Performance Overview

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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.

17000-feetMy 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
Empty Weight 2769 7230 2365
Useful Load 1181 2911 1235
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
IFR Certified Yes
Primary Panel G-900
Synthetic Vision Yes No
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

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