In the early 1990's, Bob Barrows, designed the popular Bearhawk line of Aircraft (the 4-Place, the Patrol and the LSA). At the time, Bob knew that he needed a tailwheel that could take the kind of punishment that his Bearhawk builders would be putting on his airplanes. You see, Bearhawks are designed to be a utility, land just about anywhere, type of airplane. Bearhawk pilots are known to land in the desert, in the back-country strips of the Idaho Mountains, in the riverbeds of Alaska and in fact, just about anywhere else they want to. So Bob designed the Bearhawk Tailwheel tough, to take the harsh punishment of off-airport flying. With the concept proven, he started selling the plans for it.
Pretty soon, other experimental aircraft builders saw the Bearhawk Tailwheel and started using them on their airplanes. In fact, you can find the Bearhawk Tailwheel on many of the Super Cub clones, Highlanders, and Glastars to name just a few. These tailwheels are not just for the Bearhawk and Patrol airplanes. Bearhawk Tailwheels can be used on a variety of aircraft up to a gross weight of 2500 lbs.
Here are the actual weights of the tailwheels including tire, tube and wheel:
8" = 7lbs., 14 oz.
10" = 8 lbs.
Tundra - 8 lbs. 7 oz.
These tailwheels are tough enough to handle the harsh environments and rough field operations that many of our customers prefer to fly their airplanes into. Click here to see our testing program. The design is quite simple and therefore it's easy to maintain, giving you years of trouble free operations with very little upkeep needed.
Proof in the Pudding
The original prototype Bearhawk Tailwheel now has well over 2000 hours on it with over 2000 landings in every extreme. Its been up to Alaska, to mountain strips of Idaho and Colorado and everywhere in between. The Bearhawk Tailwheel is a proven design that works great.
These tailwheels are not just for the Bearhawk and Patrol airplanes. Bearhawk Tailwheels can be used on a variety of aircraft up to a gross weight of 2500 lbs.
All tailwheel parts are professionally CNC machined and then built using 1/4" thick steel jigs. This assures consistently accurate parts from tailwheel to tailwheel. What does that mean to you? In a word, "Interchangeability". For instance you may want to purchase an 8" tailwheel and a few years later, you decide that you want a 10" tailwheel. At that point you can just purchase the fork assembly for a 10" tailwheel and it will bolt right up to your original Bearhawk Tailwheel body. You can then easily switch back and forth between a 10" and an 8" tailwheel anytime you want to, with just a quick removal of one bolt.
All of the wear parts are easy to obtain. You can either purchase them through us or you can source them on the internet.
Positive Steering and Full
Options and Choices
In 2011, Bob conducted a top to bottom review of his design, and made many improvements in the tailwheels that we manufacture. Anti-shimmy enhancements, increased positive steering lock, and a smoother release to full swivel are among the improvements made. The tailwheels manufactured by Bearhawk Tailwheels LLC, are the only ones that have these new enhancements built in.
In the Fall of 2014 we started offering our new extra large Bearhawk Tundra Tailwheel. These Tailwheels are designed for the most rugged off airport use and are beefed up with a heavier walled fork system. The Tundra tire (400 x 4) is 12" tall x 4" wide. These new Tundra Tailwheels are also equipped with an adjustable friction control to allow you to increase the pivot friction and thereby reduce the tendency of your tailwheel to shimmy.
The picture below shows a comparison of the Tundra Tailwheel vs. the standard 8" tailwheel. More Info