Converting to a tail dragger

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Converting to a tail dragger

Unread post by Duncan M » Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:13 am

Currently looking seriously at 3 used KFA aircraft - one is an Explorer with a nose wheel. I believe converting it to a taildragger is possible?
Anyone here done the same ?
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Re: Converting to a tail dragger

Unread post by Foxbat25 » Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:20 pm

Apparently it is possible. Airframes are built with three mounting brackets on each side. One at the leading edge of the door, the middle and the trailing edge of the door. For the nosewheel application the one in the middle and the rear one is used to attach the gear. The bungy chord is attached to the frame in line with the rear bracket. For the tail wheel application the front and middle bracket is used and I think the bungy chord is then attached somewhere in the middle of the airframe, under the seat. Maybe give Stefan a call at KFA.
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Re: Converting to a tail dragger

Unread post by Jean Crous » Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:24 pm

Quite an easy conversion, BUT , more costly than just doing a taildragger convex :lol: My unsolicited advice, just go and get a tailie rating.
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Re: Converting to a tail dragger

Unread post by Duncan M » Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:25 am

Chaps anyone here that has and flies a bushbaby regularly and that is around 6 foot 2? If so did you do mods to seat to fit in ?
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Re: Converting to a tail dragger

Unread post by stefan » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:49 am

Converting a nose wheel to tailwheel is easy. There is a cost involved and some elbow grease but one day is more than enough. Much easier to go from nose to tail than the other way around.
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Re: Converting to a tail dragger

Unread post by Foxbat25 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:17 pm

I had a look at the arrangement on the Bushbaby - Do you have to swap the left and right gear legs around in order to get the attachment point for the suspension cords on the leading edge of the gear?

Are the gear legs for the taildragger and nose wheel the same length (height above ground)?
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Re: Converting to a tail dragger

Unread post by stefan » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:33 pm

You need a new set of landing gear. The nose and tailwheel are not the same.

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