enhance the utility of your Rebel or Elite and enable you the access to
those hidden lakes in the back country, Murphy Aircraft has designed a
series of all aluminum straight and amphibious float kits. Currently,
Murphy Aircraft is manufacturing two weight category of floats, the
1500 and 1800 pound displacement. The 1500 series, straight and
amphibious models are excellent for our light weight Rebel and can
easily be fitted on many of the popular kit planes in this weight
range. The 1800 series were designed for the higher gross Rebel and
Elite and are also adaptable to a number of popular kit planes.
Murphy floats, like our aircraft, require no jigs to assemble, just lay
them out on a level working table and the self aligning pilot holes
will set you on the right path. They are constructed from 6061-T6
aluminum which has excellent corrosion resistant properties and is easy
to work. When you open the crate, you will find you have everything to
complete your floats (less tools). All Murphy floats feature twin water
rudders, spreader bars and connecting struts.
Each float is comprised of eight watertight compartments with easy
access through 6" spin-on caps. Side and top deck plates are
pre-punched providing for the location of the 11 main bulkheads, 7
false and 3 short putting you on the fast track for completion. Final
forming of the bulkheads are required but Murphy even supplies a metal
shrinker/stretcher in each kit and a complete tool kit is also
available. The floats are assembled using a "tank" (self sealing) rivet
which is a blind rivet only requiring a hand or pneumatic rivet gun.
This allows you to work alone and probably will save you some expense
by not messing with that bucking bar!
Amphibious floats offer the widest range of possibilities for turning
weekends into splashdown adventures. Wheels on the amphibious models
are retracted by four independent hydraulic cylinders by using a simple
hand pump located within easy reach to the pilot.
Both Murphy amphibious floats incorporate JDM 5" main wheels
and brakes with low profile tires and 8" free castering nose wheels.
Steering is accomplished through differential braking allowing the
floats to quickly pivot. Lowering the wheels requires approximately 18
strokes of the hand pump. The main gear is locked into position by
the linkage simply over centering and the nose gear cambers to the rear
and is held in place by hydraulic pressure. Suspension is provided by
compression washers on the main gear leg and by a semi-flexible front
Instructions are well laid out in a step by step instruction manual
with detailed exploded views. Assembly times will vary for each
individual and times will range from 250 - 500 hours depending on the
size and type of float being assembled.
Talk to one of our friendly sales reps for more information on how you
can convert your Rebel or other kit plane for float flying... it’s
quick, easy and beats nearly everything out there for cost and performance.
For pricing details please contact the
Murphy Aircraft Sales Team at ... Kits@PattersonAeroSales.com .