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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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Wipline® 3000 Floats

Whether on hard surface runways, grass strips or your favorite river or lake, the Wipline 3000 float gives you the best of both worlds. A fluted bottom skin with sister keels – or “Speed rails” – assures excellent performance in a wide range of water conditions. The largest baggage hatch in the business is standard in both floats (25 3/4 x 12 inches with 9.5 cubic feet storage space). The aluminum skins and parts are laser cut and rivet holes are pre-punched so that replacement parts are a perfect fit. The main keel has a removable wear strip for ease of maintenance. The latest technology enabled us to build the 3000 float to be both ultra light and still north-country rugged.

Wipline 3000 Floats are available for installation on:

Features & Benefits

  • Amphibious or seaplane floats available
  • Modern hydrodynamic design with fluted bottom skins, sister keels and high bow buoyancy to get off the water quickly and perform in a wide range of conditions
  • 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, measuring 25 3/4″ x 12″ 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 main keel for ease of maintenance

Maule on Wipline 3000 Floats

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Specifications for Wipline 3000 Floats

Float Dimensions
Length – Seaplane 20’1″ (6.12 m)
Length – Amphibian 20’8″ (6.3 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 3,125 lbs (1,417 kg)
Seaplane Floats 3,301 lbs (1,497 kg)
 
Maximum Flotation
Amphibious Floats 3,472 lbs (1,575 kg)1
Seaplane Floats 3,668 lbs (1,664 kg)1
1) Per FAR 23.751with 80% reserve buoyancy (2 floats)

 

Weight for 3000 Float on a Cessna 180
Amphibian System Total Weight 633 lbs (287 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 483 lbs (219 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 432 lbs (198 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 282 lbs (128 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 180-180F 2,850 lbs (1,293 kg)
Aircraft Gross Weight 180G-180K 2,950 lbs (1,338 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.

 

Weight for 3000 Floats on a Cessna 182
Amphibian System Total Weight 641 lbs (291 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 498 lbs (226 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 439 lbs (199 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 296 lbs (134 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 3,250 lbs (1,474 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
Cessna 182 Performance on Amphibious Floats
Engine IO-540 (230 HP)
Take off run (land) 1,174 ft (358 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (land) 1,730 ft (527 m)
Take off run (water) 1,645 ft (501 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (water) 2,463 ft (751 m)
Rate of climb (per/min) 749 ft (228 m)

 

Weight for 3000 Floats on a Cessna 185
Amphibian System Total Weight 632 lbs (287 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 483 lbs (219 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 432 lbs (198 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 282 lbs (128 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 3,350 lbs (1,519 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
Cessna 185 Performance on Amphibious Floats
Engine Continental IO-520
Take off run (land) 760 ft (231 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (land) 1,325 ft (404 m)
Take off run (water) 1,125 ft (343 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (water) 1,710 ft (521 m)
Rate of climb (per/min) 950 ft (290 m)

 

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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 main 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® 6100 Floats

For outstanding performance and reliability at major international airports or in bush country, Wipaire presents the Wipline 6100 Float.

The 6100 Floats are true workhorses — yet minimal maintenance is required for years of dependable service. The floats are designed to allow full use of the new high-gross kits currently offered for the Mark I and Mark III Beaver and the Pilatus Turbo Porter. They provide similar takeoff performance to other floats, yet due to the unique aerodynamic design, they provide increased cruise speeds.

Wipline 6100 Floats are available for installation on:

Features & Benefits

  • Amphibious or seaplane floats available
  • Best nose and main gear on the market, proven in the field and imitated by competitors
  • Non-skid coated, flat top decks for safety
  • 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 main keel for ease of maintenanceer
  • Enhanced safety with Wipaire’s exclusive Laser Gear Advisory system and gear position indicator on the float deck of amphibious floats

de Havilland Beaver on Wipline 6100 Floats

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Specifications for Wipline 6100 Floats

Float Dimensions
Length – Seaplane 24’7″ (7.49 m)
Length – Amphibian 25′ (7.62 m)
Height – Hull 2’10” (0.86 m)
Width – Hull 3’3″ (0.99 m)
Float Locker Capacity (each) 50 lbs (22.7 kg)
Displacement in Fresh Water
Amphibious Floats 5,518 lbs (2,503 kg)
Seaplane Floats 5,664 lbs (2,569 kg)
 
Maximum Flotation
Amphibious Floats 6,131 lbs (2,781 kg)1
Seaplane Floats 6,293 lbs (2,854 kg)1
1) Per FAR 23.751with 80% reserve buoyancy (2 floats)

 

Specifications for the Beaver on 6100 Floats

Weight for 6100 Floats on a de Havilland Beaver
Amphibian Exchange Weight 885 lbs (402 kg)2
Seaplane Exchange Weight 467 lbs (212 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 5,600 lbs (2,540 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.

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Wipline 6100 Floats on a PC-6 Porter

Wipline® 8750 Floats

Trade In Your Wipline 8000 Floats Towards a New Set of 8750 Floats

Limited Quantity Available

Why Upgrade?

Keep reading below to learn more about features, specifications and performance of 8750 Floats!

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Dan Gutz
– US, Canada & Caribbean
Cell:(651) 341-1449
email:dgutz@wipaire.com
Steve Zuercher – International
Cell:(352) 805-5888
email:szuercher@wipaire.com
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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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Now included at no additional cost on new Wipline float purchases, and avilable for retrofit on Wipline-equipped aircraft.

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Now included at no additional cost on new Wipline float purchases, and avilable for retrofit on Wipline-equipped aircraft.

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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