We receive calls frequently about corrosion dealings with aluminum floats and people looking for an alternative. Some are not concerned about what they are doing with their floats today, but like the option of operating in that salty substance called ‘seawater’
Aerocet® 3400 series floats are certified or “STC’d” for Cessna 180A thru H** J&K**,185, 185A thru E, A185E, A185F, P206, P206A, U206A thru G, TP206A, TU206A thru G, T206H. Seaplanes West in Alberta, Canada also has certified the 3400 series on the Cessna 182, and Found Aircraft has certified the 3400 series on their BushHawk and Expedition aircraft.
With one of our competitors using flush riveting in the step area, the aluminum float can perform much better than they did previously. Do they actually perform better? Well, we would like to say that is a matter of opinion.
The 3400 series floats have a maximum floatation of 3775 lbs.
From a technical perspective, fiberglass floats do gain weight over time. The question is ‘how much?’. Scientifically speaking, the composite structure can gain only 5 – 6 lbs. if the laminate was totally saturated over a 45 – 90 day period of time.
After a generous amount of input from the industry, the majority said they didn’t want the complexity, maintenance, and possible one gear up, one gear down condition possible with up-locks. You could argue for either system but we chose this direction for the 3400s and with so many of them out there now, without issue, we feel confident about the direction taken.
The Aerocet® 3500 series floats are certified or “STC’d” for Cessna 180’s, 185’s, and 206’s. Seaplanes West in Alberta, Canada also has certified the 3500 series floats on the Cessna 182.
The 3500 series floats have a maximum floatation of 3905 lbs.
The typical height of a Cessna 185 mounted on Aerocet® 3400 amphibious floats is 13′ 8″. While new hangars can be designed around this, some owners have opted to build a dolly that lifts the nose and dips the tail to accommodate their lower door opening.