In addition to being a hot performer, SeaMax is loaded with features, such as: a folding wing system; glass cockpit, a beautifully optical canopy; electric landing gear; full dual controls; Frise-style ailerons; Kevlar/composite airframe; whole-airframe ballistic parachute; external view cameras; parking brake; cabin heat; fully retractable landing gear; and more.
SeaMax is a highly capable... it is faster than most LSA seaplanes, reaching 130 mph and cruising at 115 mph yet stalling at a slow 42 mph. It has excellent range at 610 miles. Both attributes are partly achieved by keeping weight down; while most LSA seaplanes are 1,430 pounds or even higher, SeaMax is only 1,320 pounds yet it still manages a 600 pound useful load.
After more than 20 designs, talented developer Miguel Rosario shows his experience in SeaMax. "Spare no detail" appears to be Rosario's philosophy and he executes a deluxe aircraft that is remarkable light in weight, an uncommon achievement. Though the exterior appears small the cockpit is roomy enough for two larger occupants.
To truly appreciate this Brazilian beauty, you should thoughtfully examine its interior. Finished like a speed boat (except with lightweight components), SeaMax is a joy to behold. A clean, accented treatment blends nicely with controls and instrumentation within easy view and reach. An overhead switch panel is easily accessible to either occupant without blocking the great view. Throughout the SeaMax cockpit, attention to detail is superb.
Most amphibians introduce two challenges that SeaMax solves. General aviation amphibious floatplane aircraft are very expensive, with the float system alone often costing more than the entire ready-to-fly SeaMax. And amphibs also tend to be quite heavy, where SeaMax easily fits within the definition and meets the spirit of a Light-Sport Aircraft. These facts mean more pilots can afford an amphibious aircraft.
Phone: (260) 460-7587
Address: Aeroporto de São João da Boa Vista - ICAO SDJV / PUBLIC
São João da Boa Vista, São Paulo CEP: 13.870-000
SeaMax from Brazil has been somewhat absent in recent years.
Video review: AirMax — SeaMax (2012)
We’ve seen SeaMax before from Brazilian designer Miguel Rosario. The lovely little amphibious seaplane is the only one presently (early 2012) that can boast full Special Light-Sport Aircraft approval.
Video review: AirMax — SeaMax
SeaMax is a Brazilian design that has sold well in Europe.
What’s going on out in the marketplace? More than any time since the launch of Light-Sport Aircraft in 2004, I have not observed such a frenzy of activity for a particular niche, this time for LSA seaplanes.
I have several targets on my radar for follow-up at the big show that starts July 23rd.
Landing on water with your wheels down is a confirmed aviation no-no.
One of the oft-repeated questions about this new thing called Light-Sport Aircraft is: “When will the shakeout occur?
After a tough winter in most parts of the USA, spring evidently arrived early with 80-degree temperatures as far north as Minnesota… all before Sun ‘n Fun.
Winter will soon yield to spring and summer, that time of year when flying from water becomes the delight of many pilots who have sampled this pleasure.
Pilot report: AirMax SeaMax, Elegant Engineering
Let’s consider light amphibious aircraft – the boathull variety, not floatplanes
– but including both freshly designed, fully built light sport aircraft
along with kit aircraft born of the ultralight heritage.
The “night before Christmas” was special as we logged what may be the final approval of 2007.
Season-opening Sun ‘n Fun is crackling with excitement, enough so to make SPLOG posting a late-night effort.
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).
My old friend Malcolm Jones* and Carlos Bessa will unveil a lovely amphibian LSA called SeaMax at the Sebring LSA Expo starting tomorrow.