Hello from the UK

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  1. May 27, 2017 #1

    Seanxair

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    Hi all,

    I live in the UK and fly an Easy Raider microlight from my own strip. The Easy Raider is a tandem high wing aircraft derived from the Sky Raider II as far as I know. I am looking for an alternative to bungee undercarriage and will start a thread on that.

    Best wishes,

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    Welcome

    Tell us more about your airplane, and why you want to change the landing gear.


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  3. May 27, 2017 #3

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    The airplane is nice to fly and while a tandem is really a single seater. The rear seat is very cramped but a good luggage area. It is an approved aircraft and therefore needs an annual inspection and check flight.

    It has a Jabiru 4 stroke engine, cruises at 65-70kts and I fly from a 190m strip at home. The wingfold means I can keep it in a barn. The landing gear is ok but even new correctly tensioned bungees are not strong enough to contract the extended strut if I spin the tail round by using the brake on one side. It then looks lobsided when parked. Also the single bungees which we use are difficult to fit when replacing. Bungee loops would be better probably. I have new bungees just over a year ago and already I can see signs of wear. I'm looking for alternatives before something fails! I have posted into an interesting thread currently live on here which is discussing this very matter.
    Here is a link to a report on a recent bungee failure here http://www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk/2015/Magazine/Oct/safety_spot.pdf
    And a video of where I fly from
     
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    How long is that strip?
     
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    Looks like fun airplane and a nice place to fly.
     
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    190m

     
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    Wow, that's approximately 623 ft! A friend has about 650 ft is the reason I ask; I had assumed that it was long enough (and I know it is depending on the aircraft - 190 feet is enough for some of them!), but your vids demonstrate that it is actually pretty usable for a relatively normal aircraft.

    Doh! You had that length in the post #3 (I need remedial reading study)!
     
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    It is reasonably open depending on the crop rotation. This year it is oil seed rape all round which is taller and much nastier. It is pretty usable but I don't need a brake failure especially if landing on heading 110 (the opposite way to the video) as it runs downhill slightly from halfway and I have the hedge to get over on the way in.
    The photo with the rape in flower was taken on May 7. The other one was taken at 3.55pm today. I've been for a bumpy flight earlier and will go again shortly.

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