API Tailwheel on a Chief

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Chief Pilot
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API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by Chief Pilot » Mon Jun 27, 2016 21:14

Hi all,
I recently replaced the Scott 3-24B tailwheel on my Chief with an Aviation Products Inc API 6131. Before I fly it, I have a question for someone with the same setup: Full rudder deflection puts the tailwheel in full swivel mode. Is that the way it is supposed to work? The Scott wouldn't swivel until additional pivot was induced by brake application on one side. Is there any problem if it unlocks during landing rollout? Granted, I shouldn't be using full rudder travel during rollout, but I'm not sure I've developed enough finesses yet that it won't happen. :?
Thanks,
Raleigh

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Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by Paul Agaliotis » Tue Jun 28, 2016 14:04

Raleigh,
If it unlocks at the full travel that's what you want. It shouldn't unlock prior to full deflection, add a link if it does. Keep it lubed with a light weight grease, I used chassis grease and had to clean the lock mechanism. Not a big job but this wheel needs a light lube.
I think you'll like your new tail wheel.
Paul
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Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by Chief Pilot » Wed Jul 06, 2016 20:49

Hi Paul, thanks for the info. You're right, I do like the tailwheel. I had a chance to fly last weekend and try it out. It works well, looks good, and doesn't cost a fortune.

Raleigh

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Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by Paul Agaliotis » Wed Jul 06, 2016 20:55

One of the best bargains in aviation. Glad it worked out for you.
Paul
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Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by MikeB » Thu Jul 07, 2016 06:09

Agreed!! Much better than the "shimmering, shaking" Maule and the price is right.

Mike

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