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Old 11-10-2014, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default I still need float-rigging info

Sorry if this becomes redundant, but I haven't heard a word of response to a month-ago request for float-rigging info for my Zenair floats on a model IV. And I can't seem to get off a private message either. I know you float-fliers are out there, and I'm anxious to join the party. : )

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Old 11-10-2014, 10:08 AM   #2
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Default Re: I still need float-rigging info

Have you contacted Zenair? I can't imagine they wouldn't have info on how to mount their product.
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Old 11-11-2014, 07:01 AM   #3
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Default Re: I still need float-rigging info

I haven't contacted them, as their literature says to contact the airplane mfgr., which will be one of the next steps on the list. But I figured that contacting people who have actually hung zenairs on a model IV would be the way to go, rather than the McBeans, who probably have their hands full with the newer models, etc. I was just contacted by a person who gave me Paul Seehafer's phone number, and I'll call Paul, but that might be an imposition, so I'll wait a bit and see if he answers the group, then maybe the phone call will be in order.

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Old 11-11-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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Default Re: I still need float-rigging info

Call him. He's a friend of mine and I can tell you if there is anything he loves to do, it's talking about floats on a Kitfox!

(Be sure to first charge the battery on your phone and set aside a sizable block of time for the call.)
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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Hi Lynn,

I can't help but respond after Larry's intro

So first things first, what zenair floats are you trying to install? Floatation -Size (1150, 1200, 1300, etc), and are they a straight float or amphib? And what is your empty weight, engine type, prop, and your climb rate on wheels? That info will help to determine optimum step placement, and throat angle.

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Old 11-13-2014, 02:23 PM   #7
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Here is a You tube video on a Kitfox guy installing his floats this may help. I've never flown on floats so I am not sure if this is what you need. I finally watched the entire video, thank goodness he finally put on a shirt!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9y9ct0MndA
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:40 PM   #8
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http://www.zenairfloats.com/gallery-i-diff-designs.html

There are several photos that may help out.
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:20 PM   #9
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Hi Lynn,

I can't help but respond after Larry's intro

So first things first, what zenair floats are you trying to install?...Paul
I have the 1150A (amphib) floats, going on a 660 lb. Kitfox IV, with Jabiru 2200 engine (modified) with Prince P-tip prop (64 x 30) currently, and it climbs at 900-1200 fpm.

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Old 11-14-2014, 05:20 PM   #10
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That is a great climb with the Jab 2200 engine. Previously I would have tried to discourage a jab 2200 amphib as unfortunately I've never seen one work well on floats. But it sounds from your performance numbers that yours could be the exception. And frankly, I would love to see one done to prove it will work, as that is a really sweet motor imho. Oh, and you also picked a great set of amphibs for the model 4. So if we can get this rigging right you'll be hanging out with the seaplane crowd before you know it.

Give me 3 or 4 days to come up with some numbers for you. I'm pretty sure I can get you pretty close to where you need to be with the rigging. Plus I'll try to show you how to make your rigging adjustable if you need to make some minor changes later.

There could be a quite a bit of information by the time I get done. Would you like for me to email it to you, or would you prefer I post it here?

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