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The Piper Aztec on floats page 3

Rich Hulina reports on Air Muskoka’s elegant Nomad

Russ Smith of Kenai Fjords Outfitters operates N14BP in Homer, Alaska. Smith reports that their Nomad carries a good load and comes up on the step with no problems. He has built a custom-made slip from which only one person is needed to dock, unload and reload the Nomad.

Operators especially noted the Nomad’s exceptional water-handling characteristics. With large, dual water rudders and one engine off, the aircraft turns in either direction with ease. Propellers suffer little or no water damage, as they are located above the floats. Both floats have compartments, but these are suitable only for smaller items. Docking is straight­forward, and the low wing is not an inconvenience once you are used to it. The aircraft is easily controlled in any wind situation.

Air Muskoka’s Aztec Nomad is being offered for about US$215,000, depending on options. It is delivered FAA Part 135 and Transport Canada Part 703/4 ready. “We are not trying to compete against or replace any other type of aircraft, but simply offer another attractive option at a lower operating cost and purchase price,” says Dave Gronfors. For a detailed pilot report, contact Air Muskoka at |

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