Titanium Landing Gear Q&A
Titanium: 23 lbs. per gear leg. Steel C-185 Heavy-Duty gear: 37 lbs. per gear leg. Steel Light-Duty Gear: 34 lbs.
It is corrosion resistant and doesn’t fatigue like steel.
It is up to 50% stronger than Cessna steel gear. It springs further, will support more weight, and return to its original shape.
Yes, it’s a modern alloy used in aerospace construction.
No, it’s thicker because it has different bending properties than steel. Therefore, it must be made thicker to perform equivalently to Cessna steel gear.
Yes, it is very difficult to machine due to its high resistance to abrasion.
No it doesn’t. It is considered above a 100,000,000 cycle spring. Steel, as used in Cessna gear, is considered a 100,000 cycle spring.
No. Titanium is extremely resistant to the effects of all weather conditions.
Cadmium and Chromium and heat can cause embrittlement.
You can use your existing gear shims and wedges.
No. A slight modification will need to be made to the gear box outer radii and width (up to 1/8″) per The Landing Gear Works’ instructions and supplied template.
The Ti Gear is designed to be able to use the P. Ponk beef-up kit. It may take some minor adjusting on installation.
It is highly recommended for a ski plane because of its resilience to fatigue.
No. You MUST use the hardware listed on the STC approval.
Care of your Titanium Gear
No welding or machining is permitted on the Ti gear as it will render the part non-serviceable.
Contact The Landing Gear Works to determine extent of damage. However, Titanium is extremely durable against nicks.
No. It will not rust because it has no appreciable amounts of iron.
Not under normal conditions. It will corrode if contacted by strong industrial acids or using rare cleaning agents. (Refer to FAA AC43-13-1B Chapter 6 Corrosion Inspection and Protection, Section 11, specifically paragraph 6-181, Other Metals and Alloys).
No special cleaning is required.
It will remain bright for a few years, then it will slightly discolor due to a condition called oxygen absorption which can be polished out.
Yes, it can be painted, powder coated, and treated for appearance with no restrictions.
It is not necessary to paint the Titanium gear legs. The gear legs are delivered bare metal. Additional painting or polishing is available upon request.
Templates, the approved STC, and instructions. The special attach hardware will be included for standard wheel installations. If you are using ski axles, longer hardware will be needed.
Landing gear will normally be in stock at The Landing Gear Works.
Case by case basis – according to the type and condition of your steel gear.
Axles, bolt replacements, tailgear springs, some engine parts.
Yes, we expect to extend our Titanium landing gear product line to other aircraft.
NOTE: Use this guide as a reference. For Technical Data use the troubleshooting and inspection procedures in the Cessna 180/185 service manual, Section 5, the Landing Gear Wheels and Brakes.