Trailing-link landing gear

Trailing-link landing gear

If you have ever been in a PC-12, or watched as one was landing, we would be willing to bet that you were impressed by how smooth it felt and looked. These gentle landings are soft because we have excellent pilots, and are also due in part to our retractable trailing-link landing gear.

Famous for comfortable landings even on the roughest surfaces, the trailing-link gear combines a massive swinging arm with an oleo strut, which helps to absorb the shocks. This gear is the reason we can land on all kinds of unimproved runways — including grass, dirt, and crushed coral — with such ease.


Note: This article is displaying as it appeared in Volume 14 of our PlaneSense: Informational Quarterly newsletter.
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