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    Default Aerocet Amphibs for Sport Cub and Carbon Cub


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    CUBCRAFTERS INTRODUCES AMPHIBIOUS FLOATS FROM AEROCET
    DESIGNED FOR CARBON CUB AND SPORT CUB

    Yakima, Washington – September 26, 2014: Light aircraft designer and manufacturer CubCrafters has partnered with Aerocet to offer amphibious floats specifically designed for CubCrafters’ CC11 airframes, which include the popular 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.

    Pilots have long recognized that CubCrafters’ aircraft make extraordinary floatplanes. With this introduction, flyers can now experience the full potential of CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub and Sport Cub on floats. The combination of Aerocet’s slippery, light weight hull and CubCrafters’ exhilarating performance guarantees the perfect pairing.

    “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 superior strength. The rivet-free construction eliminates leaks and, with all-stainless steel hardware, precludes corrosion. The floats contain six watertight compartments, and large storage lockers can accommodate fuel cans.

    On the Water
    The dual water rudders are controlled by a simple tiller design yielding excellent maneuverability. The floats’ superior 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.

    On the Runway
    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. Aerocet has incorporated their oil bath wheels that eliminate seasonal bearing replacement. A dual-action hydraulic hand pump efficiently retracts the landing gear.

    “Mounted on our Carbon Cub, the Aerocets deliver an energetic takeoff”, says Lervold. “With full power and small headwind, the takeoff is so swift, you’re airborne before getting on the step! This is exactly the kind of performance seaplane enthusiasts dreams about.”

    The Aerocet Model 1500 Amphibious Floats are available from CubCrafters as an option for new aircraft, kits and for installation on existing aircraft. Contact CubCrafters or your CubCrafters Certified Sales Center for more information.

    AEROCET MODEL 1500 SPECIFICATIONS:
    Weight: 245 lbs.
    Gear retract system: Dual-action hydraulic hand pump
    Buoyancy: 1,550 lbs.
    Maximum flotation: 1,746 lbs.
    Price: $49,990, installed

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    Default Re: Aerocet Amphibs for Sport Cub and Carbon Cub

    I want!


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    Default Re: Aerocet Amphibs for Sport Cub and Carbon Cub

    New coverage from FLYING magazine


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    Default Re: Aerocet Amphibs for Sport Cub and Carbon Cub

    So these were on display at Sebring this year. Has anyone had any experience with them?









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    Default Re: Aerocet Amphibs for Sport Cub and Carbon Cub

    My experience with these floats is extensive.
    Up until just recently, I had a set of Mead 1430As (amphibs) installed on my SportCub XP. The airplane and the floats few very well and the floats handled quite well on on the water. These floats are a composite construction with a double fluted hull bottom which makes the handling on the water exceptional. Installed weight on the Mead 1430A system is 230 lbs depending on main wheel size.
    The details of the floats can be on the manufacturers web site (www.meadfloats.com). Mead also makes a 2200 model float for experimental aircraft weighing up to 2500 lbs. In fact, a set of 2200s is being built for a CarbonCub EX owner whose airplane is certified at 1865 lbs so he can utilize the full performance of his airplane. Having almost 800 lbs useful load on floats in a CCEX is attractive to this owner. Installed weight of the Mead 2200 is 350 lbs.
    The aircraft in the picture is a stock SportCub on the Mead 1430A float system. The owner has had his floats for 2 yrs + and he is very happy with the floats. The have held up beautifully and have required no extra maintenance. The set of floats in the foreground is a pre-owned set (less than 30 hrs in use) that have been consigned for sale by the owner since he is no longer going to be doing any float flying.
    The Mead design and the Aerocet design are comparable in many ways but also differ in some significant ways. Both are excellent floats and both are far superior to some of the other floats available in the market place.
    In the interest of full disclosure, SWT Floatplanes is helping market the Mead Float System to the LSA and experimental market. SWT Floatplanes is an offshoot of SWT Aviation, the southeast sales center for CubCrafters.
    I will be happy to talk further with you about these floats. In fact, we may have talked at Sebring if you stopped by the CubCrafters booth. Just send me an email with your name and phone number.

    JM

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    John Moreland
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    CubCrafters Southeast Sales Center
    Central Florida

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