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The amphibious version of N826DE made a successful 20 minute flight around the Old Town airport today. As expected (based on W&B calculations) the nose was a bit heavier than with the traditional gear. Plenty of flight control and trim for takeoff, flight and landing. Easily off the ground at 60 KIAS, though ready to fly by 50-55 range. Climbout at 65 KIAS with 2/3 tanks (20 gals) approx 300 - 400 fpm. Certainly felt a bit anemic. Nice and stable with the all the rigging hanging, despite the unstable air. Used 65 KIAS for approach and landed with excess speed, touched down earlier than expected, and a few "skips" later was slowed down enough to stay on the runway and slow to taxi speed. No shimmy experienced and easy transition from flight to ground handling. Looking forward to more flight testing when weather allows. Dave...