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Wheel Fairings Question

Postby scubarider2 » Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:45 pm

I am thinking about putting on wheel fairings.  I like several at Aircraft Spruce.  I have never put them on a plane.  How do they mount?  Would I have to fabricate brackets you think?  Anyone out there put wheel fairings on the Escapade or Highlander?
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Postby jak » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:55 pm

Dennis call me tomorrow at foothills and I will tell you how to put on wheel pants. To much for me to type not that good with the typing.   Jak
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Postby scubarider2 » Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:56 pm

Jak, will do.  Probably Wed if that is ok.  
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Postby Johnny C! » Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:14 pm

I WANNA KNOW TOO!


Johnny C!  :)
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flying an airplane. There is no sense in rushing any of the others.

I would much rather be looking down at the runway, than up at it.

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Postby scubarider2 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:19 pm

Well, decided NOT to go with the wheel pants.  Learned there are a headache when on a grass field with all the crap that gets up in them, then there is a possibility that something could get hung.  So, the benefits do not match the problems.  Thanks for those who responded to me though.  You guys are great.
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Postby Dave Krall CFII SEL SES » Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:21 pm

scubarider2 wrote:Well, decided NOT to go with the wheel pants.  Learned there are a headache when on a grass field with all the crap that gets up in them, then there is a possibility that something could get hung.  So, the benefits do not match the problems.  Thanks for those who responded to me though.  You guys are great.
Dennis


That's what it comes down to. Wheel pants don't even "look good" on a plane that's going in & out of surfaces other than asphalt (let alone bush or off field sites) because of all the potential for problems.

Lot's of wheel pants get damaged by rocks and end up getting ripped off by hand and discarded, just to get back out of some strips in Idaho such as Soldier Bar. Even worse, sometimes a sharp rock'll get in between the wheel pant and tire when landing & shred the tire's sidewall...
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Postby Johnny C! » Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:27 pm

Hey!
 The debris issue is kind of why I want
to investigate making my own Maul style
pant & I'm building this aircraft to fly my
family, so I intend to be using conventional
runways, and an occasional grass strip.

As I build my time & courage, then I
will consider coverting it to conventional
gear, sans, wheel pants. I want an airplane
thats functional, fun & affordable.

Jak,
 I hope to be back down to the factory
next weekend. I'm still healing up a little...

Later!

John
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