API Tailwheel on a Chief

Landing gear, wheels, brakes and tailwheels for all aircraft.
Post Reply
Chief Pilot
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Oct 05, 2009 23:06
Contact:

API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by Chief Pilot »

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
Paul Agaliotis
Posts: 2576
Joined: Wed Dec 08, 2004 18:49
Location: San Martin, California
Contact:

Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by Paul Agaliotis »

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
Mailing Adress : Paul Agaliotis 2060 E. San Martin, San Martin,Calif. 95046
Chief Pilot
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Oct 05, 2009 23:06
Contact:

Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by Chief Pilot »

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
Paul Agaliotis
Posts: 2576
Joined: Wed Dec 08, 2004 18:49
Location: San Martin, California
Contact:

Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by Paul Agaliotis »

One of the best bargains in aviation. Glad it worked out for you.
Paul
Mailing Adress : Paul Agaliotis 2060 E. San Martin, San Martin,Calif. 95046
MikeB
Posts: 3247
Joined: Wed Nov 17, 2004 17:07
Location: Western Wisconsin
Contact:

Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by MikeB »

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

Mike
KCOI7
Posts: 3
Joined: Sun Oct 10, 2021 22:26
Contact:

Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by KCOI7 »

curious, howdid you guys sign off the API 6131 tailwheel?
Paul Agaliotis
Posts: 2576
Joined: Wed Dec 08, 2004 18:49
Location: San Martin, California
Contact:

Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by Paul Agaliotis »

It is signed off as a minor alteration to the TCDS. Tailwheels are not a regulated item per the Civil Aviation Regulation 4.b, the Certification basis of the Aeroncas'.

Paul
Mailing Adress : Paul Agaliotis 2060 E. San Martin, San Martin,Calif. 95046
KCOI7
Posts: 3
Joined: Sun Oct 10, 2021 22:26
Contact:

Re: API Tailwheel on a Chief

Post by KCOI7 »

Looking for some tailwheel help. 1946 Chief: Old maule is shot, bought an API 6131 and not working out so good.
When I move the rudder anywhere near the limits it goes into castering mode. Spoke to Karen/API and she says it is not adjustable. Initially I had the chains lose but did not like the play associated with the slack.
Could API users tell me about their experience/ how tight they have their chains?
Post Reply