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.
10″ x 10″ wheel is 16 pounds and made out of aluminum. Each wheel is sold individually.
For just a little more than the cost of the old-fashioned adapters, you get fully-tested aluminum wheel with all the wheel bearings, dust seals, and brake disks included. The machined surfaces of the wheels also fit better on Airhawk tires. And since you get everything new, you can sell or reuse your existing Cleveland wheels.
STC requires Piper and Husky aircraft with 1.25″ axles to use ABI-WBCK-P/H.