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First Time’s the Charm – Finding the Right First Floatplane

Many of Wipaire’s customers take advantage of additional services while new Wipline floats are being installed on their airplane. However, Wipaire also has an experienced aircraft sales department that can find your dream airplane, or find one that’s not quite perfect and transform it into your ideal aircraft by taking advantage of our in-house services. While many of our features focus on customers who purchased new floats, Barnaby worked with our aircraft sales team to select the right floatplane for his mission and is now a proud partner in a Cessna 185 on Wipline 3000 floats.

“This was an adventure,” Barnaby commented when describing how his aircraft search brought him to Wipaire. “I’ve been flying since I was a teenager and I always thought it would be great to fly an amphib. I watched Tales of the Golden Monkey as a kid, which featured a Grumman Goose, and I remember thinking how cool it was that you could go places that no one else could get into.”

Barnaby lives in upstate New York, and is near the heart of the spectacular Adirondack State Park. With a wealth of lakes, mountains, waterway access points, and remote places to unwind, he was looking for a floatplane to take on fishing and hunting trips. He wasn’t sure precisely what he wanted but found Wipaire’s knowledgeable staff to be key in his search.

“About a year ago, I started talking to some friends at a birthday party who had gotten into a partnership on a Cardinal. One of them knew of someone looking for a partner on an amphib, so I met Barry. We hit it off and we started looking at airplanes,” Barnaby recalled. “I knew very little about floatplanes to begin with. I started in on the Cessna 206 because of the useful load.”

“My experience with Bruce, Brittnie, and the whole Wipaire team was that they were trying to provide solutions that were going to work for me and my partner Barry,”

Barnaby

Barnaby continued, “I first got acquainted with Wipaire when I called about a 206 Brittnie Brink (Cessna 206 and 182 sales) was representing. The thing that struck me right off the bat was that Brittnie is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on the 206—what will work, what won’t work, capacities and so on. I learned a lot about floatplanes from her. For me as a novice, that was of tremendous value.”

Barnaby and his partner’s goals in an aircraft were to find an amphibious airplane with a useful load close to 1,000 pounds, IFR certified, with minimal modifications or upgrades required. “In our experience, 206s that met our criteria were hard to find,” Barnaby noted. “Brittnie explained the dynamics of that particular marketplace, like strong demand in South America, the necessary combination of float design and power plant to meet our needs, and so on. We even looked at importing a Canadian aircraft but the process was intimidating and possibly expensive.”

Many airplanes didn’t offer everything Barnaby and Barry wanted, so they kept looking. “One of the key things I really appreciate is when an airplane you look at is well-represented. I doubt many buyers have the time to go through everything thoroughly to know what the airplane is really like. Having someone experienced like Brittnie review the aircraft beforehand brought value. My experience with Wipaire is that you’re very meticulous in deciding what airplanes to take on and represent; not every aircraft will make the cut.” As for working with Wipaire’s sales department, Barnaby commented “It was nice to know that I was working with a division of a company that is the largest amphibious float manufacturer in the world. All of that bodes well for the buyer. It was especially valuable for me as a first-time buyer—I didn’t want to have a bad experience with an airplane, especially after I purchased it.”

As Barnaby and Barry’s floatplane search continued, Barnaby earned his seaplane rating at Jack Brown’s in Winter Haven, Florida in April of 2015. Along the way, the two expanded their considerations to a Cessna 185. Barry had significant experience in 185s on floats as he had previously owned one. As Wipaire frequently has 185s for sale, Barnaby and Barry began communicating with Bruce Thoele, Wipaire’s sales representative that handles aircraft such as the de Havilland Beaver, Cessna 180/185s, and Aviat Huskies.

“My experience with Bruce, Brittnie, and the whole Wipaire team was that they were trying to provide solutions that were going to work for me and my partner Barry,” Barnaby stated. “We were presented options within our budget, sometimes including modifications and upgrades. That’s something too—Wipaire has the ability to do a lot of modifications on an aircraft so if we found a plane that needed modifications, we could have that taken care of at one location. It turned out we had GAMI injectors installed on our aircraft after we closed on the purchase. Bruce Thoele coordinated all the work for us.”

