FireStar Ultralight on Monofloat
First Factory Installation
This spring, The New Kolb Aircraft Company showed off a FireStar on a Full Lotus monofloat with amphibious gear. The plane was built for a private owner by the factory's research and development department.
According to Ray Brown, head of R&D for New Kolb, "The FireStar and float installation took about 3 months to complete, working part- time. No special tools are required, just basic wrenches, sockets, drill and drill bits. A number of our customers have put their FireStars on floats, but this was our first factory-built float installation."
Most float-equipped craft suffer in performance due to the extra weight and drag of a float system. The answer? Up the horsepower. "The single-place monofloat FireStar equipped with a 50-hp Rotax 503 engine gets just about the same performance as the standard land version equipped with a 40-hp Rotax 447," says Brown.
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