequence contribution to the safety of winch launching are worthy of recognition.