Getting through the purchasing process—title search, escrow, and so on—we didn’t even worry about that. Working through a broker provides a tremendous sense of comfort.

When a 1983 Cessna 185 on Wipline 3000 amphibious floats became available, Barnaby and Barry paid attention. “It really looked turnkey—the paint was in really good condition, and the airplane had a number of desirable modifications as well. The panel was one of the best I’ve ever seen, plus the pairing of the Wipline 3000 float on the 185 is a really great match. It was an airplane we could just go fly instead of spending money on it.”

“We closed on the airplane in September. Getting through the purchasing process—title search, escrow, and so on—we didn’t even worry about that. Working through a broker provides a tremendous sense of comfort. You guys have done this so many times,” added Barnaby.

“Obviously, I didn’t have much floatplane experience since I had just gotten my rating in April,” Barnaby said. “For insurance purposes, I needed to get 10 hours of dual instruction in a 185. I worked with Brian Addis (Lake & Air Flight Instructor/Designated Pilot Examiner) for a few days and flew off the time. We went through all of the airplane’s paperwork and I was able to learn a lot about this new-to-me airplane. It was really great to have a chance to fly with Brian. Wipaire has the facilities to do modifications and training, and it makes it possible to really have a coordinated experience for the buyer. I didn’t have to spend a lot of time thinking about how to get the insurance requirements met.”

Soon, Barnaby was on his way home. “I was able to call Brian on the way back to New York with questions about the aircraft performance on the cross country and Brian always made himself available. It is great to know I have a partner with Wipaire in terms of supporting me after the sales transaction. It’s been a really fun experience.”

Now that the airplane is home in New York, Barnaby reports that he is very much looking forward to bringing friends to go fishing, hunting, and camping. Since fall has arrived in the region, it sounds like Barnaby has a lot of planning and daydreaming to do over the winter!

Customer Feature – Ted Krahenbuhl

Ted Krahenbuhl is a Wipaire customer who flies an American Champion Scout 8GCBC with either Wipline 2100A amphibious floats, Wipline AirGlide C3000A skis or 31″ Alaskan Bushwheel tires.

“When I decided to experience the freedom of bush flying, I was welcomed into a small group of elite engineers, mechanics and pilots.

What planted the idea of flying bush planes in my mind was seeing pictures of working aircraft in Alaska. Noticing that tail draggers like Piper Cubs, Cessna C180s, and de Havillands used floats, skis, fat tires etc., it seemed very easy: just get a used airplane, buy some fat tires, skis, and floats. Done. Well, after some looking, I realized I had no clue on how specialized floats, skis and bushwheels are. I was going to be joining an elite group of pilots and mechanics. And I needed a lot of help.

After being introduced to bush flying by BackCountry Aviation in Idaho, they introduced me to the American Champion Scout (8GCBC). It had the performance I was looking for; 70 gallons of fuel, 2100# gross (2600# restricted), composite propeller, and headroom! Alaskan Bushwheel 31” tires were installed and I received my tailwheel endorsement in my own Scout in Idaho.

Arriving at Wipaire, was like finding the "Emerald City." Wipaire had everything needed for turning the Scout into a beloved Swiss Army Knife of the skies.

Ted Krahenbuhl

Floats and skis would be a challenge. There is only one manufacturer of amphibious floats for the American Champion Scout—Wipaire, Inc.. Flying to St. Paul from the west coast, with 27 hours on the airframe, and arriving at Wipaire, was like finding the “Emerald City.” Wipaire had everything needed for turning the Scout into a beloved Swiss Army Knife of the skies. I purchased the two STCs (for floats and skis), and had a panel upgrade. Wipaire is a full service shop, training and manufacturing operation.

Now the fun begins, learning. I took off across the USA with amphibious floats heading for California. What a wonderful way to travel; most lakes in California are very seaplane friendly. Nice to be able to stop, jump in the water and continue on! Boating and flying, then landing at an airport was remarkable.

