You have decided you need to operate on the snow this winter and not just head for the Baja with your plane. Airglas Skis are both the most durable and the most cost effective way to get your plane on new skis.
Airglas Skis are designed to withstand the day in and day out abuse of the long arctic winter, yet are maneuverable, light, and long lasting. The skis make use of some of the latest reinforced plastics and fiberglas which allow them to absorb extremely high shock loads without damaging the ski or the aircraft.
Airglas designs skis with rolled edges and angled bushings to lessen side loads on the landing gear and axles and to provide greater maneuverability. The skis have a flexible tip and large flat planing area to allow for maximum support, fast planing, and a quick rise out of deep snow. Just compare the surface area of the Airglas skis to that of the competition.
Hitchcock Aviation offers Straight Skis, Fixed Penetration Skis, or Hydraulic Wheel Skis depending on your needs and your airplane. Browse through the skis at right and feel free to contact us with any questions about the skis or which ones would be right for you.
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The LW-3600 is a two position fixed penetration ski mounted to the stock landing gear and axles. The fixed penetration ski offers the convenience of wheels for getting off and on the hard surface as well as great performance in the snow. The light weight, yet very durable, fiberglass construction and the large surface area provide loads of flotation even in the deepest snow.
The LW-2500 is a fixed penetration ski attaches to stock landing gear (3” extended is highly recommended) and can use either 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch axles. The fixed penetration ski offers the convenience of wheels to get you off and on the hard surface. The light weight, yet very strong, fiberglass construction offers great performance and flotation even in the deepest snow.
The LH-4000 Hydraulic Wheel Ski is for those that need the ultimate ski utility, hard surfaces and maximum performance on the snow. The LH-4000 is a thermoplastic ski incorporating some of the latest technological advances in materials making it stronger and lighter than other skis. When in the Ski position, a hydraulic cylinder drives a carbon door under the wheel, making the bottom flush on the snow. The LH-4000 performs as well or better than a straight ski, yet offers the versatility being able to use the wheels when you need them.
The L-3000 ski have stood the test of time. They have been on C170’s, C180’s, and C185s for over 40 years. The Fiberglas construction withstands the daily abuses of winter flying. These simple and light weight skis are easy to install and take your 170, 180, or 185 to any snowy location.
The L-2500A Straight Ski is made for those lucky enough to operate only on snow. These fiberglass skis are simple and light making the changeover is the spring and the fall a very reasonable project. The lightness of the skis and the UHMW bottoms make for great performance in the snow.
The GLH-3000 is the latest ski developed by Airglas for the Sub 3000 lb airplane market. It uses composite/carbon fiber construction to make a hydraulic wheel ski that has excellent performance both on the snow and on hard surfaces. The ski provides a larger surface area on the snow than its competitors, yet is lighter and less expensive.
There are 8 different models of the Magnum 1 Tail Ski that are designed to fit Scott and McCauley tailwheels with 8″ and 10″ tires and the Baby Bushwheel tire.