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Old 12-22-2003, 05:48 PM
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LouW
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Default RE: free tailwheels

The picture is the spring-centered tailwheel on my Easy Sport. It works great. The advantages are:
1. No direct connection to the servo prevents shock and possible damage to the gears.
2. If the tailwheel is directly connected, depending on the geometry, either it will be too sensitive on take off or it will not allow tight turns when taxiing. The spring centered castoring tailwheel responds as conditions require.
3. On take off the propeller slipstream is always adequate to provide control from the beginning.
4. It is a simpler installation than a steerable one.

I have eight aircraft, all tailwheel, with fixed, steerable, and spring centered castoring. I don’t have any trouble with any configuration. They all work. (I usually fly from a paved runway and sometimes grass)
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