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WANTED - Amphib floats for 701

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pedro Rivera Sep 18, 2009. 1 Reply


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At 10:59am on September 22, 2009, Normand Lambert said…
Hey Ross,

Make sure the step reinforcement plates (both sides) are there otherwise the floats may buckle at the step ! My floats were made by someone else and he forgot the plates and the buckled under snow ! I added 40mm plates from the bulkhead behind the step to the bulkhead in front of the step 6 inches tall. Bingo !

Other point, check the retraction mecanism for binding and RUST ! These parts HAVE TO BE greased or made of Stainless Steel to resist the rust.

At 7:31am on September 22, 2009, Normand Lambert said…
Hi Ross,

Yes, I'm putting my 701 on OLDER types Amphib floats With the SKYJEEP gear on.
- I'll be using the nosegear extension and be keeping the Tundra tire up front.
- I'll be using the small wheels in the floats and the drum brakes included with the wheels
- I'll keep the axle and disk brakes + pads on the axles with the SkyJeep and use that as an attachment to the float (easier to switch from tundra wheels to floats)
-I'll use spreader bars between floats in the front and back so it's more solid.
-I'll get rid of the front 4130 attchment and use real alu struts instead.
-I'll use electric actuators for the retract mecanism instead of air operated ones

I started already the work of mounting the amphib floats on my 701. I'll keep posting data on the discussion board and pictures on my page.


At 12:34am on July 2, 2009, Ralph Sanson said…
Yes the tent hangar works OK it is semi-permanent because i dont own the place its at and with no building permits reqd. and 1/2 a day to shift it was the best option. (the owner lives there, otherwise I would have done a Baracuda shed of steel, because polyester tarp is not secure)

The only thing that has been a worry is the straight roof portals, because water can pool and slump the tarp down, unless relieved by drains which I put just inside the perimeter of the canopy.

It would be worth considering curved portals, howver this cant be done with the aluminium tubes I used, and i didnt want to do it in steel.

cost NZ$3,000 all up includung the floor (more tarp). Its had some severe weather and seems OK. I tie the plane up inside just to be sure it cant get blown into the portals if the cover goes.


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