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
I lucked into my first airplane ride in a Cherokee 140 when I was 15 years old, and for the next two years, all my lawn-mowing money went straight into the cash register of the local FBO.
This 400-foot “runway” has a swamp at one end and a two-story brick building at the other.
For the first time in its seventy-five year history, AOPA will meet its members where they fly and share the joy of flight at a series of one-day regional fly-ins.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.