As winter approached, the challenge of installing skis, and learning to fly them, really made me take notice. My goal: to install the Wipaire C3000A STC and learn to fly them alone from my hangar in Oregon. The insurance company had good news, no endorsement needed and no premium increase. They gave me the green light to fly skis by myself! With Wipaire’s support I installed the C3000As using my A&P license. I then flew across the Cascade Mountains and made my first solo landing with skis. It was a great feeling. However, it is highly recommended to get instruction first.

Ted's Scout on skis for the winter.

The bushplane I dreamed about was now a reality. Being lucky enough to find experienced and reliable companies to support me in the beginning made it possible. The freedom of operating in areas with no airport is outstanding! Landing in fresh snow, playing in a mountain lake during the hot summer and then, at the end of the day, pushing my little bird into a safe hangar, it’s a great feeling.”

Upward Bound – Tropic Ocean Airways Expands Service with Wipline® Floats

Seaplane airlines are a rare and unique breed, but this Wipline float operator is growing to meet demand not even the founders could have imagined.

“When I was in college, I read Jimmy Buffet’s book Where is Joe Merchant?, which features a US Navy pilot-turned-seaplane pilot. I was 19 at the time, and I decided that’s what I was going to do,” recalls Rob Ceravolo, founder and CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways. Rob went on to serve as a naval aviator, flying the F-14 Tomcat, F-18E Super Hornet, and F-5N Tiger II. He attended the Navy’s TOPGUN Fighter Weapons School Adversary course and returned to his squadron as an air combat instructor. “My original plan was to retire from the Navy and start a seaplane airline,” says Rob. “But in the fall of 2009 I read Richard Branson’s Screw It, Let’s Do It and decided that, well, screw it, I’m going to do it now. I then went to get my seaplane rating at Jack Brown’s and I met Nick, my instructor, and now our vice president. The day of my checkride I attended the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando and met the team at Wipaire for the first time to talk about this dream. I called Nick two months after my seaplane rating to start Tropic.”

Rob continues, “Instead of retiring from the Navy, I became a reservist after 10 years of experience. It took Nick and I a year and a half to get our Part 135 certificate. We bought a Cessna 206 on Wipline 3450 amphibs as our first airplane…the same plane featured in the movie Fool’s Gold. Nick moved to Key West for Tropic and our first office was in his living room. When it was time to receive our certificate, he met with the FAA right there—in his living room. I was in Tampa when Nick called to tell me the good news. At the time, I was stationed at CENTCOM at MacDill AFB, commuting on a bicycle because I had sold everything to start Tropic—my house, my car, and my motorcycle. Now we have seven airplanes. In fact, on March 11th we just celebrated what we like to call ‘Fly Tropic Day,’ our four-year anniversary of receiving our 135 certificate in Nick’s living room.”

From the initial concept, Tropic Ocean Airways has grown to a fleet which includes the original Cessna 206 on Wipline 3450 amphibious floats, two Cessna Caravans on Wipline 8000 amphibious floats, two new Cessna Grand Caravan EXs on Wipline 8750 amphibious floats, and one new Cessna Grand Caravan EX on wheels. Tropic started with only one domestic route (Miami to Key West) and added their first international route in June 2011 from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini, where they made history as the first international commercial seaplane to land in Bimini in over five years. They now typically service 20 locations throughout the Bahamas and Florida, though a Tropic traveler’s destinations are hardly limited. In fact, if you’re not headed to an island destination, they even offer direct-to-yacht provision delivery. The airline operates as far north as the northeast Abacos down to the southern Exumas during their busy season and repositions an aircraft at the East River seaplane base in New York in the off season to provide service to East Hampton.

“Amphibious floats allow us to meet our guests at the end of their airline travel and whisk them away directly to their vacation destination.”

Today, Tropic Ocean Airways is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The location provides a perfect jumping-off point for the airline, as major airline destinations such as Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Tampa, and Orlando are all within a short flight. Tropic operates the wheeled Grand Caravan EX for these flights to save travelers the hassle of renting a car and driving. From Fort Lauderdale, travelers can hop to popular Florida spots such as Key West and Little Palm Island as well as international destinations in the Bahamas. Tropic’s Bahamian routes are extensive and range from as close as Bimini to as far as Long Island.

