Wipaire, Inc. has received certification of the Wipline 8750 float for the Cessna 208 Caravan. After 25 years in production, Wipaire has shelved the Wipline 8000 float for the all-new Wipline 8750 float.
Wipaire’s engineering team drew upon the successes of the Wipline 7000 and 8000 floats to reinvent a new float for the Cessna 208 Caravan, officials with the South St. Paul, Minn.-based company said.
One benefit of the Wipline 8750 is a gross weight increase to 8,750 pounds on floats, an increase of 390 to 750 pounds depending upon aircraft configuration. This weight increase was engineered with the short-haul operator in mind and includes no landing weight limitation on water or land, company officials note.
The Wipline 8750 float also features an improved main gear retraction mechanism designed for low-maintenance operations and an improved oleo design, officials said.
The extensive redesign also includes more buoyancy in the aft of the float and a modified hull design for improved handling in rough water.
For over 50 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a full line of aircraft floats for all sizes of aircraft from the Piper Cub to the Viking Twin Otter, including most single engine Cessna aircraft. In addition, Wipaire has engineered over 100 Supplemental Type Certificated modifications. Wipaire offers maintenance, avionics installation and repair, custom interior design and installation, and exterior paint refinishing.
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