Columbia Float Plane Lift System for Seaplane Maintenance

Columbia Float Plane Lift System for Seaplane Maintenance

Application: Float Plane Lift System
Customer:  International Marine Flotation Systems (IMFS)
Location:  Delta, BC Canada
Hoist Model: Columbia HL9000-2A17-L-02
Special features: Custom controls
Line pull: 9,000 pounds
Line speed: 10 feet per minute
Power source: 230 VAC / Single Phase / 60 Hz

Why APPI: From the air, it looks like a floating square – at least until two sections drop into the water and it becomes a floating “H”.  As designed by IMFS, the pieces that drop into the water are ramps measuring 32 feet by 20 feet that can each lift a seaplane weighing up to 10,000 pounds for maintenance, dewatering its floats, or loading.  Providing the lift for each ramp are a pair of our Columbia HL9000 AC electric hoists that are anchored in water tight boxes below the deck level of the float.  This design keeps the 5/8” wire ropes that are carrying the load clear of personnel, equipment and the aircraft.

Each float plane lift hoist is powered by a CSA-rated 3 HP brake motor and controlled with either local controls at the CUL-listed control enclosure or with a radio remote control.  A selector switch allows for individual or simultaneous operation of each pair of hoists.

Please contact us if you would like more information about this particular float plane lift system or any of our other products and services.


Allied Power Products, Inc. has specialized in providing winches, hoists, capstans and cranes to meet our customers’ specific application requirements for more than 30 years.

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