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Years in the Making: Ray Cook’s Grand Champion Super Cub

Ray Cook, builder and owner of an award-winning 1959 Piper PA-18 Super Cub, might actually have avgas running through his veins in place of blood. “My dad started teaching me to fly when I was 14 in his J3 Cub, and I soloed on my 16th birthday in his Cessna 175,” Ray recalls. “I still own the Cessna and taught both of my sons to fly in it. My nephews are also active pilots.”

Ray attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and earned his Airframe & Powerplant mechanic certificate while there. He worked through all of his ratings and worked first as a flight instructor. From there, he upgraded to the right seat at a regional airline, and moved through the ranks as he gained experience and flight time. Ray currently flies internationally for a major US-based airline.

With down time between trips flying for the airline and an A&P certificate in hand, Ray began restoring aircraft in 1998. He started with a 1946 Taylorcraft which won a bronze Lindy at EAA Airventure Oshkosh in 2001. His next project was a J3 Cub like the one he learned to fly in. This Cub was purchased as a wrecked project. Ray finished the Cub in 2005 and the airplane won another bronze Lindy for Ray’s collection.

“I met Super Cub owners during the J3 rebuild process, and thought that a Super Cub project might not be that bad since I had already done a J3. I had only flown a Super Cub once before, but the project just kind of evolved,” Ray commented. “Turns out, they’re really not that similar.”

Ray was awarded the highest award the EAA gives—a gold Lindy as Grand Champion in the contemporary category (aircraft manufactured 1956-1970)

N4273S came to the Cook family as another project, which Ray found on Barnstormers and Supercub.org. Located in Moorhead, Minnesota, the aircraft was in pieces, with the wings, gear, and engine removed. Ray rented a U-Haul truck in Moorhead and brought the airplane home knowing he wanted to put it on floats. However, floats were still a long way into the future.

“I had the intention of putting the Airframes Alaska 4” widebody fuselage on from the beginning, so I didn’t really care about the fuselage that came with the project,” Ray notes. “The project had come with new tailfeathers, but the wings were pretty rough. They had a STOL kit installed on them which I didn’t really care for. I found a set of new, never-used squared Dakota Cub wings for sale, and bought those.”

Ray decided he wanted to upgrade many of the original components of the aircraft and added items like extended-range fuel tanks, a new fuel selector valve, and high-pressure brake master cylinders (when the airplane isn’t on its Wipline 2100 amphibious floats, it’s resting on 31” Alaskan Bushwheels). Additionally, Ray was planning ahead for float installation. He worked with Wipaire’s regional sales manager for the eastern United States/Canada, Dan Gutz, to take delivery of Wipaire’s 2,000 lb gross weight kit along with the hydraulic system components. This allowed Ray to do all of the installation work before the airplane was covered, making for a clean and painless install.

“I was really hustling to make Oshkosh last year,” Ray notes. “I got the airplane out of my pole barn at home and over to the hangar at the airport on July 1st. We still had to assemble the airplane, rig it, test fly it, and address any issues.”

Five days before the show, N4273S was assembled. However, it wasn’t all home free from there—the days leading up to the show were spent doing minor tweaks, investigating fuel leaks, changing the battery, and even pulling the engine. “I was really wondering if I was going to make it or not,” Ray admits. “Thankfully, everything got done in time. It was a lot of fun—it’s always fun showing up there [Oshkosh] with a new airplane.”

Ray’s efforts in the restoration did not go unnoticed. He was awarded the highest award the EAA gives—a gold Lindy as Grand Champion in the contemporary category (aircraft manufactured 1956-1970).

