At big airshows with thousands present, it’s easy to miss one sharp airplane. When I completely missed Sun ‘n Fun 2006, I also lost my second chance to examine the Colyaer Freedom amphib. But the airshow judges were on the job. Colyaer’s amphibious Freedom won Best Composite Seaplane. The same model also won a take-off award. “We were averaging 6 to 8 seconds, even with two people,” said Colyaer’s U.S. importer, Don Langford. *** The Colyaer designs boast some strong performance numbers. In particular, glide is reported at 20:1 and sink rate at 300 fpm. These reach up into sailplane figures but 40.6 feet of span and wing area of 130 square feet surely help…a land version claims 23:1 and only a 240 fpm sink rate! Freedom is built entirely from composite materials (carbon, kevlar, and fiberglass) except for a few metal parts. Colyaer hails from Spain.