Aviat Aircraft has received FAA approval for a new, shock-absorbing landing gear for the A-1C Husky. The gear will be standard equipment on all three versions of the Husky: those equipped with the 160, 180 and 200 hp engines. The 180 and 200 hp models have also been granted a 50-pound gross weight increase.
The new landing gear eliminates landing bounce, according to Aviat officials. Dampeners inside the fuselage, attached to a reconfigured truss, prevent the bungee cords that are attached to the gear from snapping back after hard landings. The positive effects are experienced in three-point and wheel landings. Since the entire mechanism is inside the fuselage, there is no drag penalty, officials add.
Aviat Aircraft manufactures the Husky, Pitts Special and complete kits for the Eagle biplane. For more information: AviatAircraft.com or 307-885-3151.
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