Tue, Jun 10, 2008
Specially-Made Wheels, Tires Offer Improved Landing
There are few light-sport aircraft out there as versatile as the
Legend Cub... and American Legend Aircraft Company announced Monday
the company has begun offering yet another functional upgrade for
its popular Legend Cub LSA.
The 26-inch Alaskan Bushwheel tundra tire option allows Legend
Cub owners increased opportunities for landing their aircraft on a
variety of terrains. Bushwheel tires deliver added convenience for
Legend Cub owners, as well as enhance the comfort and safety of the
aircraft by providing softer landings and less vulnerability to
The Alaskan Bushwheel 26-inch tire was recently certified and is
now available on the Legend Cub. Branded as Airstreak, the wheel
measures 26" x 12" x 6" and is modeled after the standard Alaskan
Bushwheel, but has a lighter finished weight for LSA aircraft.
Airstreak tires have been tested and approved to a load rating of
850 lbs. per tire (1700 lbs. total on the Legend Cub), well-suited
to the Legend Cub's maximum gross weight of 1320 lbs.
Offered as an upgrade from the Legend Cub's standard 6.00 x 6"
tires, the 26-inch Airstreak tundra tires cost $2,195.00.
According to the manufacturer, Alaskan Bushwheel, the tires are
a unique design for use on light aircraft. They are handcrafted
onto airbags, have a sidewall valve-stem, and fit standard 6.00 x
6" wheels. The air pressure in Bushwheels can be lowered for
rough-ground usage. Airstreak tires can be used in off-field
operations, or on turf and paved runways. They provide increased
ground and propeller clearance, and provide maximum shock
absorption for the landing gear and fuselage. Alaskan Bushwheels
are FAA TSO C62d approved, and the 26-inch Airstreak is ASTM
certified for use on the Legend Cub.
The Legend Cub has led the category as the #1 selling American
made LSA since its introduction in 2005. Numerous enhancements make
the Legend Cub more than "just" another reinterpretation of the
classic Piper aircraft -- things like a choice of 100-horsepower
Continental or 120-horsepower Jabiru piston engines, an electric
starter, and modern glass instrumentation.
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