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The Kolb Firefly on floats - a jet ski that flies!

The New Kolb Aircraft Company was at Sun N Fun 2005 with one of their little FireFly's. The FireFly is Kolb's legal part 103 ultralight, and the craft on display was advertised as being legal even with a set of floats.

This is the first time that a Firefly has been fitted with the aluminum Czech floats from Skyshops. The plane was serial #7, which was purchased back from a customer to be used as a test bed for the float installation. The craft was recovered and painted and the float mounting hardware and floats installed.

By using the aluminum floats which weigh in at only 30 lbs, and using the parachute allowance the plane comes in as a part 103 legal ultralight in the U.S. Powered by a Rotax 447 engine the craft comes out of the water in about 150 feet, climb rates comes in at 800 feet per minute, with cruise at 5000 rpm coming in at 55 mph.

The Firefly on display was sitting on a trailer that had been built to transport the plane with the floats mounted on it. The trailer was a standard aluminum boat trailer that had been modified to the correct width, length and axle placement, with a mount up tail boom, for transporting the Firefly.

With the wings folded it can be driven down the highway to the lake. The wings are then unfolded, which takes about 10 minutes with two people, the trailer can then be backed into the water allowing the plane to float off or be driven off under power. The system  also allows for storage of the plane on the trailer with the wings folded in a garage.

According to the owner - "it is a lot like having a Jet Ski that flies!"

Kolb FireFly specifications  
Empty Weight 252 lbs. (typically)
Reduction Unit Rotax "B" gearbox, 2.58:1
Propeller 66 in. diameter two-blade wood
Takeoff Distance 150 ft.
Rate of Climb 1000 fpm
Top Speed 63 mph, 75 mph (actual)
Cruise Speed 65 mph (70% power)
Wing Span 22 ft.
Wing Area 117 sq. ft.
Length 19 ft. 6 in. (same folded)
Height 69 in. (same folded)
75 in. (with 3 blade prop)
Width 57 in. (at the wheels)
66 in. (with 2 blade prop)
Gross Weight 500 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 5 gal.
Load Factor +4g, -2g (limit)
+6g, -3g (ultimate)
Stall Speed 27 mph
33 mph (clean)
30 mph (flaperons)
Vne 80mph
For more information contact:
The New Kolb Aircraft Company
8375 Russell Dyche Hwy.
London KY 40741
Fax 6060862-9622

Kolb FireFly - legal part 103 ultralight aircraft on floats with a Rotax 447 engine.

Kolb FireFly on?Skyshops aluminum floats.
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