New plane wheels land teen at big research competition

Emerson Burkard designed a new wheel system to help aircraft better weather winds

By Bethany Brookshire, 09:09 AM June 9, 2014

LOS ANGELES – All his life, Emerson Burkard wanted to fly a plane. The 17-year-old got his wish two years ago when he started training for his pilot’s license. As he flew, the teen became impressed with the high winds he frequently faced. Wind can make landing a plane dangerous. A pilot has to fight against wind gusts to get the plane’s wheels to roll straight down the center of the runway. Last month, this rising senior at Manlius Pebble Hill School in Dewitt, N.Y., revealed a possible solut...

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