• WING DESIGN

    • All composite three spar fail-safe design
    • Dry wing (no fuel)
    • High lift devices (electrically driven trailing edge flaps)
    • Aileron with electrical trimming

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    SPONSONS

    • Excellent water handling (taxi, take-off and landing)
    • Houses both fuel and main landing gear
    • Act as working and docking platform
    • Low centre of gravity

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    ALL-COMPOSITE AIRFRAME

    • Corrosion-free
    • Fully watertight hull. No rivets!
    • No maintenance required because of “On Condition” concept
    • High damage tolerance properties

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    RETRACTABLE TRICYLE LANDING GEAR

    • Corrosion resistant, including brakes and rims
    • Nose wheel steering for optimized control
    • Wide-track for smooth landing

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    TANDEM ENGINE CONFIGURATION

    • No asymmetric thrust in case of engine failure
    • Minimizes ingestion of foreign object damage
    • State of the art 5-blade propeller

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    BOAT-SHAPED FUSELAGE

    • Performs like a power boat on water
    • Waves up to 2 feet high but not limiting
    • Much safer water take-offs and water landings especially in cross-winds

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All-composite airframe

The Seastar’s airframe is made from all-composite material, making it corrosion free in saltwater environments and far superior to aircraft made from aluminium. Its intelligent and integrated structure is designed for long structural life and high damage tolerance, reducing maintenance cost and downtime. The unique construction of the composite airframe prevents any leakage caused by rivets and bolts as commonly experienced by metal airframes.

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Boat-Shaped Fuselage

Unlike competitors with floats, the Seastar is a purpose-built flying boat. Its V-Keel shaped fuselage offers similar handling to a powerboat and allows take-off and landing in sea states with up to two-foot waves (demonstrated but not limited to). Not only does this greatly improve versatility, but also substantially enhances safety and comfort. In flight, the integrated-hull design reduces drag force, provides greater fuel efficiency. This increases payload and range.

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Sponsons

The sponsons are attached to the centre fuselage section. This is an optimized design resulting in smooth water landings and short take-off runs. The sponsons houses the fuel and the main landing gear, keeping the centre of gravity at the lowest point. In addition they act as a working platform.

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Tandem Engine Configuration

The Seastar is equipped with two powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A turboprop engines, providing a total of 1,300 horsepower (flat-rated). Its in-line push-pull engine configuration eliminates asymmetric thrust in the event of an engine failure allowing it to continue the flight as normal. Moreover, the unique, over-wing placement minimizes the possibility of foreign object damage (FOD) and water ingestion into the engine intakes and towards propellers. The 5-blade propeller reduces vibrations and lowers cabin noise and external noise level.

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Retractable wide-track landing gear

A true amphibian, the Seastar is at home on land as well as on water. Its wide-track landing gear ensures smooth landings on runways. The aircraft comes with a hydraulically controlled nose wheel steering system.

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Wing design

The wing is designed for slow approaches and a stall speed of 65 KCAS while still offering a maximum cruise speed of 180 KTAS. The specially designed wingtips facilitate tight turns on water and provide hydrodynamic lift support in case of contact with the water surface.

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