Float­ing Around

Model Airplane News - - FLIGHT TEST -

In ad­di­tion to fixed gear, the FMS Su­per EZ comes with op­tional floats. Af­ter a cou­ple of flights with the con­ven­tional land­ing gear, I switched to the floats to see how they went on and per­formed on the wa­ter.

The swap out is about as sim­ple as it gets. The land­ing gear comes off with three screws, and the float struts go on with the same three on the front and four more on the rear. The in­cluded cross-braces and strut con­nec­tion points are all se­cured with setscrews, and ev­ery­thing went to­gether per­fectly. The fi­nal step is to plug in the in­cluded Y-har­ness and route one of the leads through the floor in the pre­cut slot and con­nect the wa­ter-rud­der servo wire. Then you are ready to head to the lake.

On the wa­ter, the Su­per EZ han­dled great. There is plenty of rud­der au­thor­ity to stay away from ob­sta­cles, which is not al­ways the case with float planes. You may want to add a lit­tle bit of expo to the rud­der for wa­ter op­er­a­tion be­cause the am­ple rud­der au­thor­ity can make take­off a lit­tle er­ratic if you aren’t gen­tle with the rud­der. Once in the air, the Su­per EZ still has plenty of power to pull around the ex­tra weight and drag of the floats.

Be aware that the wa­ter rud­der on the Su­per EZ is fixed. This means that if you hit some­thing in the wa­ter it will not swing out of the way to pro­tect it­self. You also need to be care­ful with it dur­ing trans­port. This is not a huge deal— just some­thing to keep in the back of your mind when han­dling the Su­per EZ on floats.

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