Wipaire, Inc. has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of the 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 Wipaire’s Wipline family of products. The hulls are modeled after the Wipline 13000 Floats, which have improved rough water handling qualities for float-equipped aircraft, according to company officials. 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, officials note.
“These features, along with several other enhancements, make the Wipline 7000 the most advanced float we have ever produced,” said Rich Adler, manager of engineering and certification. “We are very pleased with the overall performance of the float, and expect operators will be pleased as well.”
“We have quite a few customers for the KODIAK that have been waiting for floats,” said Paul Schaller, Quest president and CEO. “The certification of the Wipaire float is a significant milestone for us and demonstrates the rugged performance capabilities that are inherent in the aircraft’s design.”
The KODIAK is built around a commitment to modern STOL design and was designed from the outset to operate off floats without structural upgrades.