“The versatility afforded by Wipline amphibious floats is key to our business,” Rob notes. “Our whole mission is to provide a personalized travel experience that’s free of the hassle and inconvenience of modern air travel. Amphibious floats allow us to meet our guests at the end of their airline travel and whisk them away directly to their vacation destination.”

Wipaire’s worldwide reputation and 55 years of experience building a wide range of floats reassured Rob that Tropic’s pilots and customers would be in good hands. “When you think aircraft floats, there’s really only one name that comes to mind, and that’s Wipaire. Tropic Ocean Airways is proud to exclusively operate Wipline floats,” Rob states. “We’ve added two brand-new Cessna Grand Caravan EXs in the last few months on Wipline 8750 floats. We also operate two Caravans on Wipline 8000 floats.” Of the differences between the two float designs, Rob says, “The 8750 floats have increased our completion rates because they handle rough water so well. We’re able to safely operate in conditions we wouldn’t be comfortable in with the 8000s.”

Tropic Ocean Airways was also one of the first operators to install Wipaire’s exhaust deflector for the Caravan series. Only one Grand Caravan EX was equipped with the deflector at first to test the effectiveness of the modification, and the difference in aircraft cleaning time has been described as “night and day.” The deflector keeps the aircraft remarkably cleaner than its fleetmates, improving the appearance of the aircraft and drastically reducing the man-hours to clean it each night. The difference is so pronounced that Tropic is equipping their entire fleet of Caravans with the exhaust deflector.

In addition, Rob notes that “The deflector has actually opened up our wind capabilities because it allows us to approach the dock from either side.” After receiving their aircraft on floats, Tropic wastes no time engaging in a detailed and rigorous maintenance program to ensure the aircraft and floats remain in top condition. “Safety is a top priority, and safety begins with top-notch maintenance. I learned during my time in the Navy that properly-maintained machines are crucial to being able to complete the mission. At Tropic, we recognize this and work to live up to our customers’ expectations by not only meeting FAA standards, but exceeding them,” Rob commented. “To combat the saltwater impact on the aircraft, we wash the airframe and floats with fresh water every night. We follow that with a salt-removing solution and then another fresh water rinse. This ensures the airframe and components like landing gear enjoy a long and trouble-free life.”

“Seaplanes are unique, they’re fun, they’re romantic, and our Wipline-equipped fleet has grown with us as we expand to meet customer demand.”

A desire to provide first-class service to customers drives Tropic’s philosophies and operations. The airline operates out of the Sheltair private terminal at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport to provide a comfortable environment for their guests. Instead of security checkpoints and lines, Tropic travelers are greeted with a welcoming attitude and a helpful smile. The team at Tropic works with guests to develop a seamless travel experience, including baggage storage if needed. Private charters are also available and can range from a short scenic tour to a day-long adventure.

“If you fly with us, you’re going to have a good time,” Rob says with a smile. “The experience of the flight is at the core of everything we do. If you’re not having fun, we’ll do everything we can to turn that around.”

As you might imagine, seaplane flying in a tropical paradise for a company focused on delivering happy customers is a dream job. “We’re very selective about our pilots,” adds Rob. “Working for Tropic is so much more than flying an airplane from Point A to Point B. Our pilots are part of a team that shares a singular goal—to give our guests a personalized and unique experience that they’ll never forget. Everyone from our sales team to our pilots to our maintenance team is a part of that mission. Because of this, a customer service attitude is hugely important.” In addition to a helpful attitude, pilots must be safety-centric. “We crew our flights with two pilots for added safety,” Rob mentions. “Our standard operating procedures are based on those of a Navy fighter squadron and our safety department is run by a U.S. Naval Aviator with a Naval Safety School background and years of aircraft carrier experience. Although not required by the FAA for Part 135 operations, we are building a Safety Management System from the ground up.”

