Seaplane takeoff dolly help needed

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Seaplane takeoff dolly help needed

Post by harmonii » Sun Jan 10, 2016 09:54

Hey does anyone have pictures or plans for a straight float seaplane dolly. One I can use to launch the plane?

Not looking for one to just move it around.

-H
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Re: Seaplane takeoff dolly help needed

Post by dikholder » Mon Jan 11, 2016 02:47

I have seen it done about 4 times. Three times they just used a flatbed trailer or flatbed truck. the truck started down the runway with the planes engine idling and when they reached a speed just under stall the plane ran up the throttle and flew off the trailer as it passed the stall speed. The other time used a flatbed dolly with the plane on the dolly which was tethered to a following truck. Same scenario execpt the plane had a larger part in controlling the direction down the runway. Nothing too special about either process, but I am sure there was a lot of precoordination between the pilot and the truck operator.

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Re: Seaplane takeoff dolly help needed

Post by harmonii » Mon Jan 11, 2016 16:00

Well, I've not seen it done 4 times, but I've done it that many times myself. Here in the cold places, I put the plane on wheels every winter! One small correction, if you're taking off from a trailer, let the airspeed get to at least 10 mph over stall for safety :)

What I'm looking for is help constructing a dolly. I've google searched the heck out of it, did find some pics but no plans or good enough pictures to make one from.

A dolly sits under the floats, and the plane can taxi and run down the runway with it, when it flies off, the dolly just coasts to a stop and is retrieved by friends. Most have a simple automatic brake that is activated when the plane lifts off.

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Re: Seaplane takeoff dolly help needed

Post by rkittine » Tue Jan 12, 2016 18:54

cubdriver2 on www.SeaplaneForum.com has one that I am sure he would be happy to send you pictures of.

His name is Glenn.

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Post by harmonii » Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:51

:( Not a member..... Too many things to be a member of.... UGH
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Re: Seaplane takeoff dolly help needed

Post by rkittine » Thu Jan 14, 2016 18:20

Glenn Guifoyle

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Re: Seaplane takeoff dolly help needed

Post by harmonii » Fri Jan 15, 2016 14:55

Thanks Rob, I sent him an eMail!
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