With a fresh Lindy in hand, Ray returned home to fly his Super Cub on wheels for the rest of the summer of 2014 and through the winter. Shod with 31” Alaskan Bushwheels, the Super Cub and Ray went exploring on frozen lakes and snowmobile trails. When spring rolled around, it was time for the airplane to come up to Wipaire’s facility in South St. Paul, Minnesota. The floats were installed and Ray took the opportunity to fly with Brian Addis, senior flight instructor for Wipaire sister company Lake & Air. “I was glad I did,” Ray adds. “I had gotten my seaplane rating back when I was in college and had seaplane experience, but I hadn’t flown Wiplines before. I had also never flown amphibs before, so I was grateful to fly with Brian.”

Ray continues, “The way the thing handles in the water is just unbelievable. The nose comes up, it kind of rolls forward on the step and flies right away. The water’s always choppy where I fly due to boat traffic and the floats handle it really well. I’m really impressed and really happy with them. Dan was great to work with throughout the process. On any issues that did come up, Dan stepped up to the plate and took care of things.”

Now that this Super Cub has its webbed feet, what are Ray’s plans?

“First off,” he says, “as soon as I get a long weekend, my wife and I are going to head north and just see where we end up.” Beyond that, Ray intends to visit friends and family in the Midwest. “At one point,” he adds, “and I don’t know when I’ll be able to fit it in, I’d like to go to Alaska with the airplane—it’s definitely in the thought process!”

“The way the thing handles in the water is just unbelievable. The nose comes up, it kind of rolls forward on the step and flies right away.”

Wipline Floats

Wipaire is proud to manufacture the industries leading floats. Wipline floats are available for a variety of aircraft in both seaplane and amphibious configurations.

  • Amphibious or seaplane floats available
  • Best nose and main gear on the market, proven in the field and imitated by competitors (amphibious models)
  • Internal cables for water rudder controls (most model)
  • Non-skid coated, flat top decks for safety
  • Enhanced safety with Wipaire’s exclusive Laser Gear Advisory system and gear position indicator on the float deck of amphibious floats
  • Float hatches for gear stowing (most models)
  • Aluminum skins and parts are laser cut and rivet holes are pre-punched so that replacement parts fit perfectly
  • Replaceable wear strips on mail keel for ease of maintenance

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Wipline® 2350 Floats

The Wipline 2350 float is the perfect addition to your light aircraft. With outstanding performance and handling parameters, you are sure to find an all new sense of adventure! Each float has large storage hatches that measure 20-3/8” by 10-1/2” that reveal six cubic feet of storage capacity. Wipline’s main gear utilizes a ‘rubber doughnut’ shock strut, which means that there is no air or oil to worry about. Wipline’s nose gear is so well proven that it has now become the industry standard. Whether you want the versatility of the amphibian or the simplicity of the straight float, you’ll find the Wipline 2350 to be the best in the industry.

Wipline 2350 Floats are available for installation on:

Features & Benefits

  • Amphibious or seaplane floats available
  • High bow buoyancy and a higher deadrise angle on our forward bottoms for improved handling in wind and choppy water
  • Best nose and main gear on the market, proven in the field and imitated by competitors
  • Non-skid coated, flat top decks for safety
  • Enhanced safety with Wipaire’s exclusive Laser Gear Advisory system and gear position indicator on the float deck of amphibious floats
  • Two large float hatches for gear, measuring 20 3/8″ by 10 1/2″ with 50 pounds carrying capacity each
  • Aluminum skins and parts are laser cut and rivet holes are pre-punched so that replacement parts fit perfectly

Wipline 2350 Floats on a Cessna 172

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Specifications for Wipline 2350 Floats

Float Dimensions
Length – Seaplane 19'7" (5.97 m)
Length – Amphibian 19'11" (6.07 m)
Height – Hull 1'11" (0.58 m)
Width – Hull 2'5" (0.74 m)
Float Locker Capacity (each) 50 lbs (22.7 kg)
Displacement in Fresh Water
Amphibious Floats 2,432 lbs (1,103 kg)
Seaplane Floats 2,570 lbs (1,166 kg)
 
