Powered Parachute Flying Handbook

Chapter 3 — Components and Systems

Axle and Wheel Assembly

The rear and front wheels of the powered parachute are an assembly and consist of a tire, a rim, and an inner and outer set of wheel bearings. The wheel is secured on a spindle and held in place by a nut and a cotter pin. Each spindle is typically mounted on a suspension system which provides elasticity and at the same time is very strong. [Figure 3-18] The suspension system varies by manufacturer from one cart to another; refer to the POH for exact configuration and components. Some powered parachute tires are heavily treaded while others are smooth; pilot preference and the terrain type are determining factors in choice of tire profiles. [Figure 3-19] Tire sealant or thorn guards can be used to minimize flat tires.


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