A Story from Hans Hoffmann
"How to become a fan in waterflying"
When I built my Bee, I had a look at Andy Clancys video. I was inspired most
by the scene, where the Bee was waterdancing. But I thougt, that twinfloats
would look much better than his tail-float-version. More like a bushflyer.
In a hobbystore I saw a picture of the Conzelmann-Wingo with waterfeet and
immediatly ordered a pair of these floats.
The first test with the finished SeaBee was risky. In a little fishpond I only
wanted to see, how the Bee would swim. That looked so good, that I could not
resist to through the gas fully open and after a few meters, the
little bird was airborne. Straight ahead was a big bush, so I had to fly a
narrow turn. This proved to be no problem for the Bee, even with floats.
Enthusiastically I depicted my testresults to Tim Meyer-König, who offered
his own floats to me, to make tests with them.
Then a time with much pleasure and cold fingers began. After all, it still was
wintertime. The first testsea was a puddle on a meadow. There
blew a gusty wind, which caused very short starts,
but made landings a little bit more difficult.
On an other day I had better weatherconditions, when I tested both versions
of floats. I first took the wingo`s. Because of the winddirection I tried
a start in the short length of the meadow.
As there was not much room, landing was difficult. Better landings need a
little bit of throttle.
After several starts I overrated the Bee and ramed it into a bank. A reason
to change to Tims floats.
At first I didn't mount them correctly straight, so the Bee had problems to take of.
But then I had several beautyfull starts with these nice floats. Altogether I
emptied 3 accus, and it took 4 more days, to get the inside of the fuselage
dry. Too much spraywater got inside. Nevertheless, flying from water is a great fun and
the problems are a challenge.