Progressive Aerodyne is one of the original suppliers of light, sporting aircraft, dating back 15 years, well before the emergence of this newest segment of aviation. That gives this Florida-based company experience not only in the production of light aircraft but with American consumers. Most other seaplanes in this sector are imported and while they may be fine flying machines, none can match the all-American nature of Progressive Aerodyne's SeaRey LSX and SeaRey Sport. The LSX is the ELSA kit version and the Sport is the new fully-built SLSA model.
The company success in the market is notable, with almost 500 units flying, but numbers alone don't communicate the passion of this brand and its principle model. SeaRey pilots compose one of the tightest communities imaginable. Those who've built their own kit are unusually willing to help one another. And after completion, they enjoy flying together and socializing together in a way other brands can only hope to foster. Ask a SeaRey pilot yourself and you'll quickly get the message; it's almost a religion.
Being part of the SeaRey group is great (and rare) but the reasons for the passion of its many owners are the flying qualities and well-proven nature of this veteran design which has evolved steadily from its two-stroke engine days to the modern version powered by the four-stroke Rotax 912S. Whether you love flying to a neighboring lake to visit friends or you care to venture out a few states, SeaRey LSX will get you to your destination in style.
Adam Yang, the CEO of Progressive Aerodyne, resigned from the CEO position on May 18, 2017 and is handing the position to his successor, Geoff Nicholson.
Could Light-Sport Aircraft, light kit aircraft, and even ultralights benefit from in-flight adjustable propellers?
Most pilots never probably have witnessed the testing a wing endures before designers and regulators will sign off on it, signaling that it has been adequately stressed so that pilots can depend on it.
Video review: Progressive Aerodyne — SeaRey SLSA (2013)
We’ve known the SeaRey for more than 20 years (the design began in 1991) but now it is available as a fully manufactured SLSA.
Video review: SportairUSA — Broad line of LSA
We spoke with SportairUSA founder, Bill Canino, who represents a broad and varied line of Light-Sport Aircraft… all of which just happen to begin with the letter “S.” We wanted to inform you about all these quality airplanes but we also wanted to ask Bill about all SportUSA’s activities including their Arkansas FBO and a flock of interesting accessories items, some of which are available for other brands.
Video review: Progressive Aerodyne — SeaRey
SeaRey from Progressive Aerodyne is an all-American amphibian in the Light-Sport Aircraft segment.
Among the critiques some old school pilots employ when trying to marginalize Light-Sport Aircraft is that these aircraft are not suited to flying long distances.
Updated 8/21/15 — This article has been updated with a reader comment seen at the bottom.
Icon recently won FAA acceptance as the California company demonstrated meeting ASTM standards for their A5 seaplane and made a big show out of delivering the first airplane to EAA Young Eagles … the same move, by the way, as Cessna did with their Skycatcher.
The “Big Show” is just days away, so of course, journalists and readers are asking what will be present?
While some beautiful looking LSA seaplanes have captured lots of attention — here I am thinking of Icon’s vigorously promoted A5, the unusually capable MVP, the highly innovative Wave, and Finland’s ATOL … all of which have some fascinating features — all but one of these share one feature: you can’t get one yet.
Wait! “…Exports?” I realize that might look like a typo. Did I intend to write LSA imports?
At the big show EAA likes to call the Summer Celebration of Flight, we rove the grounds seeking new airplanes, new engines or propulsion systems, new panel gear, updated models and more.
It’s summertime and the flying is easy … especially when it’s on the water.
The list of aviation companies involved in one way or another with China is getting so long I won’t try to show them all here.
Less than two weeks from now, the season of recreational flying is officially set in motion with the opening of Sun ‘n Fun … the 40th year of the nation’s first major airshow.
People are starting to arrive in Florida. Today, we had a pleasant lunch conversation with Dynon’s president Robert Hamilton.
One of the several reasons I like living in Florida (besides no snow this time of year) is the close proximity of all kinds of aviation businesses.
Consider this an entry to the “They-said-it-couldn’t-be-done” department. As regular readers know, FAA has been conducting audits with LSA producers… tough, top-to-bottom reviews of every detail in the voluminous ASTM standard set.
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.
Life is good if you like LSA seaplanes. I’ll review five LSA seaplanes, either on the market or in development.
Seaplane fans represent one of aviation’s most enthusiastic user groups and few brands can claim more reliable loyalty than 600 owners give SeaRey.
Splog: Hot Off The Water
To the answer “Progressive Aerodyne!” comes the Jeopardy question, “What LSA company thumbs its nose at the bad economy?” *** Certainly one of the most-fun LSA flights I’ve had in some time came at the controls of that company’s SeaRey amphibian.My LSA pal Dan Johnson recently wrote up a piece on the amphib which spurred me to excerpt some highlights in advance of my own flight report on the lively sea bird coming soon in Plane & Pilot magazine.
Progressive Aerodyne and their popular SeaRey amphibian represent a current-day success sufficient to generate envy in most airframe sellers.
Here’s a glancing blow at some products you might want to check out in depth: *** A cute new LSA named Viper SD-4 showed up, beautifully built (in Slovenia) and should be very attractive to anyone who likes the conventional approach of an all-metal airframe done in the traditional way — with a modern technological boost.
It’s a first… the acceptance of Sport Pilots into another country.
Recently, I blogged about a Tennessee town that welcomed Skykits from Canada, providing a brand-new facility for them to use.
Pilot report: New SeaRey: Popular Amphib Goes LSA
Let’s be honest. We’re into flying because we enjoy the experience,
Pilot report: SeaRey… American-Made Amphibian
SeaRey Sets a New Standard for Floatplanes
Many pilots who have flown in water-borne aircraft believe this is the
finest and most enjoyable flying one can do.
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.
We sit on the edge of hitting triple digits of Special Light-Sport Aircraft.
Seaplane enthusiasts comprise a niche of American aviation but are some of the most passionate of all powered aircraft pilots.