The engineering team at Gap-Tallard, France-based Beringer Wheels & Brakes has devised a new tailwheel design to help prevent ground loops in tailwheel-equipped airplanes. The patented “tailwheel with double pivot” essentially is a lockable tailwheel that is steerable while in the locked position. Beringer also announced that it has received a supplemental type certificate for a complete Cirrus SR20/22 replacement wheel and brake system with Beringer’s anti-lock inline regulator (ALIR) anti-skid braking feature.
Conventional landing gear
A Cessna Citation 550 cleared a piston single taildragger by only 15 feet while the jet was taking off last week from Caruaru Airport, a non-tower airfield in northeastern Brazil. The jet lifted off early to avoid the single-engine airplane, which was landing from the opposite direction. (Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.
Kevin Laufer, a GIV captain for an international reinsurance company based in Bermuda and the owner of a 1946 Globe Swift, recently established the Tailwheel Pilots Association (TPA). He says that 1,000 taildragger enthusiasts have already joined.
A Florida jury has found Cessna liable for the 1989 crash of a 185 in Florida and returned a record $480 million verdict against the Wichita-based manufacturer. Nobody died in the accident, but the three occupants of the 1966-model taildragger were injured in the crash and ensuing fire. The award consists of $400 million in punitive damages and $80 million in compensatory damages.