Monday, February 25, 2013

Retractable Gear Assembly for Amphibious Ultralight Float

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We are in the middle of a blizzard here in Wichita, KS.  So we all left work early, and I brought home a prototype wheel assembly for our ultralight amphibious float.  It needs a slight bit of tuneup, but I figured you'd like to see the engineering work in process.

ultralight aircraft landing gear
Main retractable landing gear for ultralight amphibious float.

Front view of retractable gear assembly.

View of reverse side of retractable landing gear.

The wheel used is a 5"; the brake assembly is an Avid BB5.  Assembly is not complete.  Weight of the entire subassembly will be about 7.5 pounds per assembly.


Hmanvel said...

Will the amphib floats accomodate a 2-seater airplane?

Anonymous said...

This is why I ordered the carbon fiber spar option with my Belite kit. I live in a floating home on the river near the airport I'm hangared at. Conditions to hangar a plane are getting more and more difficult (expensive and difficult for anyone new to flying). At this point in my flight training, I need to get hours in taildragger w/flaps to become proficient. With the belite, I'm covering all the bases.