March 2015 Issue

Beringer Brakes: Lightweight, Anti-Skid

A new line of bolt-on brakes and tubeless wheels from Beringer Aero offers big-airplane performance for smaller models, including LSA.

Using its experience building patented motorcycle racing brakes, wheels and forks, French manufacturer Beringer Aero brings modern braking technology to small aircraft with a new line of bolt-on brake components and wheels. Said to be the lightest brakes and wheels available for small aircraft, Beringerís components are now used by several OEMs, including Cirrus, Diamond and Pilatus, in addition to a long list of LSA and experimental kit manufacturers. The product line is unique because it includes an anti-skid feature, plus wheels that accommodate tubeless tire installations. We took a close look at Beringerís line of brakes and wheels for LSA applications at this yearís U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, and also sampled its larger braking system in a new Cirrus. We think the technology represents the next generation of aircraft brakes.

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