Rajay wrote:How big is the "market" likely to be? I would have thought that retrofitting an existing float plane with new floats and throwing away or selling off the old floats would be more work or trouble than most people would want to do. Don't people go to extraordinary lengths to "get by" with what they have and just repair them as necessary?
By the same token, converting an aircraft that has never been on floats before would seem to be a very small percentage of the potential market too. What does that leave - trying to become the OEM provider of floats for new build aircraft intended for use as a float plane?
Just wonderin' out loud, here...
As Steve McCaughey noted in his speech during the Minnesota SPA Safety Meeting
, Dollars flowing into the Seaplane Industry from the INTERNATIONAL market have well exceeded the money generated in the U.S.
Companies are well advised to continue investing into the future development of their products, as not everyone has reached the level of self-destructive ignorance we have reached in the U.S. The number of active seaplane pilots in the U.S. is dwindling for very specific and well known reasons and not only do we have the solutions to this problem, we actually actively refuse to acknowledge our shortfalls and failures.
Heck yes, go into composite floats, heck yes, invest in new ways to keep things going. They will sell.
They won't sell on Facebook, Twitter and definitely not through print advertising in the U.S. or elsewhere, but they will sell.