Can you stop nose gear shimmy?

Can You Stop Nose Gear Shimmy

By DAVE McFARLANE

“A Cessna nose wheel is supposed to shimmy.” “You can’t really stop it.” “All the Pipers do it.” You have heard similar comments many times. My response is always the same: “Did it shimmy when it was new?”

Nose gear shimmy is destructive and not normal and, yes, it can be stopped.

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Pilot selects wrong landing area

Aircraft: Thorp T-18. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Panama City, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airport had a turf runway and a paved runway under construction. The pilot entered the traffic pattern with the intention of landing on the southern part of the private turf runway to avoid construction [Read more...]