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Shane Griffith
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#1 Posted: 2/3/2010 23:24:18

I am relatively new to airplane building. I would like some Ideas on what to look for and if I sound too far feched.

I am looking for a homebuild that is an amphibian with seating for 4-6 plus baggage. Basically I want a grumman windegon in a home build kit. could anyone give ideas on something close to that?



Ron Wanttaja
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#2 Posted: 2/4/2010 01:08:38
Shane Griffith wrote:

 

I am relatively new to airplane building. I would like some Ideas on what to look for and if I sound too far feched.

I am looking for a homebuild that is an amphibian with seating for 4-6 plus baggage. Basically I want a grumman windegon in a home build kit. could anyone give ideas on something close to that?

The Gweduc  would be perfect, if they decide to sell kits.  It was intended as a "modern" Widgeon.  One of our local EAA'ers has been elbow deep in the plane since day 1.



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Mark Kennedy
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#3 Posted: 2/4/2010 18:23:01

Don't know of any kits greater than 2 seats. There's also several plans-built 2-seaters and one 4-seater--the Spencer Air Car. Check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Aircar/ . Keep us posted!



Adam Smith
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#4 Posted: 2/4/2010 19:00:27

Feature article on the Spencer Air Car coming up in the March edition of Sport Aviation magazine :-)



Paul Marshall
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#5 Posted: 2/5/2010 07:07:07

Hi Shane

I know of a 4 plane Seawind composite amphibian aircraft for sale. it is 80% complete with a brand new IO-540 engine and new three blade hartzell prop.

If you are interested contact me at phmusa@gmail.com

PHM



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David Mix
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#6 Posted: 2/5/2010 11:04:53

Hi Shane,

Just a suggestion, but try your local FBO for a copy of Trade-A-Plane (a good deal at 3 bucks). Or try

Barnstormers.com on the web (great deal, it's free).  Search under catagories of amphibian and/or

experimental, or any specific aircraft names you can think of. These sources have passed the test of time.

Good luck with your search, you never know whats out there : )

Dave



Bill Canino
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#7 Posted: 2/5/2010 14:11:09

Shane, go for it!. Nothing beats the enjoyment, learning and satisfaction of builidng your own. If you build it i will inspect it and issue your airworthiness certificate for free. Keep this note and call me when you are done. GoodLuck, Bill (501.228.7777)



Shane Griffith
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#8 Posted: 2/7/2010 10:43:18

The Gewduck looks great. It looks like they're still in development stages though but thats okay. They might have full scale production and kits soon or maybe just plans. Any of those would be great for me. Thanks a lot for you help and thanks to all the other guys that gave me iformation it really helped.



Shane Griffith
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#9 Posted: 2/8/2010 22:17:08

Could you give me the name or email address of this EAAer you know. Perhaps we could talk since we share common interests. Also do you know how I could get started on a project like this. I mean I know I will need a lot of space but should I build a model first? It would be nice to have the plans from Grumman for specs and measurements. But I really like that the Gweduck is composite. Fiberglass I think. Thats what I would try. They do build boats out of it so I guess that should be a start.

All you information is really helpful so anything I get from anybody is extremly helpful.

O and thanks Bill for your offer I will have to keep that stored away.



Kenneth Johnson
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#10 Posted: 2/20/2010 16:42:39

Have you looked at the Zenith CH801.  This is a STOL 4 passenger plane that can be fitted with floats.  It has a usefull load max of 1000 lbs.  A Lycoming 360 or similar engine is recommended.