Oversize tires provide more shock absorption and more ground clearance for off airport operations than traditional light airplane tires. Whether landing on soft or rocky “runways” these tires increase capabilities and safety margins at they same time they reduce the wear and tear on the airplane.
Hitchcock Aviation offers couple of choices in these super-sized tires: 8.50×10 and 29 inch tires that are mounted on 10″ wheels or the airbag like Alaskan Bushwheels (26”, 29”, 31” and 35” tires) mounted on 6” wheels. These wheels are not just for Supercubs, Huskys, Maules and Skywagons!
Alaska Tundra Tires or Alaskan Bushwheels are a great combination with the Airglas Nose Fork on a tricycle geared Cessna. Tundra Tires or Bushwheels on the mains and an 8.50×6 mounted under an Airglas Fork will help turn your Cessna into an off road, on the beach, machine.
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Manufacturer: Airframes Alaska
The Alaskan Bushwheel is the ultimate Off Road Airplane tire. These enormous airbag type tires absorb large obstacles (like rocks) and simultaneously increase ground clearance for expensive things like propellers. These tires are designed for low pressure use by incorporating the valve in the side of the tire, thus preventing valve shear and flat tires when you choose to land in the middle of nowhere.
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Requires Airglas Nose Fork. This setup offers a large prop clearance as well as great off airport landing capability. Depending on the aircraft an 8.50×6 on the nose may not be optimal for tail clearance and an 8.00×6 nose wheel is another great option. Double Puck brakes offer a large increase in stopping power and overall safety for heavier aircraft in short-field situations.
The Alaska Tundra Tire main gear kit consists of Tires, Tubes, and 10 inch wheel adapters (Previously known as Gar-Aero.) These magnesium adapters are fastened to a set of 6 inch Cleveland Wheels. The Alaska Tundra Tire conversion allows you put Air Trac 8.50 x 10 tires & tubes on your existing wheels. (We recommend, but do not require, a 6 bolt wheel with double puck brakes if you don’t already have them.)