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General Aviation Aircraft Design by Snorri Gudmundsson

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Chapter 13

The Anatomy of the Landing Gear

Abstract

The chapter presents important information required to properly select wheels, tires, and brakes for aircraft. Methodologies to allow the designer to better size and select these landing gear components are introduced. Additionally, a number of important concepts regarding fixed and retractable landing gear design are presented, in order to ensure reader familiarity before beginning the layout of the landing gear. Then, a cookbook methods to place the nose, main, and tail wheels of the airplane, for a conventional, taildragger, and monowheel configurations is presented. Finally, methods to calculate the reaction loads for the landing gear and to evaluate the airspeed required to rotate the airplane ...

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