This being a national holiday, and red being worn every where Stu & I thought a Canada Day portrait of "Ballast Bob" (another known size reference) and his Zenith CH750 C-IKIM on Zenair 1450 amphib floats might be in order. Note - the step on the side spreader bars are not included in the float kit. Its a custom extrusion for this purpose. Landing on wheels is "Just like landing a shopping cart...at 70 mph while sitting 5 ft in the air." ;>)

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Comment by Bob McDonald on July 6, 2012 at 5:51am

Another thing float pilots say "Real men don't fly rubber"... the inference being FULL LOTUS floats. I have enough friends flying FULL LOTUS all year (even winter) under harsh condition to never make that statement.

Comment by John Ellis on July 5, 2012 at 8:59pm

Hey Bob... my flight instructor a real float guy (flies water bomber now) told me "there are wheel pilots then there are real pilots"!. I guess Canada's bush better watch out! :-)

Just kidding about the wheels everyone! :-)

PS: Keep the wheels up to stay dry!

Comment by Jock Struthers on July 2, 2012 at 5:45pm
It looks a different aircraft. Looking forward to hearing how it goes!
Comment by Andre Levesque on July 2, 2012 at 4:10pm

Really nice Bob....great job.

Comment by Bob McDonald on July 1, 2012 at 12:54pm

Joe... if you look close you will notice a wood 2"X2" holding the front gear down. Just the hydraulic lines and brakes to connect, and the water rudder lift cable and it will be done.

Comment by Joe Harrington on July 1, 2012 at 12:28pm

Lookin' good Bob. Have you got them wet yet?

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