Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. In the case of the now venerable Bushwheel, it was necessity coupled with that nagging itch to get out there beyond the airport, airstrip, or tame patch of cut grass where backcountry flying really begins. First came the oversized balloon tires made in the off season by aviation tinkerers like Weldy Phillips, and then a slew of under-the-radar lookalikes in the '70s, '80s, and 90's that did the job albeit not too safely.
That's what the original inventors of Alaskan Bushwheels sought to bring to the bush flying community: A tested and approved bush tire that gets pilots out into the wilds and back again safely.
Several years later and the brand includes two variants, the lightweight Airstreak and trusty Bushwheel. The brand is also "Alaskan" in a real sense. In 2014 Airframes Alaska bought the company and moved all manufacturing from Oregon back home to the 49th state.
Picking the Best Bushwheel for the Plane, Pilot, and Type of Flying
Alaskan Bushwheels are designed for use in flying and landing off-field in the most rugged backcountry operations. Not only do these tires absorb more energy upon landing than the standard airplane tire, they provide increased ground and prop clearance without the worry of tire slippage and stem shearing.
Below you'll find our full range of bush tires. Not sure what you're looking for? These are our quick recommendations:
- Flying a light sport aircraft? Choose 26" or 29" Airstreaks, or hold out for the NEW experimental Ultralight Bushwheels coming mid 2016 (designed specifically for experimental only LSA with a gross weight of 1320 lbs or less).
- First time upgrading from a standard tube-type tire? Go for 26" Bushwheels.
- Flying a Cessna, Maule, or heavier plane? Look into a set of 29" Bushwheels.
- Want the go-to bush tire? Choose 31" Bushwheels.
- Want the most unapologetically large bush flying tire available? That's the 35" Bushwheel.
- Flying a Beaver or Pilatus? Go for the robust 35" Beaver Bushwheel.
- Frequently landing and taxiing on pavement, but still landing off-airport? Consider buffed or non-buffed Airhawks.
We also offer heavy tread options for most Bushwheels. Call us at 907-331-4480 if you're interested in this added bush tire feature.