Turbine Seawind History

Steve Wightman circa 2009

Steve Wightman circa 2009 working on the instrument panel

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History: I started building my Seawind from a skeleton “Quick Kit” in 2000 in a garage in NH. Late in 2005, I moved it to FL. There I added a 550 HP PT6A-20, MT 5-blade composite propeller and an all glass dual avionics suite with a G900X SV. 15,000 man hours later, I flew it first time in 2012. After flying off the required test hours in FL landing in lakes and on land too, Jack Ardyno, CFII and I then flew N71RJ IFR 1,200 statute miles at up to 219 MPH TAS and 19,000′ to KBED, its home, near Boston, MA. It flew flawlessly. 2014: With Go Pro camera monitors installed, Jay Drury, CFII and I flew 1RJ round trip to KOSH at up to FL 170 – once again with O2 masks. I learned that it is a superb long distance flyer; +1000 miles with reserve. It now has less than 100 hours total flight time and lots of safety improvements to boot. Designed for superb capabilities of speed, distance and altitudes, I predict it will break 4 world aviation records in 2016. This Jet-Prop Super Seawind is a great topic for magazine articles. I’m still waiting for Mr. James Bond to claim it as his own! I think he’d like the view from the top of the world. Don’t you?

Below: The late Jack Ardyno making linkage adjustments on the PT6 in Saraota, FL, Feb. 2012.

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Steve measures for fuel lines.

Steve measures for fuel lines, circa 2010

 

Steve tests and Preps instrument panel for installation.

Steve tests and Preps instrument panel for installation.

Leo Pesche and Steve consult on operations.

Leo Pesche and Steve consult on operations.

 

 

Super Seawind Engine Mount Mocup

My Engine Mounted with a special custom mount.

N71RJ’s conception was to be a safe and capable amphibious airplane. Although it’s the first, I hope its design and capabilities won’t be the last.

Leon Pesche and Steve install new Matco brakes.

Leon Pesche and Steve install new Matco brakes.

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