Some years ago Miles McCallum of Flyer magazine approached us to help design a conventional landing gear for the Europa. The project took some time before a design was finalised but it was worth the wait.
The basis of the conversion are two trigear main legs reversed. Customised reinforcements consisting of Y shaped webs are added. These nestle under the knees and act as an aid to entry and egress as the seat base is no longer needed as a step.
The Flyer Europa was sold and Mike Davis purchased the aircraft and completed the taildragger build as G-MLXP. The LAA took their time approving the modification, however, it is now fully approved.
Recommended for mono owners who cannot quite accept the trigear route.
We can arrange supply and fit of the landing gear conversion - price on application as it depends on the age and configuration of the donor aircraft.
This modification is available optionally as a license only (applicable mainly to non-UK countries such as USA, NZ, Australia, etc.) where local supplies can be sourced.
Our intent in 2020 was to provide a full kit consisting main gear legs (see below), pre-cut plies for all reinforcements (as the orientations vary significantly to match the load distribution into the primary structure), main wheels, brakes, finger brake kit and a flap actuator.
All options included step by step instructions.
However, COVID-19 slowed and then halted the development of the main legs and, due to a significant increase in consulting work, we have not been able to fully test the instructions. Our intent is to complete these steps in 2021. In the meantime we have offered the license-only option for builders who are able to proceed with their own parts.
Prices vary according to the level of equipment chosen. For example the basic kit consists of pre-cut GF and CF plies, web reinforcement, landing gear sockets and gear legs (Acroflight custom design with undrilled headstock for better accuracy. Additional equipment required can be purchased from Europa Aircraft or via Acroflight, this includes, finger brake kit, flap actuator and fixing kit, brakes (options available for Beringer or MATCO), spats and fairing covers.
We have arranged a partner, to install taildragger kits into owner's aircraft. Hence the top price option is for a 'turnkey' conversion - we even collect your aircraft and deliver it back to a location of your chosing when completed. Rob has many years of experience working with composites - the work is 5-star quality.
Europa taildragger conversion
Due to the customised nature of the product we do not accept returns unless the product is defective on delivery.
We ship by courier using the cheapest means possible. P&P is extra, typically UK delivery is under £100. Overseas P&P can be quoted.