Beringer Wheels & Brakes has introduced a new, lightweight tailwheel assembly for the Pipistrel Sinus, with applications for other aircraft.
The two-piece anodized aluminum wheel with sealed ball bearings and its 6-ply 200 x 50 tire and tube weighs 29 ounces. It rides on the 8mm diameter Sinus axle, so no aircraft modifications are required.
“We designed and built a particularly light but strong tailwheel to complement the Beringer mains used throughout the Pipistrel line,” said Rémi Beringer, chief designer. “This wheel and tire have a design load of 150kg [330 lb], which makes this assembly ideal for the Sinus.”
Other applications, including some in both OEM and homebuilt markets, will also benefit from this design’s strength/weight ratio, according to company officials, who note the new tailwheel may soon be seen on amateur-built aircraft, as well as in several additional OEM applications.
The tire is delivered already mounted and pressure-tested. Retail price is $249 US.
For more information: Beringer-Aero.com