After years of delays, the Seawind has been granted approval by Transport Canada to manufacture the first five customer aircraft, as well as two flight test articles.
Flight testing for VFR certification of the amphibian is nearing completion, according to Richard Silva, president. Following VFR certification, the Seawind is scheduled to continue with IFR certification and autopilot and FADEC engine approval, he added.
The Seawind’s order book tops 90, according to Dave Arnold, director of sales.
The Seawind, which is being certified by both Transport Canada and the FAA at the same time, is powered by a 300-hp Lycoming engine. The four-place amphibian promises a top speed at 100% power of 174 kts (200 mph), with a cruise speed at 75% power of 165 kts. Available options include a Garmin glass panel and an inboard/outboard motor.