TheDL From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 31 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3049 times:
figured this group would get a kick out of something like this... my buddy Andy has been building lancair legacies for the races in reno. In his spare time he designed and built this plane from the ground up... 90% carbon fiber, weighs in just under 500 lbs empty with oil.
oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6517 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2943 times:
How does the nose undercarriage work? It seems counterintuitive having it pointing forwards. Does it rotate just at the wheel mounting point or does the undercarriage leg move so the wheel leans? I know the Predator has a similar sort of arrangement.
contrail25 From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2656 times:
It depends I guess. Two of the planes I have flown have castoring nose wheels (up to a certain angle) and also nosewheel steering. While taxiing with differential braking isn't all that cosmic to get the hang of, I only use it if I need to make a very tight turn i.e. a 180 out of my parking spot. The rest of the time I use nosewheel steering, it's required by my operating manuals in order to limit the wear on the brakes (not to mention hot brakes after a heavy weight landing).
Hope that answers your question, if only from my small point of view.
oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6517 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
Quoting contrail25 (Reply 6): Hope that answers your question, if only from my small point of view.
Thanks for that. I was just wondering how the differential braking compared to using the nose steering, but I suppose, like most things, you can adjust, and as you indicate, it can give you a tighter turning circle when needed.
contrail25 From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2647 times:
More specifically, if you are not actively on the pedals/brakes with castoring nose wheels, the plane has more of a tendency to wander. With nose wheel steering it's less likely to. Just my experience.