Wheels on the CheapóBy Brandon Oberlin, Terry Lutke
When a mishap (non-flying) put Brandon Oberlin's
feet out of commission, he needed temporary
wheels, he didn't want to spend a lot of money.
He also didn't want to take the wheels with him so he
would only use the wheels for launch. Presumably he just slid in on his
feet for landing. Clever, cheap, functional.
Nov 27 Terry Lutke had a similar idea although his never
intended be jettisoned. It's shown below.
There are quite a few design elements to designing a
good wheeled machine. They include wheel spacing/positioning, hook-in
position/height, center of gravity, and motor positioning. Plus, its
beneficial for wing pull to steer the trike somewhat without pilot
We strongly recommend against new pilots
designing their own unless it's modeled closely on an existing unit.
Like paramotors, sometimes minute changes can cause nasty results.