August 1, 2013 - Beringer, the well-known French manufacturer of wheels and brakes, has debuted at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh a new twin-pivot tail wheel designed to advance the safety of taildraggers that resists ground loops.
Beringer technicians found that landing instability increases with the square of speed, challenging even skilled pilots' efforts to master the more-conventional tail wheel. Fast airplanes like the P-51 Mustang employ locking tail wheels that counter the instability but do not allow as much correction for crosswind conditions and to counter engine torque.
Beringer's solution: a tail wheel incorporating a double-pivot mechanism. The rear Pivot 1 is in line with the wheel axis for precise control on takeoff, landing, and taxiing turns; the forward Pivot 2 unlocks to allow full articulation when needed for pivoting around a main wheel.
For more information visit Beringer at Booth 437 or go to www.Beringer-Aero.com.