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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:45 am    Post subject: Austin catalina Reply with quote

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I lusted over the Catalina long and hard before buying my Model IV back in the
early '90s. Is it as fun as it looks like it should be, Jack?

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Not much legally landable water here in Arizona, just Lakes Powell and Havasu,
I think.

The catalina is fun to fly, but pretty draggy- cruise is around 70-75
indicated, and it seems I'm
always in a headwind. I have to fold the wings to get it into the
hangar, and to make that
happen takes around 45 minutes- the wingspan is 36 feet, and when they
fold, the floats
are lower than the tailwheel. You also have to take off the rear cowls
(five pieces) before
folding. I load it on a trailer- *before* the wings fold, the tailwheel
weight is 105 pounds!
There's no suspension other than the turf-glide tires, and only two
inches or so of clearance
on the keel when sitting on the tailwheel. I've yet to land on a grass
runway, but soon...

Its fun to fly off the water. I want to widen my horizons, so I'm
building on an osprey II,
which should get there much faster. It'll make the sport stall speed
with the longer wing option,
and as the builder, I get to declare the gross weight, which will be
1430 pounds...

One nice thing George Bush did as governor in Texas is declare all
bodies of water that are open
to motor boats (without horsepower limitations) to be open to seaplanes
as well. There are a few
limitations on *where* on some lakes you can operate, and some lakes are
closed to operations
by petition, but, not many.

I did this video a while back.. http://youtu.be/v8N8fQ803iA

-Jack


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:24 am    Post subject: Austin catalina Reply with quote

Great video and info, thanks Jack!

Mike G.
Phoenix, AZ
Kitfox Series 7
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On Apr 2, 2017, at 6:41 AM, Jack Bell <jack(at)comconn.com> wrote:

The catalina is fun to fly, but pretty draggy- cruise is around 70-75 indicated, and it seems I'm
always in a headwind. I have to fold the wings to get it into the hangar, and to make that
happen takes around 45 minutes- the wingspan is 36 feet, and when they fold, the floats
are lower than the tailwheel. You also have to take off the rear cowls (five pieces) before
folding. I load it on a trailer- *before* the wings fold, the tailwheel weight is 105 pounds!
There's no suspension other than the turf-glide tires, and only two inches or so of clearance
on the keel when sitting on the tailwheel. I've yet to land on a grass runway, but soon...

Its fun to fly off the water. I want to widen my horizons, so I'm building on an osprey II,
which should get there much faster. It'll make the sport stall speed with the longer wing option,
and as the builder, I get to declare the gross weight, which will be 1430 pounds...

One nice thing George Bush did as governor in Texas is declare all bodies of water that are open
to motor boats (without horsepower limitations) to be open to seaplanes as well. There are a few
limitations on *where* on some lakes you can operate, and some lakes are closed to operations
by petition, but, not many.

I did this video a while back.. http://youtu.be/v8N8fQ803iA

-Jack



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