SOUTH ST. PAUL, MINN. – Wipaire, Inc., a leader in aircraft float manufacturing, aircraft restoration, avionics, interiors, and aircraft sales and service, held a safety seminar February 27, 2016 at its service center in Leesburg, Florida. Headquartered at South St. Paul Municipal Airport in the Twin Cities, Wipaire has had a facility at Leesburg International Airport (KLEE) since February 2013, and expanded its service center into a new, larger hangar in 2015. Wipaire’s Leesburg location was named a Viking aircraft factory-endorsed service center in February 2015, and a Cessna Authorized Service Facility in September 2015.
The Leesburg facility has grown to over 20,000 square feet and can accommodate the entire range of aircraft that Wipaire manufactures Wipline floats for, from the Aviat Husky to the Twin Otter.
The safety seminar included topics of interest to all pilots, as well as seaplane-specific topics. FAA Wings credit was available and a complimentary continental breakfast and luncheon was served.
Both domestic and international customers were invited to attend the seminar for demonstrations of the “Fire Boss” water bomber. Wipaire has engineered over 100 Supplemental Type Certificate modifications for improved performance, utility, convenience, and reliability, and the Fire Boss is the result of one of those STCs, taking an Air Tractor AT-802 and converting it into a water bomber, utilizing Wipline 10000 amphibious floats. The Fire Boss can scoop up water from a lake or river and dispense it on a fire. In addition to the 820-gallon standard retardant tank mounted on the fuselage, the Fire Boss can have optional 35-gallon foam tanks installed in the floats (www.wipaire.com).