Maximum Flotation
Amphibious Floats 2,702 lbs (1,226 kg)1
Seaplane Floats 2,855 lbs (1,295 kg)1
1) Per FAR 23.751with 80% reserve buoyancy (2 floats)

 

Specifications for the Cessna 172 on 2350 Floats

Weight
Amphibian System Total Weight 468 lbs (212 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 331 lbs (150 kg)
Seaplane System Total Weight 305 lbs (138 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 168 lbs (76 kg)
Skyhawk Model Gross Weight Engine Propeller
172A, B, C 2,450 lbs (1,111 kg) Lycoming O-360 (180 BHP) / Lycoming IO-360 (180 BHP) ***
172D, E, F, G, H, I, L 2,500 lbs (1,134 kg) Lycoming O-360 (180 BHP) / Lycoming IO-360 (180 BHP) ***
172I, K, L 2,500 lbs (1,134 kg) To have Penn Yan Aero STC SA332GL McCauley 1A200/DFA8243 FP
172M, N, P 2,550 lbs (1,157 kg) Lycoming O-360 (180 BHP) / Lycoming IO-360 (180 BHP) ***
172M, N, P 2,550 lbs (1,157 kg) To have Penn Yan Aero STC SA332GL McCauley 1A200/DFA8243 FP
172Q 2,550 lbs (1,157 kg) Stock McCauley 1A200/DFA8243 FP
172R, S 2,550 lbs (1,157 kg) Stock McCauley 1A200/WFA8243 FP
F172D, E, F, G, H, K, L 2,500 lbs (1,134 kg) Lycoming O-360 (180 BHP) / Lycoming IO-360 (180 BHP) ***
F172M, N, P 2,550 lbs (1,157 kg) Lycoming O-360 (180 BHP) / Lycoming IO-360 (180 BHP) ***
FR172E, F, G, H, J, K 2,550 lbs (1,157 kg) Stock McCauley 2A34C203/90DCA-10
P172D 2,500 lbs (1,134 kg) Stock McCauley 1D200/OM9044
P172D 2,500 lbs (1,134 kg) Lycoming O-360 (180 BHP) / Lycoming IO-360 (180 BHP) ***
R172K 2,550 lbs (1,157 kg) Stock McCauley 2A34C203/90DCA-10 
175A, B, C  2,450 lbs (1,111 kg) Stock McCauley 1D200/OM9044
*** Propeller: McCauley 1A200/DFA 8243 FP, McCauley 1A200/WFA 8243 FP, Hartzell HC-C2YR-1BF/F8477-4 Constant Speed, Hartzell HC-C2YK-1BF/ F8477-4 Constant Speed

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Cessna 206 on Wipline 3450 Floats

Wipline® 3450 Floats

For outstanding performance and reliability on hard surface runways, grass strips or your favorite lake or river the Wipline 3450 floats give you the best of both worlds.

The Wipline 3450 float was designed using the latest C.A.D. (Computer Aided Design) technology. The aluminum parts and skins are laser cut and all rivet holes are pre-punched. This means replacement parts are a perfect fit. The main keel has a removable wear strip for ease of maintenance. With this technology we are able to build the 3450 float to be ultra light and still north-country rugged.

Wipline 3450 Floats are available for installation on:

Features & Benefits

  • Amphibious or seaplane floats available
  • Features 200 pounds more maximum flotation than our competitor (up to 4,000 pounds for the amphibious and 4,196 pounds for seaplane floats)
  • Significantly more forward buoyancy for safer and easier downwind taxiing and upwind turns
  • Largest gross weight increase in the market, 3,792 pounds approved for takeoff and landing weights
  • Four point strut attachment is more stable in all loading configurations, especially critical for heavy loads
  • Best nose and main gear on the market, proven in the field and imitated by competitors
  • Internal cables for water rudder controls
  • Non-skid coated, flat top decks for safety
  • Enhanced safety with Wipaire’s exclusive Laser Gear Advisory system and gear position indicator on the float deck of amphibious floats
  • Two large float hatches for gear with 50 pounds carrying capacity each
  • Aluminum skins and parts are laser cut and rivet holes are pre-punched so that replacement parts fit perfectly
  • Replaceable wear strips on mail keel for ease of maintenance

