Zenair designed amphibious floats can be found on a wide variety of experimental aircraft and have been used for over 20 years. The float built in this video is of the 1450 lb model.
If you have purchased a set of Zenair floats, this video will significantly speed your building progress as each step of the float construction is explained and demonstrated, providing an valuable supplement to the supplied construction plans.
For those that have prior experience building experimental metal aircraft, these floats provide little additional challenges in construction skills. For those builders without experience in metal fabrication, the video will provide the visual information needed to help evaluate the building challenge. The simple tools used in the float construction are shown and discussed where needed.
While this video demonstrates the construction of a Zenair float, it does not show: the rigging of floats to an aircraft, spreader bars, mounting tires, nor other repetitive tasks such as painting, priming, riveting, etc. The effort was to keep the content of the video restricted to the unique tasks of float construction.
Steps included in this video include:
- Creating the form saddles.
- Constructing the float build table.
- The outer body float skin.
- Bulkhead panel installation.
- Fabricating the side gussets.
- The nose wheel mechanism.
- The main wheel well.
- The axel and main wheel.
- Main wheel retraction mechanism.
- Installing the steel pickup tube.
- Installing the keel.
- Installing the walk strip.
- and much more...
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