Aircraft Review

April 2010 Issue

Legend Amphib: Fun-to-Fly Eyecatcher

A Legend Cub married to floats brings back basic, affordable water flying. A simple panel and an airframe diet makes the payload reasonable.

If you park a Cub on a ramp, youíll soon draw a crowd. If the Cub is on floats, youíll need crowd control and that, in a nutshell, describes what may be American Legendís best marketing ploy. At the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, last winter, Legend introduced the amphibious float version of its popular LSA Legend Cub. By dint of sheer size, it drew a constant stream of attentionóthe airplane towers over the typical diminutive LSA and itís one of only a small number of LSAs being sold as purpose-built amphibians. (We covered two others, the Searey and the Seamax in the August 2009 issue, both flying boats.) While we initially thought the Legend amphib was a conversion kit available for any existing Legend, it turns out not to be. Thatís not to say a Legend couldnít be fitted with floats, but the airplane we flew is a purpose-made amphib and owner Dick Parsons told us he doesnít have land gear for the airplane. (Thatís an option.)

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