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.