landing on Puddle Jumper floats.

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  • Her second rule was no puddle jumpers or floaties. Yes, you read that correctly. Her reasoning with regards to this advice is that puddle jumpers and floaties give kids a false sense of security because they sit higher up in the water. Then, when they don’t have the puddle jumper or floaties on, like when learning to swim, they are uncomfortable and scared because it feels unfamiliar and not as secure.

    Can absolutely relate to this struggle! Our son who is now 5 has never used a puddle jumper or floaties (and goggles on occasion). I grew up swimming competitively, and was adamant he learned to swim without “aides.” Now 5 year old brother has a 2 year old sister. 2 year old sister is fearless in the pool and wants to do everything 5 year old brother does. Mama is left to manage two kids with two different swimming skills, often. So today while at Costco, a puddle jumper may or may not have magically appeared in the cart. 😉

  • Ryan Smith having a blast on a 90 degree night. Equipment is a Quicksilver Two Axis, Puddle Jumper Amphibious Floats. Ryan only started flying Quicks less than a year ago. He now has over 100 hours.

    Her second rule was no puddle jumpers or floaties. Yes, you read that correctly. Her reasoning with regards to this advice is that puddle jumpers and floaties give kids a false sense of security because they sit higher up in the water. Then, when they don’t have the puddle jumper or floaties on, like when learning to swim, they are uncomfortable and scared because it feels unfamiliar and not as secure.

    Here is what I did to give a quick check on the position of my flaperons. Trimming in flight is a common necessity but landing with reflex flaperons can be dangerous if you don't know at what speed you'll be stalling the plane. The Challenger II on Puddle Jumper floats with a Rotax DCDI 503 (i.e. heavy) can stall at 50 mph when the flaperons are fully reflexed (trailing edge up). Attached are pictures showing the cable control wire attached to the flaperon control horn and snaked down to the starboard aluminum downtube in the cockpit. The gauge end has a copper sleeve swaged to the wire forming a small loop to which I fastened a spring to keep tension on the cable. The gauge itself was made from printed computer graphics and backing made from velcro was glued to the paper gauge. This adhesive velcro allowed me to adjust the scale to the neutral position after everything was in place. The clear plastic tubing protected everything on the down tube for those times when I needed the "sissy bars" in turbulence! The position of the gauge at eye level gives a quick easy reference to the flaperon position on landing and is on my landing check list. Good flying.   

    Mike Round

  • Can absolutely relate to this struggle! Our son who is now 5 has never used a puddle jumper or floaties (and goggles on occasion). I grew up swimming competitively, and was adamant he learned to swim without “aides.” Now 5 year old brother has a 2 year old sister. 2 year old sister is fearless in the pool and wants to do everything 5 year old brother does. Mama is left to manage two kids with two different swimming skills, often. So today while at Costco, a puddle jumper may or may not have magically appeared in the cart. 😉

Puddle Jumper floats in action.

Roy T. Hanan, brought his amphibious MTO Sport to the LSA Expo, in Sebring, Florida. He has installed a set of amphibious Puddle Jumper floats onto the machine. To support the amphibious operation, Roy says the aircraft requires a Rotax 914 with turbo. If you are interested, completely configured, the aircraft will cost you $85,000.