Floats on Snow, Corvair powered Merlin

Builders:

Jeff Moores, of Newfoundland Canada, who flies his Corvair powered Merlin on full lotus floats sent us a few more pictures of his bird in action. Not only does it fly well off water, Full Lotus floats also work well on snow. Jeff pre-heats the engine before starting, but the Corvair has no issue working in bitter cold. Jeff keeps the aircraft in a small hangar that is on the edge of a lake. Once frozen, the hangar is now on a very long runway. The photos came with the short note below.

 

“Hi William. Some pics from flying today. The engine is performing flawlessly. -Jeff”

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Outside the hangar. The aircraft has a 2700 cc /Dan bearing engine that Jeff built. It uses our standard nose bowl and stainless U-2 exhaust. The prop is a Warp Drive. The floats are made of inflated cells, the design is very versatile for this reason.

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Airborne on a very clear day. Jeff Moores, northern most Corvair pilot in the world.-ww

About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at www.FlyCorvair.com and in more than 50 magazine articles.

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