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    New to flying & forum

    I'm new to this forum so my questions may be a bit off the wall. I recently bought a Quicksilver MXL II that has a Rotax 503. I weigh 225lbs and hope to convert my aircraft to use floats. I need more power and been told to trade my 503 for a 582 blue head. Can someone tell me where I can make the trade or if there's a better power plant option that'll fit my MXLII?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straybird View Post
    I'm new to this forum so my questions may be a bit off the wall. I recently bought a Quicksilver MXL II that has a Rotax 503. I weigh 225lbs and hope to convert my aircraft to use floats. I need more power and been told to trade my 503 for a 582 blue head. Can someone tell me where I can make the trade or if there's a better power plant option that'll fit my MXLII?
    Please be advised your plane is not an ultra-light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Buchanan View Post
    Please be advised your plane is not an ultra-light.
    Duly noted Sam. I know I said I'm new to flying but I do also know that my Quicksilver does not fall under the Part 103 guidelines for being an ultralight. That really wasn't why I was posting my questions. If your upset because I used "The Ultralight Strip" column I apologize for stepping on yours or anyone else's toes but it'll take me some time to find my way around this forum. In the mean time, can anybody answer my questions? Thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straybird View Post
    Duly noted Sam. I know I said I'm new to flying but I do also know that my Quicksilver does not fall under the Part 103 guidelines for being an ultralight. That really wasn't why I was posting my questions. If your upset because I used "The Ultralight Strip" column I apologize for stepping on yours or anyone else's toes but it'll take me some time to find my way around this forum. In the mean time, can anybody answer my questions? Thanks...
    Not upset at all, just hoping you were not going down a rabbit hole due to being uninformed.The 582 should be plenty of power if it is a suitable engine for your airframe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straybird View Post
    I'm new to this forum so my questions may be a bit off the wall. I recently bought a Quicksilver MXL II that has a Rotax 503. I weigh 225lbs and hope to convert my aircraft to use floats. I need more power and been told to trade my 503 for a 582 blue head. Can someone tell me where I can make the trade or if there's a better power plant option that'll fit my MXLII?
    The MXLII is a marginal floatplane even with a 582 on it. The problem is the double surface wing doesn't provide enough lift. You might be able to fly alone on floats. You probably will not be able to get it in the air with a passenger. It's generally accepted that the only 2-place Quicksilver that can be flown on floats is the single surface Sprint II.You might want to call Bever Borne at Air-Tech. Should be able to find his website easily via Google. He recently bought the operating assets of Quicksilver. Prior to doing so he has been the most active Quicksilver dealer for over 4 decades. They do a great amount of float flying. He can tell you what kind of performance you can expect out of your MXL II on floats.I don't believe there is any power option for the MXLII other than a 582.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straybird View Post
    Duly noted Sam. I know I said I'm new to flying but I do also know that my Quicksilver does not fall under the Part 103 guidelines for being an ultralight. That really wasn't why I was posting my questions. If your upset because I used "The Ultralight Strip" column I apologize for stepping on yours or anyone else's toes but it'll take me some time to find my way around this forum. In the mean time, can anybody answer my questions? Thanks...
    Straybird, you'll also find that there is a Quicksilver Owners group on Yahoo that has tons and tons of information on everything Quicksilver. Join the Yahoo Group "QuicksilverAircraftOwners". The forum group has been around for many years and the archives there are extensive.

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    Thanks everyone for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Straybird, you'll also find that there is a Quicksilver Owners group on Yahoo that has tons and tons of information on everything Quicksilver. Join the Yahoo Group "QuicksilverAircraftOwners". The forum group has been around for many years and the archives there are extensive.
    Thanks Buzz!!!

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    I believe Sam made the comment he did because you mentioned that your airplane weighed 225 lbs. If you did not believe this was an ultralight may I ask why you mentioned 225 lbs? I also don't believe an MXL II will tip the scales anywhere near 225 lbs. I myself believe it to be at least 75 pounds heavier then what you believe. I also know a 503 is marginal on a two seat MXL for power. The 582 is the power plant of choice do to the power output. This is all MHO.

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    I believe the pilot was saying he weighed 225, not the aircraft.

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