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"If you want to be able to convert to amphibious operations, do you build the aircraft as tailwheel or tricycle gear?"
Tailwheel -- Installing floats on a tailwheel aircraft is much easier than doing so on a tricycle gear. With a taildragger, the main gear can be left in place, and used as the forward supports for the floats. With tricycle gear, the main gear must either be removed or relocated. Once floats have been installed initially, they can be removed and/or reinstalled in just a few hours (straight floats, that is -- retractable wheels complicate the situation significantly). Transitioning from straight float back to tailwheel configuration is simple and easy, once the floats have been installed initially. It's primarily a matter of unbolting them, and then reinstalling the wheels on the main gear.
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