YAKIMA, Wash. — CubCrafters has partnered with Aerocet to offer amphibious floats specifically designed for CubCrafters’ CC11 airframes, which include the Carbon Cub SS, Sport Cub S2 and Carbon Cub EX kit models.
Aerocet’s Model 1500 Amphibious Floats represent an entirely new design approach for the company and feature an all-carbon fiber hull for light weight (only 245 lbs.) and durability, according to CubCrafters officials.
“We’ve worked with the Aerocet team on this project for almost three years,” says CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervold. “Our CC11 airframe is very special. It is lightweight, but very strong. Our Carbon Cub and Sport Cub models have elevated pilots’ expectations of backcountry airplanes. We were determined to offer floats that achieve the same modern standard and we’re thrilled with the result.”
Aerocet’s new Model 1500 Amphibious Floats include a carbon fiber version of the company’s double-fluted hull design that weighs less but affords greater strength. The rivet-free construction eliminates leaks and, with all-stainless steel hardware, precludes corrosion, company officials said. The floats contain six watertight compartments, and large storage lockers can accommodate fuel cans.
The dual water rudders are controlled by a tiller design yielding excellent maneuverability, CubCrafters officials noted. The floats’ hydrodynamic design provides a soft ride in choppy conditions, and resists bow spray at all taxi speeds. The high level of floatation resists burying the nose during downwind turns, officials add.
The Model 1500 landing gear includes large 5:00 tires and Aerocet’s Oleo shock system, a pneumatic trailing arm link that allows off-airport duty while providing smooth, no-bounce comfort during taxi, CubCrafters officials said. Aerocet has incorporated its oil bath wheels that eliminate seasonal bearing replacement. A dual-action hydraulic hand pump retracts the landing gear.
The Aerocet Model 1500 Amphibious Floats are available from CubCrafters as an option for new aircraft, kits and for installation on existing aircraft. Price: $49,990, installed.