So now I have “real” brakes on my older Airborne trike. I took the trike out for some taxi tests and was
pleasantly surprised. It stops very well. So well, in fact, that I even managed to “bark” the rear tires with
some overzealous testing. After several laps up and down the runway checking the brakes at different
speeds and stopping distances, I went back to the hangar and checked everything in the system for tightness,
leaks, and overall soundness. Everything checked out so I took her out for a flight.
I shot a bunch of touch-and-goes and was able to stop easily within half the distance that I was getting with
my old brakes. I think that with some more flight time and experimentation, I can get the stopping distance
down to something super short – maybe around 200 feet from touch down to full stop. I am excited to
measure this out.
All told, I spent about $625 on this kit and assorted added pieces to get decent brakes for my trike. It was a
fun project and has vastly improved the trike’s performance on short unimproved fields around here in
Appalachia. Feel free to shoot me any questions at email@example.com.