The new Searey Elite light sport amphibious aircraft has received its airworthiness certification from the American aviation authority, the FAA. The first two aircraft will be delivered this month.
The Searey Elite, designed and manufactured by Florida-based Progressive Aerodyne, is equipped with a Rotax 914 turbocharged engine and is equally at home on the ground, in the air, or on the water. The aircraft has a large sliding canopy that can remain open while flying, GPS, Angle of Attack and Gear Position warning systems, a wide cabin, and much more.
Airworthiness certification for the Searey Elite was issued in December 2013, and the first two airplanes will take private ownership in January 2014 at a ceremony to be held at Progressive Aerodyne's manufacturing facility in Tavares, Florida. The Searey Elite will also be on display at the Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo, being held from 16-19 January 2014.
Adam Yang, CEO of Progressive Aerodyne, said, "We are so pleased and excited about being able to offer our Searey Light Sport Amphibious Elite to the market. We believe that our airplane fulfills a much anticipated desire for those customers who want to experience the fun and adventure of flight, both in the air and on water, with ease."
Searey Amphibious Light Sport Airplanes are manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne, Inc., located in Tavares, Florida. The company first began as a family business in 1992 manufacturing Searey kit airplanes. In November 1992, the first Searey airplane was flown and Progressive Aerodyne was incorporated in the same year. Progressive Aerodyne is currently in full production of two configurations of Searey amphibious airplanes, the Searey Light Sport and the Searey Light Sport Elite. In addition, the company continues to manufacture Searey Kit Airplanes. LINKSSeareySebring US Sport Aviation Expo FAST FACTS
Searey Elite LSA
Top speed 113 mph
Cruise speed 93 mph
Stall speed 36 mph
Vne 120 mph
Rate of climb 1,050 ft/min
Takeoff (land) 175 feet
Takeoff (water) 175 feet
Empty weight 920 lb
Gross weight 1,430 lb
Useful load 500 lb
Wingspan 30 ft 10 in
Fuel capacity 18 US gallons (optional 26 gal)
Engine 100 hp Rotax 912
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