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Old 06-05-2012, 06:17 AM   #3014
what blackflies?
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Location: Chapleau, ON
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Originally Posted by chazbird View Post
That's a Soloy conversion, done in Olympia, WA. 420-450 shp Allison (now Rolls Royce) turbo prop, MT prop. I think it is about 450K for the conversion. A great engine on floats, especially with reverse (docking and what not - but don't hit the dock!). It does burn 25-28 gallons per hour though. The float 206 with the 300 hp I0520 piston is considered a water-hog. Maybe that's why the reg on that plane says C-FHOG - For former Hog. That conversion would be fun on wheels too.
The plane had a three blade prop on it before, but he had it replaced with the five blade one after it nicked a dock. I think the engine had to be rebuilt too. It takes a while to start and spool up the turbine to get the prop biting air. He had pushed off the dock on a windy day and somehow got pointed back at the dock when thrust became available. No brakes on floatplanes.
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