Upgrading to a Full Swivel Tailwheel: A Sonex Owner’s Guide

Benefits of upgrading If you’re flying a Sonex now or have a Sonex kit, you’re probably familiar with the tailwheel assembly. Whether it’s the new machined tailwheel assembly or the stock welded caster setup, the Sonex tailwheel assembly, like many small aircraft tailwheels, does not full swivel. This allows the kit manufacturer to cut costs, …

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Tailwheel Installation

These instructions should walk you through the basic information that you will need to install a new tailwheel and properly maintain the assembly. If you’d like to see the inner workings of the assembly, take a look at our video below. Defining Terminology Before we do anything, let’s define some terminology for these tailwheel parts. …

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Onex Heel Brake Setup

Our friend and Screaming Eaglet test pilot Todd Reifers sent us this drawing after modifying his Onex brake system to a differential setup (note that the two-seater Sonex will have a different setup, given the different cockpit configuration).   Pictured below is the finished installation. All images courtesy of Todd Reifers.      Whatever ads …

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