October 6, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
The FAA has approved light sport certification of the $159,000 American Legend FloatCub amphibious aircraft. The aircraft is based on a lightweight model of the Legend Cub and is equipped with Baumann Floats.
The aircraft features a simple, repositionable landing gear. The first copy of the aircraft has traveled from Texas to Oshkosh, Wis., to Maine and back to the Sulphur Springs, Texas, factory. At the Thirty-sixth Annual International Seaplane Fly-In in Greenville, Maine, last month, the American Legend Amphibious FloatCub took two awards including “Best Take-Off” and the coveted “Cutest Darn Aircraft” award.
The aircraft has doors on both sides of the cockpit and uses an electric starter, thus eliminating the precarious step of hand-propping and maneuvering back to the cockpit. The first customer aircraft is currently in production.
Baumann has manufactured lightweight and medium-weight FAA-certified floats since 1989.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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