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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