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.