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Building and flying the world’s fastest single-engine amphibious airplane is fun and challenging.17000 feet Join with me on this thrilling journey to lofty levels of aviation today.
My Super Seawind build project began with a kit I purchased and later received in October, 2000. Twelve years later, in June 2012, I finished the local flying requirements and flew it 1,250 miles home with the late test pilot Jack Ardyno. Since then, my airplane has undergone two annual inspections and scores of repairs and improvements to enhance safety and performance. In July, 2014 the airplane made a round trip to Oshkosh, KOSH, for AirVenture by the Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA annual fly-in. With tens of thousands in attendance, it is the world’s largest aviation event.
My super Seawind is powered by a PT6A-20, 550 horsepower turbine (jet) engine. It includes a G900 and Grand Rapids HX flat panels delivering position, flight instrumentation, weather, and engine monitoring. My airplane also has a Tru-Trak two-axis autopilot and an SL30 Nav/Comm radio for a total of four communication and navigation radios to compliment the three GPS navigation systems.
In the video section you can see a flight to Maine the second time I broke the world speed record for a single-engine amphibious airplane where I achieved 182 knots (209 MPH) exceeding the existing record by 27 MPH.
My airplane is designed and built to break several world records such as altitude, range, and climb rate (over 2500 FPM).
|N71RJ||Dornier Seastar||Cirrus SR22-G5-GTS|
|Engine||PT6A-20, 550 HP||PT6A-35A, 650 HP||IO 550N, 310 HP|
|Number of engines||1||2||1|
|Length in feet||27.2||41.5||26 Feet|
|Height in feet||10.2||15.75||8.9 feet|
|Wingspan in feet||35||58.2||38.4|
|Wing area in Sq. Feet||160||329||144.9|
|Wing aspect ration||10:1|
|Height in feet||10.2|
|Crew controls and seating||2||2||2|
|Passenger seats; maximum||3||12||3|
|Cabin width in inches; Front/Rear||52/54||64||49|
|Cabin Height in inches||54||50|
|Cabin length in inches||105||157|
|Cabin volume in cubic feet||348|
|Baggage capacity in LBS/cubic feet||200/11||397|
|ROC VY and VX in Knots, MTOW||86/65|
|Max Sea Level Rate of Climb in FPM 3200 GW||3000||1300||1270|
|Max Take Off Weigth in pounds||3950||10,141||3600|
|Fuel||Jet A||Jet A||AV Gas|
|Max Usable Fuel; STD/LR mid tank/ LBS||108/142/968||458||81|
|Endurance in hours at efficient Power Setting and 1 Hr Reserve||4/6||4.3|
|Max Landing Wts; Land/Water||3950/3400||9,920/10,141|
|Payload With Max Fuel, LBS; Std/Mid LR tank||446/213||749|
|Weights with full fuel in wing/center tanks||3504/3737|
|Wing Loading Per Sq Foot||20.81||24.8|
|Power Loading Per Horsepower||10.97||11.6|
|High Speed Cruise TAS/FL||222/200||180||180|
|Take off Distance over 50 Ft; Land/Water-Max Power, MTOW||1175/1450||1850/2500||1756|
|Take off Distance over 50 Ft; Land/Water-Max Power, 91% MTOW||800/1000|
|Take off Distance over 50 Ft; Land/Water-Max Power, 81% MTOW||610/820|
|Landing Roll ISA; 50 Ft L/W||1300/1150||2250/2840||1178|
|Knots Stall Speed, 0/40 Degree Flaps Landing Config||63/45||69||60|
|Glide ratio, propeller feathered automatically||10.9/1|
|Max operating Altitude in feet||24,000||15,000||17,500|
|GPS Systems, number of||3|
|Number of Avionics systems||3||2|
|Engine Fire Supression System, Automatic||Yes||No||No|
|Oxygen, Two Place to FL 240||Yes||No||No|
|Propeller blade number||5||3|
|Water freeboard in inches||13|
|Recent published sale price||6.2 M||$605,900|