Posted: 9/4/2010 08:37:17
Modified: 9/4/2010 08:41:17
I am working on a 2+2 place version of Molt Taylor's Coot Amphibian. I want to duplicate the performance of my 1968 Piper Cherokee 140 with the added capability of water landing operations. We live in the Chesapeake Bay region and would get a lot more of use out of our airplane if it were a capable boat as well as an airplane.
The 2 place Coot has many of the features I am looking for in a design, it just needs to be larger. The Long Coot will be 25% longer and maximum gross weight will be 50% higher. These numbers were chosen because they are easy to implement and will result in an aiplane with about the right amount of useful load and floatation. The Coot is a very seaworthy design and will handle big water well. The wings are foldable and the vessel can be trailered like a boat. The hull can be built in a similar manner to a speed boat using similar materials.
This is going to be a long project. Anyone interested can get more information from me via email at email@example.com and I can provide you with a project update.
Have Fun! Fly Safe!
William "Pete" Hodges
The Quixote Airman