Seaplane Manufacturing Expands in Florida

December 23, 2012 - SeaplaneMarket.Com's CEO Randy Juen is interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel regarding Tavares Florida - The Seaplane Capital of the World. Check out the article. Tavares Sees Its Future In Seaplanes

New Company Takes Over Full-Lotus Floats

June 30, 2012 - After almost ten years in the aircraft float business, the maker of Full-Lotus floats recently decided to focus on production of its non-aviation products. All the design rights, inventory and production tooling for the Full-Lotus float line have now been sold to Aircraft Floats Manufacturing, Inc. Aircraft Floats Manufacturing, Inc. (AFM) will continue producing the standard line of Full-Lotus floats; it already has a large inventory and has started deliveries of floats as well as replacement parts for maintenance and repairs to existing owners. The company will soon start introducing type-specific rigging instructions for a variety of popular aircraft designs, something not previously offered by Full-Lotus. Full-Lotus floats are a versatile, light-weight yet robust inflatable float system first introduced in 1985 for ultralight aircraft and more recently adapted for general aviation use. The design uses multiple inflatable bladders inside a vinyl outer casing and polycarbonate protective shell. The result is a float system that can be beached on rocky shores without worry and that can bump most submerged objects at taxiing speed without damage; many regularly use their Full-Lotus floats on snow, just like skis. The remarkable shock-absorbing qualities of Full-Lotus floats make it a unique system in the industry. AFMs new production facilities are located on the Huronia Airport (CYEE) in Midland, Ontario, next to Zenair Limited, the well-known kit aircraft manufacturer. As part of its mission to offer comprehensive solutions for a full range of non-certified aircraft applications, AFM is currently also negotiating with Zenair to distribute the kit-makers high-performance aluminum Floats. For more information on AFM and its float offerings, please visit www.myfloats.com or call 705-526-4537. The company can be reached by e-mail at myfloats@gmail.com.

"Flat Vee" Aviation Diesel Engine Runs For Public Viewing

November 18, 2011 - Employees with Engineered Propulsion Systems Inc. of New Richmond, WI USA and a few interested project investors watched the first purpose built aviation diesel engine run smooth today! EPS's 375 HP light weight "Flat Vee" diesel engine is an excellent solution for 100 low lead issues in the US and abroad. The engine's hanging weight is 670 lbs with a possible reduction of 40 lbs before production. This new diesel engine just may revolutionize the general aviation industry.

FlyNano Unveiled Seaplane

April 13, 2011 Friedrichshafen, Germany: FlyNano unveiled a revolutionary single seat seaplane. FlyNano comes in 3 basic variants: the electrically-powered series E 200, a petrol-powered Series G 240, and the up-rated racing models Series R 260/300. The FlyNano is extremely light thanks to innovative Finnish design solutions and an advanced carbon fiber composite construction. Wingspan is nearly 5 meters, nose to tail 3.5 m, and height 1.3 m. Maximum take-off weight is 200 Kg. Speed range 70 140 km/h with a service ceiling of 3 km. FlyNanos true airspeed is about 140 kmh at 75% power with a theoretical operational distance of 70 km.

Curtiss A-1 Seaplane Takes Flight

September 26, 2010 - Hammondsport, NY: Taking flight again at Glenn H. Curtiss Museums Seaplane Homecoming, the replica Curtiss A-1 wowed spectators. A labor of love brought this 100 year old aircraft back to life. It is the first aircraft the U.S. Navy purchased and will celebrate 100 years of Naval aviation in 2011. Glenn H. Curtiss is credited as the "Father of Naval Aviation".

Flight Design Announces New Seaplane

July 28, 2010 - Oshkosh, WI: Flight Design, LSA manufacturer announced today a new seaplane. The CTLS-Lite was proudly presented at their static display with new amphibious Clamar floats. At an additional cost of $38,000, this LSA sea plane is priced just under $180,000. There is a very reasonable reduction in useful load of 100 lb. (45kg) drop in useful load and a minimal reduction speed of 10 knots (18.5km/h) in cruise speed.

Belite Aircraft Introduces Float Kits

July 27, 2010 - Oshkosh, WI: Belite Aircraft has joined forces with MukTuk Floats to offer a seaplane to the aviation marketplace. The company(s) claim that the floats are lightweight, strong and perform very good for this ultralight aircraft.

Twin Otter 400 Series Certified

July 20, 2010 - Farnborough, England: Transport Canada has presented Viking Air LTD the type certificate for the Twin Otter 400 Series Aircraft. As part of the celebration at the Farnborough Air SHow, Viking has delivered the first aircraft to Zimex Corporation of Switzerland. With 50 aircraft currently on the schedule, the next delivery position is scheduled for early 2013.

Quest Aircraft Company & Wipaire, Inc.

June 21, 2010, Sandpoint, ID...Wipaire, Inc. has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of their Wipline 7000 Amphibious Float installed on the Quest KODIAK. The Wipline 7000 Float has been in full production since December when it received FAA approval via a Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA). Customer deliveries are now underway. The Wipline 7000 floats are the latest addition to Wipaires Wipline family of products. The hulls are modeled after the successful Wipline 13000 Floats, which have improved rough water handling qualities for float-equipped aircraft. The new floats include the traditional Wipline flat top deck for easy loading and safety. The main gear system has been completely redesigned, which improves reliability and makes for easy maintenance.

Bombardier Delivers 201st Amphibious Aircraft

Mon May 3, 2010 - Montral, Qubec Canada: The Airplane Is Newfoundland And Labrador's First Bombardier 415 It's possibly the least-well-known of the Bombardier family, but the company claims it is the world's most efficient firefighting aircraft. Rrecently, Bombardier Aerospace announced it has delivered its 201st amphibious aircraft, a Bombardier 415 to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the first for four of the amphibs ordered by the government in 2009 to at least partially replace its aging fleet of CL-215 aircraft.The Bombardier 415 aircraft is the latest in a long line of amphibious aircraft to be designed, manufactured and supported by Bombardier Aerospace. Most of the fleet is still in service in firefighting operations. "Since its launch in 1994, the Bombardier 415 aircraft has consistently proved itself to be a reliable and effective firefighting tool. The aircraft's unique operational capabilities and exceptional performance allow it to operate in the most rugged and demanding of circumstances, and it is recognized around the world as the most effective firefighting aircraft available," said Michel Bourgeois, President, Bombardier Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft and Military Aviation Training.

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