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.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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