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Can You Stop Nose Gear Shimmy? 
by Dave McFarlane

Can You Stop Nose Gear Shimmy?

"A Cessna nose wheel is supposed to shimmy."
"You can't really stop it."
"All the Pipers do it."

You have heard similar comments many times. My response is always the same question. Did it shimmy when it was new? 

Nose gear shimmy is destructive and not normal, and yes, it can be stopped. Never allow any amount of nose gear shimmy to continue. The quicker you take action, the easier it will be to stop it. I would like to share with you our experience in solving this problem. 


New! Nose Gear Down Limit Switch for Piper Aircraft
Save $100 off OEM List Price!

PA34-200 and PA34-200T Piper aircraft  CA95232-000 Nose Gear Down Limit Switch

PMA Products, Inc. has received FAA-PMA approval of the new CA95232-000 Nose Gear Down Limit Switch for the PA34-200 and PA34-200T Piper aircraft.

Main and nose gear switches also available for PA28 and PA32 aircraft.

For ordering information, go to Switches.

SAFE-HEET Engine Pre-HeaterSAFE-HEET Engine Pre-Heater
Pre-heat in cold weather for longer engine life

Safe, Economical and Efficient

  • Thin, flexible pad bonds to engine oil sump with thermo-conductive adhesive 
  • Thermostat controlled
  • FAA-PMA approved for Continental, Lycoming and Franklin engines
  • No STC or form 337 required

Don't be fooled by cheaper prices -
There is a difference!

For more information, go to SAFE-HEET Engine Pre-Heater.

Installation Tip:
SAFE-HEET engine heaters are installed with a two-part adhesive. The engine heater can be installed quickly and easily by using the 707 temperature controller at half power. At temperatures below 70 deg F the temperature controller must be used to ensure proper adhesive cure, which is essential to full service life of the heater.

Variable Temperature ControllerVariable Temperature Controller
Allows continuous heating - Always be ready to fly!

  • Makes SAFE-HEET installation fast and easy
  • Reduce the temperature to leave your pre-heater plugged in continuously
  • Can be used with other electric heaters
  • Available separately or in SAFE-HEET kits

For ordering information, go to Temperature Controller.

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McFarlane Aviation, Inc. 
696 East 1700 Road
Baldwin City, Kansas 66006

785.594.2741 Phone
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