tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

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tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby barry9315 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:43 am

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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby MarkZ » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:06 am

Be afraid of all of em!!!
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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby smiley » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:05 pm

:D If you learn to use your feet and respect them, they all will work. some better than others, depending on the airplane, tail weight, rigging..........
but most of all the pilot
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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby danerazz » Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:07 pm

I think you should mount the wings backwards and put a pusher prop on it.
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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby SheepdogRD » Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:32 pm

Would that mean a taildragger would become a nosedragger?
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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby danerazz » Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:45 pm

SheepdogRD wrote:Would that mean a taildragger would become a nosedragger?


I don't know, but it would be one of the slower canards out there
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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby rmullins » Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:46 pm

To respond to the original question...

I started out with the standard Matco steerable wheel, and at the time the narrow one was supplied with the kit. It worked well but when I saw the "new' wider Matco supplied with the newer kits I wanted one because it would be less likely to dig furrows in the field when it was wet. It was also steerable but I never could stop it from shimmying on hard surfaces and eventually went with Chris's "Outlander" free swivel. I was a bit apprehensive about the free swivel part at first but now I really like it. The first time I took it out on a hard surface I made several landings and on one I made a rather higher speed exit off the runway and found the plane rapidly tightening the turn. Fortunately I caught it in time and it turned into one of my favorite kind of lessons...the kind that doesn't cost anything. I filed that bit of information away and have no regrets and I'm very happy with the wheel.
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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby levyland » Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:18 pm

Go with Jim Pekola's tail wheel http://www.wingsforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=218&t=23464

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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby rmullins » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:03 pm

actually that should have been "Outcast" tailwheel...
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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby scubarider2 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:24 pm

Mount it up front and NO PROBLEM! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: tail drager. fixed wheel, free swivel, or sterable

Postby taildrgfun » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:03 am

I have Jim Pekola's tailwheels on both of our planes and am totally happy with them.
He had a new design, aluminum locking TW at Arlington that looked amazing! It is for HLDR's and if I was in the market for a TW I would for sure get one of them.
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