Wipaire to Certify Grand Caravan on Wipline 8750
Wipaire, Inc. has announced its intent to certify the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan on Wipline 8750 floats. The Wipline 8750 was certified in July of 2012 for the Cessna 208 Caravan and epitomizes Wipaire’s dedication to continuous innovation. An evolution of the successful Wipline 7000 and Wipline 8000 floats, the new Wipline 8750 incorporates an improved main gear retraction mechanism for low maintenance, an improved oleo design, and visible mechanical gear position indicators. The hull design has been modified to improve handling characteristics in rough water and more buoyancy has been added to the aft of the float for operations at high weights.
Wipaire’s engineering team has completed significant structural testing on the float and is working on a gross weight increase for the 208B Grand Caravan. Wipline 8750 floats will open up new frontiers for the Grand Caravan, which has not previously been certified on floats.
Wipaire also holds a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of single-point fueling on the 208B Grand Caravan.
A Grand Caravan on Wipline 8750 floats is available for viewing at EAA AirVenture in the Cessna display.