“It stops faster,” says Gilbert Beringer, President of Beringer Wheels & Brakes. The new wheel maintains the classic Beringer look, but its 6.00 x 6 structure is more robust, giving a rated load of 950kg for each of the mains.
The complete system consists of everything inside all three wheel pants, including the axles; and all the way up, through the master cylinders, and includes all stainless-sheathed hoses and no-leak fittings.
Especially noteworthy is the Beringer ALIR anti-skid system, which allows normal differential braking but also prevents lockup, allowing even faster stops, straighter. This is the first anti-skid device ever approved for use on a Cirrus.
Beringer is known for light weight, high-strength wheels; this time, weight-saving design and technology allowed more power to go into stopping the airplane. Gilbert said, “We made the brakes no heavier than the standard system, but much more powerful.” And that power is usable, because the Beringer STC includes the patented ALIR anti-skid system, which allows normal differential braking and permits
Heavy-duty twin-piston calipers (one per wheel for the SR20; two each for the SR22) clamp down on a noticeably heavy steel disc.
Still, there is attention to maintaining pure beauty: the heavy steel disc is aluminum-coated, to prevent rust wherever the brake pads do not rub.
Tests have confirmed significantly shorter stopping distances and greatly reduced fade; and the EASA certification already awarded leads reciprocal FAA certification by just a few months.
The Beringer Wheel & Brake system will be available as a retrofit to Cirrus SR20 and -22 airplanes this year; plans include developing an option for sale on new Cirrus aircraft. Retrofits will available factory-direct, and soon through Beringer subsidiary BBi, in Chicago. Prices have not yet been announced.
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