Wipline 3450 Floats on a Cessna 206

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Specifications for Wipline 3450 Floats

Float Dimensions
Length – Seaplane 22'10" (6.96 m)
Length – Amphibian 23'5" (7.13 m)
Height – Hull 2'5" (0.74 m)
Width – Hull 2'8" (0.81 m)
Float Locker Capacity (each) 50 lbs (22.7 kg)
Displacement in Fresh Water
Amphibious Floats 3,600 lbs (1,633 kg)
Seaplane Floats 3,776 lbs (1,713 kg)
 
Maximum Flotation
Amphibious Floats 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg)1,2
Seaplane Floats 4,196 lbs (1,903 kg)1
1) Per FAR 23.751with 80% reserve buoyancy (2 floats)
2) 206H (normally aspirated) has a gross weight restriction of 3,775 lbs for land takeoff only.

 

Weight for 3450 Floats on a Cessna 206
Amphibian System Total Weight 694 lbs (315 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 532 lbs (241 kg)3
Seaplane System Total Weight 491 lbs (223 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 329 lbs (149 kg)3
Aircraft Gross Weight 3,792 lbs (1,720 kg)
3) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
Cessna 206 Performance on Amphibious Floats
Model 206H T206H
Engine IO-540 (300 HP) TIO-540 (310 HP)
Take off run (land) 1,146 ft (349 m) 1,132 ft (345 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (land) 1,830 ft (558 m) 1,876 ft (572 m)
Take off run (water) 1,770 ft (539 m) 1,821 ft (555 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (water) 2,850 ft (869 m) 2,954 ft (900 m)
Rate of climb (per/min) 770 ft (235 m) 982 ft (299 m)

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Wipline® 7000 Floats

The 7000 model float is the first model that Wipaire, established pros of the floatplane world, has built using the very latest digital technologies from its inception. With an eye to making some both ideological and design changes, Bob Wiplinger, company owner, and Charlie Wiplinger, vice president of engineering, gathered a team of engineers and CAD drafters who designed and built the float in unprecedented time. In an email of appreciation after the maiden flight, Charlie Wiplinger said it was made possible by, “one of the finest R&D teams the general aviation industry has ever seen and the indispensible help from our entire manufacturing and Wipaire services personnel who delivered flawlessly when called upon by the R&D team. This feat is a true testament to the dedication and hard work of our employees as we went from CAD model to flying prototype in as little as two months.”

The KODIAK, a single engine turbine designed for remote area operations, coupled with Wipaire’s sleek, rugged floats will be an unbeatable match for serious flyers desiring the comforts of home in the wildest locations. The floats are designed to resist abrasion from rocky shorelines and careful attention was paid to the float construction should an off-site repair become necessary. Other structural enhancements for the comfort and safety of its users were also implemented on the 7000 float.

Wipline 2350 Floats are available for installation on:

Specifications for Wipline 7000 Floats

Float Dimensions
Length – Amphibian 23'8" (7.20 m)
Height – Hull 3'3" (0.99 m)
Width – Hull 3'6" (1.07 m)
Displacement in Fresh Water
Amphibious Floats 6,808 lbs (3,088 kg)
 
Maximum Flotation
Amphibious Floats 7,500 lbs (3,402 kg)1
1) Per FAR 23.751with 80% reserve buoyancy (2 floats)

 

Weight for 7000 Floats on a KODIAK
Amphibian System Total Weight 1,435 lbs (651 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 993 lbs (450 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 7,255 lbs (3,291 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
KODIAK Performance on Amphibious Floats
Engine PT6A-34 (750 shp)
Take off run (land) 1,474 ft (449 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (land) 2,290 ft (698 m)
Take off run (water) 1,658 ft (505 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (water) 2,710 ft (826 m)
Rate of climb (per/min) 1,199 ft (365 m)

