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This is an all-aluminum experimental Zenair
CH-701 STOL. This plane easily takes off and
lands in 100 feet. But unlike the Quicksiver, it
has a respectable cruise speed of 90 mph.
(I actually FLEW this one to Florida).
Here (at right) it's on tundra tires. I've just
landed on frozen Goose Pond - the same place
we tested the hovercraft a couple of years later.
This plane started out as Quicksilver
Sprint II - which I built from a kit.
Then, I added the strut bracing (to
replace the kingpost and cables) and
the inflatable Full Lotus floats. The
amphibious gear, complete with
retractable nosewheel, was adapted
from a Jim Lee design and is now
marketed by Vista Enterprises in
California under the Quicktrac name.
This plane took off at 25 mph and
had a top speed of 45. At that speed
the wind in your face was quite
bearable and the view from the pilot's
seat unbeatable! A great
low-and-slow flyer but not much for
getting anywhere fast - driving was
|The Sea Mite was a folding-wing amphibious two-seat ultralight trainer built by J& J Ultralights in Live Oak, FL. It's best feature
was a wing that could be folded like an umbrella in a matter of minutes allowing the craft to be stored in the garage or towed on a
trailer down the highway at 65 mph. I took it to Florida that way several times. Probably the most fun flying machine I ever had,
but it did involve learning a new flying techniique. Without a tail or ailerons, all control is accomplished by moving the wing --
easy, except all controls motions are exactly the reverse of a standard 3-axis control plane - like the Quicksilver and Flightstar above.