Season-opening Sun ‘n Fun is crackling with excitement, enough so to make SPLOG posting a late-night effort. What a pleasure it is to be here, compared to my miss last year; thanks to many who welcomed me back! I’ve been working with Sun ‘n Fun boss John Burton regarding Light-Sport Aircraft and ultralights. John and his team provided a terrific location where LAMA and LSA Marketing Group erected a big tent, thanks to several industry sponsors*. Shiny new LSA greet everyone arriving through the main gate; airplanes are changed almost daily. I estimate 75-80% of all people attending Sun ‘n Fun view the LSA display. In addition to promoting their own products, all companies participating in the location are helping attendees find the LSA or ultralight company they wish to visit — a key reason Sun ‘n Fun offered the entrance area space. (* Sponsors include Sky Arrow USA, Sport Aircraft Works, FK Lightplanes, Jabiru USA, Fantasy Air USA, LSA America, Evektor America, BRS parachutes, Chuck Parsons, Larry Burke, and Doug Hempstead.)
Seamax Aircraft (formerly AirMax) SeaMax
Phone: (260) 460-7587São João da Boa Vista, São Paulo CEP: 13.870-000 - Brazil
U.S. Distributor is SeaMax Aircraft (USA)
Phone: 386-281-6742Daytona Beach, FL 32114 - USA
My wife, Randee, and I are finding lots of good reasons to winter in Florida (while our home state of Minnesota gets buried in snow). Here’s three of those good reasons: SeaMax, Mermaid, and Drifter on Lotus floats. Float flying in winter is different…and fun! *** I have now flown the SeaMax three times. Yesterday we did three water and three land touchdowns. What a hot little flying boat. (Earlier SeaMax SPLOG) I use the word “little” literally…the amphib high wing LSA barely comes up to my chest and gross weight is only 1,144 pounds; LSA floatplanes can weigh 1,430 pounds. At this weight SeaMax performs brilliantly with the 100-hp Rotax 912S; 4800 rpm produces more than 100 mph. SeaMax has not yet finished its work to achieve SLSA status. But since this is the designer’s 22nd creation and as over 45 SeaMax aircraft have been sold into Europe and elsewhere, the task is not difficult, just time consuming.
My old friend Malcolm Jones* and Carlos Bessa will unveil a lovely amphibian LSA called SeaMax at the Sebring LSA Expo starting tomorrow. SeaMax by Brazilian producer AirMax intends to achieve Special Light-Sport Aircraft status but it has been cutting through waves in other countries for several years. SeaMax is a lighter amphibian, with gross weight at 1,144 pounds (a max of 1,430 is allowed). At 660 pounds empty, the composite seaplane yields a 484 pound useful load and can carry up to 25 gallons of fuel. SeaMax can lift off the water in only 325 feet. Electrically operated landing gear can be lowered into the water for taxiing onto a beach. SeaMax has a broad 46-inch wide cockpit and lots of attention to detail has been paid to the speedboat-like interior finish. * Malcolm operates a favorite hang gliding airpark called Wallaby Ranch just eight miles south of Disney Florida.