Tropic Ocean Airways’ Wipline floats open up limitless destinations, including private homes, yachts, and exclusive resorts. The convenience that floats offer can’t be matched. A Tropic customer can enjoy a short check-in, relaxing flight (yes, there’s leg room), and arrive right at their destination. The Tropic formula has proven to be a winning one, with rapid growth since receiving their operating certificate in 2011.

“Seaplanes are unique, they’re fun, they’re romantic, and our Wipline-equipped fleet has grown with us as we expand to meet customer demand,” Rob states. “Speaking of romance, you might have noticed a Tropic Ocean Airways Caravan on Wipline 8000 floats in the most recent season of The Bachelor.”

As for future plans, Rob says there are exciting things on the horizon. “We’re always working on new destinations, so stay tuned for announcements from us. Our flights now include scheduled destination flights*, cargo flights, and even medical comfort evacuations. Our newest destination is Havana, Cuba, which we launched just a few weeks ago. When we landed, the local residents came up to the airplane and told us they had never seen a seaplane before, except in the movies. It’s definitely an exciting new opportunity, and our Havana partners are able to facilitate visas and permits for those looking to experience Cuba.”

In sum, Rob says, “We really appreciate our relationship with Wipaire. We couldn’t have done it without working together. Wipline floats have taken us everywhere we’ve ever dreamed of and then some.”

Laser Gear Advisory – Exclusively From Wipaire

Wipaire, Inc.’s exclusive, safety-enhancing Laser Gear Advisory is now included at no additional cost on new Wipline float purchases,
and is available for retrofit on Wipline-equipped aircraft.

The safety of Wipline floats has always been a top priority. Wipaire’s amphibious gear advisory system, well-known for its “Gear is up for water landing” and “Gear is down for runway landing” annunciations, has long been standard equipment on all amphibious Wipline floats. The laser gear advisory system, in contrast, remains quiet when the landing gear and detected surface are in agreement. The laser becomes active at approximately 400 feet above ground level and compares the gear position with the detected landing surface. In the event of a mismatch, the system reminds the pilot to “Check gear” around 50 feet above the surface, allowing the operator to initiate a go-around to address the gear position. In the event of a laser malfunction, the system controller will revert to the standard gear advisory voice annunciations.

 The Laser Gear Advisory is now included with all new amphibious float sales and is available for purchase separately. The laser system may be installed in the field or at Wipaire in South St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact your sales representative for installation details for your aircraft. If you have more questions or would like to purchase the new laser gear advisory system for an existing float installation please don’t hesitate to contact us!

 

How the Laser Gear Advisory Works

Checking the Terrain

At about 400 feet above ground level while preparing for landing the Laser Gear Advisory detects if you are over a water or land surface. After detecting the surface a light illuminates on the gear advisory display indicating either land or water surface.

Confirming Gear Position

At about 50 feet above ground level and below a certain speed if your gear is in the correct position for the landing surface there will be no further alerts and the surface landing light will remain lit to help advise your landing.

Alert

If the gear position is incorrect for the landing surface (or an asymmetrical gear position is detected) then a alert will sound. An audio alert of “check gear” will be repeated indicating that a go-around should be initiated and the gear position checked and adjusted. This alert may also be triggered if a water surface is very shallow, has large or dense debris or is extremely choppy. These may all be good reasons to reconsider your landing location.

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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® 2100 Floats

The Wipline 2100 float is the best performing float on the market in this category. It has outstanding handling qualities and is capable of supporting aircraft with gross weights up to 2400 pounds.

Wipline 2100 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 2100 Floats on an Aviat Husky

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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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Laser Gear Advisory

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 2100 Floats

Float Dimensions
Length – Seaplane 17'7" (5.36 m)
Length – Amphibian 17'11" (5.46 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 2,185 lbs (991 kg)
Seaplane Floats 2,323 lbs (1,054 kg)
 
Maximum Flotation
Amphibious Floats 2,428 lbs (1,101 kg)1
Seaplane Floats 2,581 lbs (1,171 kg)1
1) Per FAR 23.751with 80% reserve buoyancy (2 floats)

 

Weight for 2100 Floats on PA-12
Amphibian System Total Weight 427 lbs (194 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 329 lbs (149 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 258 lbs (117 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 160 lbs (72 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 1,935 lbs (878 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.

