TheDL From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 31 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2377 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, 6182 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (3 years 15 hours ago) and read 2271 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 (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1984 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, 6182 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1980 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.
Man City p3 w3 d0 l0 f4 a0 P9 - hey it may never happen again!
contrail25 From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1975 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.