We build to popular sizes of tailwheels, fittings, and steel tailgear springs.
The 10” and 14” STC’d tailwheels are FAA approved upgrades for the Cessna 180, 185, and 188. The internal parts in our tailwheels are inter-changeable with Scott Aviation’s popular 3400 series tailwheels, making maintenance a breeze.
The tapered tubular tailgear spring, also referred to by Skywagon owners as the “stinger”, is made in the 1.000 size and the 1.125 size. This dimension is measured where the tailwheel head bolts to the stinger.
Our tailwheel forks and hubs are made from new aluminum alloys that meet FAA current production safety requirements. This makes for extended service life. Some of the internal parts are also manufactured by The Landing Gear Works and most are interchangeable with the original Scott Aviation parts. This makes replacement and repairs simple and quick.
Safety in ground handling is the biggest benefit of the 500×5 Tailwheel. Maneuverability on soft ground is done with less power because of the larger rolling radius of the larger tire. This reduces prop abrasion from rocks and sand. Improved taxi visibility reduces the blind spots over the nose. Use of a Tailwheel Lock is recommended. The 14” assembly uses the Goodyear 500×5 6-ply tire; no blowouts have ever been reported!
The 10″ Tailwheel is heavier duty and more durable than the original tailwheels for the Cessna 180, 185. It is more rugged, and is suitable for landing on grass strips or hard surface runways; when standard mains are used. It is an upgrade, and is our most popular Tailwheel.
All Tailwheels manufactured by The Landing Gear Works are assembled using modern assembly techniques. We pay special attention to improving the bonding and configuration of internal parts, for the best wear and longest life of your Tailwheel. It has always been a priority to maintain good communications with our customers, whose input and suggestions help us to improve designs and techniques, so please contact us with your comments!
Also, if you’re having trouble with your tail gear then you may be able to find a solution in our Tail Gear Troubleshooting Guide.