The floats are attached to the landing gear skids and are activated through a lever on the collective. Once deployed, the floats inflate in 2 to 3 seconds, Robinson says. With the floats inflated, the Vne is reduced to 80 KIAS. Vne with the floats stowed is 130 KIAS, down from 140 KIAS in the standard version. The floats are stowed along the landing gear skids inside streamlined protective covers to minimize drag.