August 1, 2013
By Thomas A. Horne
Beringer Wheels and Brakes is developing a new tailwheel that promises ground-loop-free landings for taildragger pilots.
The company, which also makes supplemental type certificated high-performance, replacement lightweight wheels and anti-skid brakes ($7,559) for the Cirrus SR20 and SR22, explains that its double-pivot tailwheel can be made to move as the rudder moves. This sort of semi-locked feature lets pilots correct for crosswinds without running the risk of a ground loop, Beringer says. For tight turns, the tailwheel can be unlocked so as to caster freely for tight turns and taxiing.
The company promises maneuverability during crosswind landings without the risk of ground-loop-inducing instability. Testing is now under way, and within six months the tailwheel should receive its first supplemental type certificate approval—for installation in Piper Super Cubs. A price has yet to be established.
Safety and Education
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
Mooney, back in the business of producing high-performance aircraft in Kerrville, Texas, since February, will sell its first completed airplane in an online auction.
The ultra-sleek, ultra high-tech Rotax-powered Stemme S-10 is back on display at Sun 'n Fun 2014, but that’s not the company’s big news. Under newly named President Mark Stevenson, Stemme has established Stemme USA, Inc.
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