 

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Wipline® 8750 Floats

Flying to the remote Canadian Shield or hopping between white sand beaches of the islands, Wipaire can outfit your Caravan with the versatility you need. The Cessna Caravan is frequently referred to as the sport utility vehicle of the air. Combine this workhorse of an aircraft with a set of rugged Wipline 8750 floats and our performance, convenience or utility enhancing modifications and you have an aircraft that will fly you from business meeting to your weekend getaway.

Wipline 8750 Floats are available for installation on:

Features & Benefits

  • Amphibious or seaplane floats available
  • The 208 Caravan has a gross weight increase to 8,750 pounds on floats, an increase of 750 lbs from the stock Caravan gross weight
  • The 208B Caravan has a gross weight of 9,062 pounds on floats, a 255 pound increase over the Grand Caravan EX stock gross weight
  • Available for the Grand Caravan EX, Grand Caravan with Blackhawk XP140 Performance Upgrade, and the 675 hp Grand Caravan
  • Features more buoyancy at the aft of the float than the legacy 8000 float
  • Hull features fluted, high deadrise forward bottoms and extra buoyancy — inspired by our very successful 13000 float for the Twin Otter, which is renowned for its superior handling in high seas and wind
  • Best nose and main gear on the market, proven in the field and imitated by competitors
  • Low maintenance main gear retraction mechanism and oleo design with no latches or slides to lubricate or stick
  • Main gear oil bath wheels reduce maintenance and replacement costs by continuously lubricating the wheel bearings
  • Internal cables for water rudder controls
  • Non-skid coated, flat top decks for safety
  • Enhanced safety with Wipaire’s exclusive Laser Gear Advisory system and gear position indicator on the float deck of amphibious floats
  • Four large float hatches for gear with 150 pounds carrying capacity each
  • Aluminum skins and parts are laser cut and rivet holes are pre-punched so that replacement parts fit perfectly
  • Replaceable wear strips on main keel for ease of maintenance

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Specifications for Wipline 8750 Floats

Float Dimensions
Length – Seaplane 31'2" (9.5 m)
Length – Amphibian 31'9" (9.68 m)
Height – Hull 3'3" (0.99 m)
Width – Hull 3'6" (1.07 m)
Float Locker Capacity (each) 150 lbs (68 kg)
Displacement in Fresh Water
Amphibious Floats 8,240 lbs (3,738 kg)
Seaplane Floats 8,741 lbs (3,965 kg)
 
Maximum Flotation
Amphibious Floats 9,155 lbs (4,153 kg)1
Seaplane Floats 9,712 lbs (4,405 kg)1
1) Per FAR 23.751with 80% reserve buoyancy (2 floats)

 

Weight for 8750 Floats on a Cessna 208, 208B and 208B-EX
Amphibian System Total Weight 1,678 lbs (761 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 1,142 lbs (518 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 1,294 lbs (587 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 757 lbs (343 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight for 208 8,750 lbs (3,969 kg)
Aircraft Gross Weight for 208B, 208B-EX 9,062 lbs (4,110 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
Cessna 208 Performance on Amphibious Floats
Model Caravan Grand Caravan
Engine PT6A-114A (675 HP) PT6A-140A (867 HP)
Take off run (land) 1,431 ft (436 m) 1,826 ft (556 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (land) 2,422 ft (738 m) 2,425 ft (739 m)
Take off run (water) 2,341 ft (714 m) 2,000 ft (610 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (water) 3,660 ft (1,116 m) 3,270 ft (997 m)
Rate of climb (per/min) 947 ft (289 m) 1,212 ft (369 m)

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Wipline 8750 Floats on a Caravan