Zenair Begins Deliveries Of Light Weight Aluminum Floats
January 20, 2010 - Less than a year after announcing it would be returning its float production to North America, Zenair Ltd. has begun deliveries of its light-weight all-aluminum floats.
Following the announcement at AirVenture 2009, the design upgrades and production tooling took place in the fall of 2009, including preparation of new assembly drawings for floats sold as kits.
the amphibious floats started in November, with the first
ready-to-assemble kit delivered in December. In early January 2010,
Zenair delivered its first complete set of amphibious floats.
"The production of
kits and ready-to-mount floats for light-weight aircraft is up and
running," says Nicolas Heintz, in charge of the Zenair floats at Zenair
ltd; "we are now finalizing drawings and tooling for our larger 1,400
lbs LSA floats, and should be ready to ship in early spring 2010."
Zenair Floats were first introduced in the mid-eighties and quickly set the standard for all-metal floats for ultralight aircraft. They were the lightest and sleekest floats available for ultralights and were soon seen across the continent on early models of Quicksilver, Kolb and Lazair designs, and later on the popular STOL CH701 aircraft.
Zenairís trademark aluminum floats designed by Chris Heintz were first
introduced in the 1980s with the remarkably strong yet lightweight #550
ultralight floats that weighed just 18 pounds each. These float sets
were offered as kits or as ready-to-install fully assembled pontoons;
they were popular with owners of true ultalights who appreciated their
good looks and excellent handling characteristics, including the ability
to carry more than their own weight is straight-and-level flight. Soon,
#750 floats were introduced for two-place ultralights, then #950 and
#1150 for light recreational aircraft. Amphibious designs followed
The production of Zenair Floats was moved from
Today, Zenair Floats are installed on a wide
variety of aircraft designs. Complete rigging kits are available from
Zenair to mount the floats to any Zenair aircraft model; basic elements
such as stream-lined spreader-bars and fittings are also available to
configure the floats on other brands of light sport aircraft. Always
contact your aircraft designer or manufacturer for specific mounting
advice or instructions.
in 1986, the STOL CH 701 aircraft was developed as an "off-airport"
short take-off and landing kit aircraft to fulfill the demanding
requirements of both sport pilots and first-time builders. With the STOL
CH 701, designer Chris Heintz combined the features and advantages of a
"real" airplane with the short-field capabilities of an "ultralight"
aircraft. The aircraft features fixed leading-edge slats for high lift,
full-span flaperons (both ailerons and flaps), an all-flying rudder, and
durable all-metal construction.
The STOL CH701
design meets the definition of a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) for
operation under the FAA's Sport Pilot / Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)
category. While the basic
design has remained the same, many significant improvements have been
introduced over the years, including a higher useful load, easier and
quicker build kits, and more detailed drawings and step-by-step assembly
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