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Taildragger

#1 Post by Mapleflt » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:50 am

Does anyone in the forum know of a source for the taildragger kit and STC documents for the Cessna 150/172 series.

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Re: Taildragger

#2 Post by AirFrame » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:11 am

Here's the info for the Lowe STC for the 150:

http://www.taildraggeraviation.com/lowe.html

$500 for the STC
$7500 all-in for them to convert it for you

The other STC is called a "texas taildragger". Google search will return lots of results for Cessna 150 tailwheel conversion info.
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#3 Post by Mapleflt » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:47 am

Many thanks Airframe, cheers
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Re: Taildragger

#4 Post by Mapleflt » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:46 pm

On a related theme, with the right combination of STC 's can a Cessna 150/152 be turn into a suitable Sunday afternoon puddle hopper on floats. Its clearly recognized that there will be some limitations; but were talking no luggage, close to home sunny Sunday fun.

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#5 Post by AirFrame » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:02 pm

I want to say i've seen a 150 on floats, but i'm not 100% sure... Could have been a 152 for that matter. I'm sure it's been done, but no idea what STC's are available. Try Googling for "Cessna 150 on Floats."
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#6 Post by 5x5 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:21 pm

Have a look at this thread - it'll help you make your mind up.

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#7 Post by iflyforpie » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:58 am

I wouldn't see any reason why it couldn't be decent on floats. You can put a Cub on floats with half the power.

#1. Choose an early model 150 with manual flaps. They like most early Cessnas have a much lighter empty weight, more rudder authority with the square tail, and popping the flaps will come in very handy. If you paint some windows on the side, people might mistake it for a 180 or 185 from a distance.

#2. Strip everything out of it. Interior, carpet, passenger seat, vacuum system, radios, nav instruments, lights.

#3. Install every mod you can to increase wing area and gain STOL performance. VGs, leading edge cuffs, wing tips, wing extensions if available. Rig the ailerons on the droopy side of neutral (but within limits of course 8) ) if a Robertson STOL is not in your budget.

#4. Install a climb prop or re-pitch the prop for maximum static RPM as listed in the Type Certificate or get an STC to install one. Only the 150G and later have a seaplane prop specifically in the Type Certificate Data Sheet that allows a static RPM of 2600.

#5. Cool days, low elevations, long lakes, float rolls, and boat wakes are your new friends..... since you won't be able to take friends along. :D
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Re: Taildragger

#8 Post by Big Pistons Forever » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:39 am

Personally I don't get the 150 hp C 150 on floats thing. It is a one person airplane with no room inside and very underfloated with the edo 1650's.

For the same money you can get a C 172. It is an honest 2 place float plane with a comfortable cabin and it does OK on the Edo/Cap 2000's. With the wing extensions and bigger floats it actually performs surprisingly well and is IMO a nicer flying floatplane than the C 150.

One thing is for sure, stay away from a 100 hp C 150 on floats. It is grossly under-powered and is a total dog.
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