SPLOG By DAN JOHNSO
We’ve arrived at the end of the main float-flying season, but two of our largest LSA manufacturers just unveiled floatplane models. Welcome to the American Legend FloatCub and the Remos GX on floats.
The most successful American LSA producer, American Legend, won approval Oct. 2 for its amphibious Legend FloatCub. FloatCub was put on sale for $159,000 and the first customer aircraft is being assembled. Legend went to long-established float company, Baumann Floats of New Richmond, Wis. The new model flew in July 2009 and made an appearance at Oshkosh.
Unlike original Piper Cubs that were often put on floats, the Legend Cub has doors on both sides, a big benefit when docking. If purchased with the 120-hp Jabiru 3300, Legend FloatCub should prove quite energetic, even at high elevations.
After Oshkosh 2008, Remos chose Downwind Technology in Menasha, Wis., to supply its Shark Floats and subcontracted with Aero Sport Outfitters to perform the installation. Like Legend, Remos showed its airplane at Oshkosh this year. After the show the final work was completed and the new model first flew on Sept. 30.
Sales director Ken Godin reported the Remos floatplane was licensed in the Research and Development Experimental Category (“the first LSA aircraft to do so,” he said). Test flights and performance data will be collected for the next few months and the aircraft is projected for “delivery in January or February 2010.”