First Five Cleared For Assembly
The Seawind 300C design nears VFR Type Certificate from
Transport Canada and the FAA, needing only to complete a few tests
in the spin matrix.
Attempted spins, that is... because the test pilot has been
unable to get more than an entry into a spiral from the worst case
scenario, according to company president Richard Silva
The unique design sports a tail-mounted piston engine,
placing the motor's mass near the airplane’s center of
gravity to minimize the spinning tendency. Following receipt of a
VFR type certificate, Seawind plans to continue its pursuit of IFR,
autopilot, and FADEC approval.
Transport Canada granted Seawind permission to produce the first
five production-spec aircraft in March. Assembly of number four has
For $336,900, you can wallow in a spacious cabin that can wallow
in a lake, but also cruises at 166 knots. The design boasts cabin
width of 52" in front and 54" in back. A recent change lowered the
floor two inches, to give 41" headroom in the back.
The current design sports the 310 hp Continental IO550-N and
McCauley 3-blade propeller.
In a Monday conference at AirVenture 2007, Silva (shown below,
right, with Sales Director Dave Arnold) waxed philosophically about
"Everything is taking longer than planned... we schedule for
three months but it takes five." After submitting the final report,
"the agency gets sixty days to respond, but it will take
For all this, he takes comfort in the dearth of competition in
the niche of 4/5 seat amphibians. The demise of Lake Aircraft
leaves Seawind alone in the amphibian market niche.
Silva plans a production rate of 200 per year at the end of two
years. "We have 90 orders. We expect more interest when we
get the type certificate. Our mailing list has 3000 names."