Short Skyvan floatplane?

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Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby Kuni » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:27 pm

Hi,

does anyone know if there ever was/is a floatplane version of the Short SC-7 Skyvan? Maybe retrofitted floats? I would need some info, pictures etc.

Thanks in advance,
Rene
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Re: Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby schneiderman » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:07 pm

Hi Rene,

There does not appear to be an official project number for a floatplane Skyvan and no obvious gap in the project number sequence where it may fit. However that does not necessarily mean that such a modification was never considered.

Hope all is well with you

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Re: Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby Kuni » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:43 am

Hi Ralph,

yes, all is well. We moved to a new home, and that is the reason for my question. Here is no good grassfield to fly from, but many lakes, so I need to concentrate to waterplanes. I have a halfbuilt Skyvan, which could be converted easily. Otherwise it will gather dust...


At the moment I search a new project, relative easy to build, reasonable well documented, with good flying habits. Some friends and me have a plan to make waterplanes with 2m span, who fit time- and scale-relating, so they can fly together. The first one stays: a Latecoere 290.

Regards,
Rene
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Re: Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby schneiderman » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:27 pm

Hi Rene,

Have a look at this link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yo ... 7558.shtml

It refers to a television progamme broadcast years ago in which someone was looking at the possibility of putting floats on a Skyvan. Looks like you have a project!
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Re: Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby schneiderman » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:47 am

There's also this advert from 1966 which says the Skyvan can be fitted with floats or skis

https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFA ... 200312.PDF
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Re: Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby Kuni » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:13 pm

Hi Ralph,

yes, it seems so. Now it would be interesting to know if Shorts would have used own floats or foreign one's, maybe from Edo. I think I will drop Bombardier a mail...

Thanks for your help!
Regards,
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Re: Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby schneiderman » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:35 am

Rene,

Although Short used to be specialists in floats I guess that expertise had gone by the late 60s. As the production run for any Skyvan on flosts would have been low I expect they would have bought floats from outside suppliers. The DHC-6 Twin Otter was very similar in size and weight to the Skyvan so perhaps they would have used the same floats.

Cheers

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Re: Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby schneiderman » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:22 am

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Re: Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby Kuni » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:57 am

Hi Ralph,

oh, nice! Now I have an estimate how it would have looked like...
BTW I am just back from our Schneider trophy race weekend... third place out of 9 pilots. And I have flown my new project several times, the Pegna PC-1.

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Re: Short Skyvan floatplane?

Postby dogsbody » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:12 pm

Good find, Ralph.


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