 

Weight for 2100 Floats on PA-18 Super Cub
Amphibian System Total Weight 427 lbs (194 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 329 lbs (149 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 280 lbs (127 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 182 lbs (82 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 1,776 lbs (806 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
PA-18 Super Cub Performance on Amphibious Floats
Engine Lycoming O-320 (160 hp)
Take off run (land) 588 ft (179 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (land) 1,176 ft (358 m)
Take off run (water) 776 ft (237 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (water) 1,294 ft (394 m)
Rate of climb (per/min) 925 ft (282 m)

 

Weight for PA-18 Super Cub with 2,000 lb gross weight kit
Amphibian System Total Weight 429 lbs (195 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 331 lbs (150 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 282 lbs (128 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 184 lbs (83 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 2,000 lbs (907 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
PA-18 Super Cub at gross weight of 2,000 lbs
Performance on Amphibious Floats
Engine Lycoming O-320 (160 hp)
Take off run (land) 744 ft (227 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (land) 1,488 ft (454 m)
Take off run (water) 1,174 ft (358 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (water) 1,294 ft (394 m)
Rate of climb (per/min) 925 ft (282 m)

 

Weight
Amphibian System Total Weight 429 lbs (195 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 331 lbs (151 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 282 lbs (128 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 184 lbs (84 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 2,300 lbs (1,044 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
Performance on Amphibious Floats
Engine Lycoming O-360 (180 hp)
Take off run (land) 520 ft (159 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (land) 1,800 ft (549 m)
Take off run (water) 1,100 ft (336 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (water) 2,220 ft (677 m)
Rate of climb (per/min) 660 ft (202 m)

 

Weight
Amphibian System Total Weight 432 lbs (196 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 349 lbs (158 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 285 lbs (129 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 202 lbs (92 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 2,250 lbs (1,020 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
Performance on Amphibious Floats
Engine Lycoming O-360 (180 hp)
Take off run (land) 720 ft (219 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (land) 1,429 ft (439 m)
Take off run (water) 913 ft (278 m)
Take off over 50 ft obstacle (water) 1,521 ft (464 m)
Rate of climb (per/min) 953 ft (290 m)

Weight
Amphibian System Total Weight 438 lbs (199 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 292 lbs (178 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 293 lbs (133 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 142 lbs (110 kg)2
Aircraft Gross Weight 2,150 lbs (975 kg)
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.

Weight
Amphibian System Total Weight 433 lbs (197 kg)
Amphibian Exchange Weight 296 lbs (134 kg)2
Seaplane System Total Weight 289 lbs (131 kg)
Seaplane Exchange Weight 152 lbs (69 kg)2
2) Exchange weight is equal to the float installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.
Skyhawk Model Gross Weight Engine Propeller
172, 172A, B, C, D, E, F,
G, H, I, J, K, L
2,220 lbs (1,007 kg) Stock Stock
172A, B, C  2,350 lbs (1,066 kg) Lycoming O-360 (180 BHP) / Lycoming IO-360 (180 BHP) ***
172I, K, L, M, N 2,300 lbs (1,043 kg) 172 I, K, L To have Penn Yan Aero STC SA332GL McCauley 1A200/DFA8243 FP
172P 2,400 lbs (1,089 kg) 172 I, K, L To have Penn Yan Aero STC SA332GL McCauley 1A200/DFA8243 FP
F172D, E, F, G, H 2,200 lbs (998 kg) Stock Stock
F172K, L 2,220 lbs (1,007 kg) Stock Stock
F172M, N 2,300 lbs (1,043 kg) Stock Stock
F172P 2,400 lbs (1,089 kg) Stock Stock
175 2,350 lbs (1,066 kg) Stock Stock
175 2,350 lbs (1,066 kg) Lycoming O-360 (180 BHP) / Lycoming IO-360 (180 BHP) ***
*** 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 2100 Floats on a PA-12