Add Wipline Floats To ANY Cessna 172
Old or new, all models of the Cessna 172 can now be floated on Wipline floats. Wipaire, Inc., South Saint Paul, Minnesota, has received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the addition of straight or amphibious floats for all Cessna 172 aircraft ever built (less the military and Franklin engine models). In addition, the STCs allow owners to use any 180 hp conversion and specify numerous options for propellers, constant speed and fixed pitch. The STCs are applicable to 172 aircraft with 150, 160, and 210 hp engines as well.
“...this allows [Cessna] 172 owners more options when looking to add floats. Before, the Wipline floats were merely certified on a handful of Skyhawk models; now virtually any and all, including the [Cessna] 175 can take the Wips,” says Wipaire owner Bob “Wip” Wiplinger. “It’s been a long time coming for these patient customers who prefer to keep their favorite Skyhawk versus having to trade up to something new.”
Wipaire has used two models of floats to attain all the certifications. Wipline 2100 floats are now available for many Cessna 172 models, F172 models and the 175, with varying engine and propeller combinations and gross weights starting at 2220 lbs and ranging up to 2400 lbs. The larger Wipline 2350 floats, with a buoyancy of 2570 lbs, accommodate the remaining 172 models, P172Ds, F172 models, and the 175 series, here again with model-specific propeller and engine combinations, providing gross weights from 2450 lbs up to 2550 lbs.
Wipaire, Inc. has been manufacturing aircraft floats for 45 years. It specializes in straight and amphibious floats, as well as aircraft skis, avionics, paint, interiors, and maintenance. The company is located at (KSGS) Fleming Field, South Saint Paul, Minnesota...only minutes away from the famous “Mall of America” and other Twin Cities attractions. Wipaire manufactures floats for aircraft including, Aviat Husky, Piper Cub, de Havilland Beaver/Otter and Twin Otter, as well as the Cessna 170/172/175/180/182/185/206 and the turbine powered Cessna 208 Caravan, to name a few. The company also builds the amphibious floats for the Fire Boss, a scooping air tanker that can pick up 800 gallons of water in less than 15 seconds and deliver it to a nearby fire with exquisite precision.