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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:05 pm
by uscgairdale
In order to fit my Lazair into a t-hangar with other aircraft I needed a way to move it sideways. Over the years I have seen some interesting ways to move ultralights like that and here is a dolly that I came up with based on my needs.

I figured that it needed to be:

1. very manueverable.
2. capable to moving on both pavement and grass.
3. easy to use.

As you can see, I based my design on one of those automotive creepers for working under a car. That keeps the need to lift the Lazair to a minimum. Each of the wheels is castering and has tubes/tires large enough to work on grass. When the Lazair is in the hangar I plan to keep it off of this contraption to reduce pressure points on the wheels/tires.

So far it has worked very well. I anticipate that once the engines are on board that it will be significantly heavier so I plan to make some small ramps to pull it up onto and off of the dolly.


PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:08 pm
by uscgairdale
Here's a pic with the plane all strapped in. I've found out that it moves quite nicely without the straps.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:11 pm
by uscgairdale
One last pic. This dolly is eight feet long, naturaly it could be made shorter for a single place.


PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:33 pm
by uscgairdale
The wheels are Azusa nylon 5" wheels. You can get them most any place. Aircraft Spruce had the best price when I bought them last fall.

I would like to have kept it with the orignal rotary skid type wheels, but the Lazair II spends a significant amount of time on it's front wheels while on the ground. My old wheels were falling apart from 20 years of exposure to the sunlight and they could never take the pavement at it's new airport.


PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:16 pm
by Don
Very nice! Alot better background than the first photos we saw!

PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:37 am
by huronflyer
That is cool Dave.
My Lazair friend here has a pair of dollies he uses
to get his plane in on an angle.
Also another friend puts his planes in sideways, using dollies
similar to yours.

the other Dave

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:47 pm
by uscgairdale
My method of moving B034 has evolved. I now have a flat surface and a hand winch to bring it up onto the platform via small ramps.

I heard from one of my friends down here that not having to move a Lazair sideways would be a lot easier.....Thanks a bunch Captain Obvious!