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Landing Gear Wheels and Brakes

Your Brake Installation

10/1/1987 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, October 1987)

Brakes, as well as the lack of brakes, are co-contributors to a lot of embarrassing incidents, accidents and scares due to downright unpredictable braking actions.

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Gear Retraction Details

3/1/1980 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, March 1980)

ONCE YOU DECIDE to equip your airplane with a retractable gear, no blank piece of paper, no tablecloth, or napkin will ever again be safe from your sketches and doodles of retractable gear details.

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Customizing Wheel Pants

12/1/1979 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, December 1979)

IN BUMMING AROUND airports I find most fixed landing gear installations are dirty aerodynamically and would benefit, both aesthetically and performance-wise, by the addition of customized fairings to the wheel pants already installed.

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Tail Wheel Installations

6/1/1979 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, June 1979)

REGARDLESS OF ITS unsightly and unstreamlined configuration, the conventional tail gear is completely functional and probably produces less drag than the average nose wheel installation.

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Spring Steel Landing Gears

5/1/1979 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, May 1979)

LANDING GEAR INSTALLATIONS are built-up of parts and subassemblies. The fewer the parts, the better the gear . . . in theory at least. Not only that, but wouldn't it be easier to build?

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How to Install Wheel Pants

8/1/1975 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, August 1975)

IF YOU ADD wheel pants (speed fairings) for good looks, you will undoubtedly come closer to being satisfied than if you add them to increase the speed of the airplane.

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