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Robinson Special




Horizon X2 Amphibian

Horizon X2

Robinson Seabee News!

Brian Robinson, of Eric B. Robinson Limited, makers of the Robinson V8 Seabee conversions, sent a most interesting update on his V8 Seabee, C-FILM (#881), and their new Horizon X2 amphibian!

We flew the original installation 2,098 hours in the period from 4 July 2000 to 23 Dec 2011. During that time the aircraft performed far above my expectations. The engine and PSRU was performing well when it was removed. We removed it because my system was becoming dated. My aircraft was the first V 8 conversion done. It was running an LS 1 with a manual throttle standard Seabee Hartzell 3 blade propeller and our 1.68:1 reduction ratio. Most of my customers use the 1.98:1 ratio with an electric throttle.

The Bee had a conventional (dated) panel and was in need of some upgrading. We refurbished ILM with many improvements including a new LS 3 sporting a modified Edelbrock supercharger, a new design single leaver control system that combines throttle, pitch, reverse & supercharger control functions in one unit, and a new design data link that allows the engine data to be sent directly from the engine control unit to the new MGL IEFIS based panel. The data link avoids the hassle of wiring in engine sensors and has the benefit of letting the pilot monitor the actual GM engine sensors that control the engine. 

We were back in the air 14 Jan 2014 and now have 99 hours on the new installation. I am really happy with the  performance of the new engine and associated systems.

I am sure ILM is one of most highly modified Seabee ever flown. The list of modifications are as follows:
(Ed: too long to list here, see C-FILM )

I have not documented any performance numbers. For them to mean anything I would have to calibrate all the instruments & standardize the data. Sufficient to say I have flown ILM in side by side comparisons with many Seabees, and none of them have come close to matching the performance. The LS 3 is a noticeable improvement over the LS 1. I have only had the new engine to 10,000’ but I was able to still pull 30” HG. Someday I will borrow an oxygen system and explore the higher elevations.

These days my focus has shifted from the Seabee to trying to raise capital to build the prototype of our new Horizon X2 - the first amphibian you can land on the water with the wheels down without hurting yourself!

Visit our website and check out the Conversion Kits/Current status and Horizon X2 tabs for more pictures and information.

Brian (Robinson)
E-mail dated November 21, 2014

We really look forward to following the development of the Horizon X2 - the next generation Seabee!



John Cuny - N6230K Golden Lindy Grand Champion Seaplane!

John Cuny - N6230K

N6230K - EAA Grand Champion!

Of course we are not surprised - but still this is great news! -  John Cuny and his freshly restored Seabee N6230K (#433), won the  "Grand Champion Seaplane - Gold Lindy" award at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh  2014!  Congratulations, John!  So well deserved!

I know so many of you supported my effort for so long I wanted to include you. The Seabee won the Golden Lindy for Grand Champion Seaplanes Oshkosh 2014. Thanks again for all your support over these long and trying years!












News - Summer 2014

The only Seabee in Norway, LN-PLO (#813),  has been modified with extended wingtips during the winter.  Owner Per Otto Leth-Olsen even added more color to his Seabee by painting some nice stripes on the fuselage and engine cowling. (Photo: Erlend Karlsen)

John Cuny, who has been restoring #433 (N6230K)  for several years, reported in June:

Steinar,  she has flown! This is a picture of me on second flight day. We got her up on the first day for just a short check flight. We did four laps around the airport and the flight went well. Waited a few days and had second flight. A little more time in the air this time. Flew to get fuel and did some water work. Retracted the wheels and performed three water landing at lakes around Brian's home field. Then checked in with friends flying over there home fields and letting them know that the Seabee was back in the air. Now we have a little work taking care of some minor maintenance items. All in all I'm very pleased with the performance and the way she handled. Nice to have her back in the air after almost 15 years of reconditioning.
Sincerely John Cuny

On 23 July, N6108K (# 291) was severely damaged when storm winds of 70 mph hit Deer Park Airport, Washington, USA.  One hangar was destroyed, and N6108K parked outside on the grass was turned upside down.  The damage looks bad, but hopefully it will be possible to rebuild #291..

In Canada, Dr. Henry Chapeskie, was forced to make an emergency landing in Saskatchewan with his V8 Seabee CF-GAD (# 965) around 11:50 a.m. CST on 25 July, when the engine quit during a flight from home in Ontario to Yellowknife, NWT.  The forced landing was made in the bush, when he was not able to reach the nearby Wollaston Lake.  The two men were quickly assisted by the crew (Barry Howe and Ian Gainer) of a local seaplane hearing their MAYDAY call. Henry suffered back injuries, but the passenger was uninjured. Henry was flown from the crash scene to hospital in Saskatoon by a Griffon SAR helicopter.  We wish Henry a quick recovery from his injuries.  Henry suspected the cause of engine failure to be a failing alternator belt.



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