AFTON, WY – P.K. Floats has completed the certification process for a new amphibious float design that can be used on all Husky 180 and 200 hp aircraft. The aluminum floats, reportedly the lightest in their class in the float industry, weigh 409 pounds and add 295 pounds after the landing gear is removed. The PK2250A floats do not require a ventral fin, saving owners re-installation every season.
P.K. Floats has also completed flight testing and applied for a gross weight increase that will boost the Husky from its current 2,200 pounds to 2,400 pounds. Huskys already have the highest gross weight in their class. At full gross, the Husky lifts off the water in seven seconds.
The new floats feature rear hydroboosters and forward chine hydroboosters that promote stability and quicker liftoff. The floats' wheels have a newly designed double puck breaking system to improve stopping power and breaking distance on runways. Each float has a 50-pound storage compartment with flush hatches that have a neoprene seal to eliminate leakage. Water rudders are made of composite materials and all fittings are of stainless steel. The hydraulic pump for the floats is located in the floats, removing it from the typical installation in the aft section of the aircraft, eliminating weight and complexity to the system.
The Husky can be fitted with straight or amphibious floats, skis and tires ranging from the standard 600 X 6 up to tundra tires with a 31-inch diameter. This allows the Husky, with its STOL performance, to take off and land on wet or frozen lakes, rivers and ponds, glaciers, open fields with 10-inch logs or rocks, dirt roads, aircraft carriers, and pickup trucks.
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The company expects to complete the float installation approval and begin taking orders in the Spring of 2010.
Avex aviation services near St. Petersburg, Russia will provide sales, service and training for the Husky and Pitts aircraft.