Wheels and Brakes

G-AWOF has the original style wheels and brakes. So far these have been trouble-free, but when they eventually wear out the high cost of spare parts means it is much cheaper to simply purchase a kit consisting of modern wheels and disc brakes that bolt onto the undercarriage.

The original brakes consist of a rubber bladder (like a small inner tube) inside the wheel. When brake fluid is pumped into the bladder it expands, pressing the brake shoes against the drums. Still working well on G-AWOF, and holds the aircraft against full power checks.

Photos show the hub and wheel assemblies, brake drums and the brake shoes/bladder. You can download exploded diagrams/parts lists by clicking on the diagrams below.

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