Seaplane kit recommendation?

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  1. May 20, 2008 #1

    Wakesurfboy

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    Hello,

    I'm new here and I need suggestions/info’s/experiences with some latest Seaplane kit available on the market.

    My first choice was the Aerocat but since the price list get out, I change my mind for a smaller and cheaper solution.

    Those models come to my attention:

    - Super Petrel / Sea star with a Rotax 912 100hp
    - Glass Goose with a Lycoming 320

    Any suggestions/info’s/experiences/kit for you knows about?

     
  2. May 26, 2008 #2

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    Do you have the websites for those listed? I'm looking for info too.:gig:
     
  3. May 31, 2008 #3

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    Are you only interested in kits? By going the plans built route you have alot more options.

    Volmer VJ-22
    Coot
    Osprey II
    Kingfisher

    Just to name a few. I personally am starting on a VJ-22

    skeeter
     
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    Hope this doesnt sound like a silly question but... the VJ22 uses Champ wings. Do you get the wings from a scrapped Champ, or do the plans let you manufacture them?
     
  5. Feb 23, 2010 #5

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    Either one is an option. Detailed plans to build the wings do come with the plan set or if you can find them use Champ wings to save building time. I'm just now starting to build the ribs for mine.

    skeeter
     
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    Another kit to look at is the Searey. Owners LOVE this plane.
     
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    I really like the searay myself, except for it being too ultralighty like.

    skeeter
     
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    You should look at the new SeaRey LSX. It not ultralighty any more.
    www.searey.com click on photos tab.

    SeaRey LSX in water.jpg
     
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    Have you thought about the Aventura II sport, its a quick build simple kit thats a 33,400 with the engine and you can land on water.

    If you want to know more about this aircraft and also the 582 rotax go to:

    Aventura II | Google Groups
     
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    Just came back from the PIMA air museum in Tucson, AZ where they have an Osprey II on display in the main hanger. That is one very clean design for a seaplane that is worth considering if you decide to bump it up a bit...
     

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    That is a nice plane!
     
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    In the March 2010 EAA Sport Aviation, there is an article about the Spencer Air Car, which is the wood/composite predecessor to the Republic SeaBee, also designed by Percy Spencer. It is plans-build only, and quite a beast. Doug Palmer (builder of the article's subject) powered his with a 285hp Continental Tiara 6-285-C2.

    EAA Photo Gallery

    Contact info from the article:
    Wanda Kerans
    robertkerans(at)earthlink.net
     
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    I've always admired the Mermaid / M6: M6 by Wetaero, inc. - Home Page

    I'm always a bit disappointed to see vortex generators pop up on a design as it suggests that the original aerodynamic design was flawed.

    The Glass Goose has these too: Glass Goose Amphibian Aircraft by Quikkit

    The Super Petrel has been my favourite amphibian for several years now. I'm just waiting for that lottery money...
     
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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]The seaplane kit includes all laser cut 6 mm depron foam, carbon fiber spars, pushrods and control horns, motor mount and detailed construction guide on CD. these all are very helpful kit in seaplane.[/FONT]
     
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    Thanks Suzienderson
    Are you building one yourself? If so I am sure that we all would like to hear your progress reports.
     
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    I just saw last week that the VJ-22 from Volmer is offered as a kit (less engine and avionics of course) from Aircraft Spruce for roughly $6000. Designed for the C-85 Continental engine with 85 horsepower.

    The BMW R1150 motorcycle engine weighs about 15 lbs less (wet with a PRSU and prop) than a C-85 (dry, no prop) and has better fuel burn (about 4 gph compared to 5.5 for the C-85) with 100-110hp (depending on which model bike, compared to 85hp for the C-85) and would make this plane a lively performer with longer range and room for more payload.

    Its a good looking little amphibian. I'm liking it!
     
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    My experience is if it burns less fuel it makes less power.
     
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    It's not really a kit; it's merely the plans' bill of materials already put together. Same holds true for all the other 'kits' they offer.
     
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    Yes, it is just the spruce cut to size minus the length. You still have to buy everything else, including plywood.
     

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