Vickers Aircraft Company, Ltd.
Vickers Aircraft has created one of the most distinctive new LSA seaplanes yet to emerge. Powered by the 180-horsepower Titan IO-340CC by Continental Motors, their Wave model is like no other seaplane ever introduced with multiple features to set it apart from the crowd.
In the Light-Sport Aircraft space, one of the most active areas is LSA seaplanes. Pilots are perhaps fascinated with the versatility of seaplanes, with amphibians allowing flight from land or sea (or even snow with precautions). You can add floats to landplanes but those aircraft often look rather awkward where boat-hulled seaplanes appear far more elegant. As FAA allows them an additional 100 pounds (1, 430 pounds or 650 kg compared to 1, 320 pounds or 600 kg for land-only aircraft), LSA seaplanes can have sleek sweeping hulls and the Vickers Aircraft Wave exhibits a very modern look. Wave is brand new but principal designer and company namesake Paul Vickers has many years of experience designing boat hulls. Paired with aeronautical skills and seven years of intensive engineering, he brings much to the table ... and it shows.
As alert readers have seen, one company asked for (and received) additional weight so they could offer all the features customers wanted for their seaplane. Vickers Aircraft has observed this from the beginning and has designed with great care to assure they can make weight even while offering the breathtaking power of the fuel-injected Lycoming IO-360. CEO Paul Vickers wrote, "Driven by an unwavering desire to build the sexiest, safest, and most cost-effective amphibious light sport aircraft in the world, I have spent seven long years, countless hours, and considerable amounts of money turning that desire into a reality. I wanted to build a plane that I would love to fly." A true composite, Wave is built from an aluminum primary structure surrounded with a carbon fiber hull.
If you think Paul might have missed something on his new Wave, consider this list: automatic folding wings; Cross-Over unique landing gear that does not need to be retracted; electric, retractable water thruster for engine-off, on-water maneuvering; Vertical Power's electrical management system; iPad Mini EFB; angle of attack indicator; Dynon Skyview SV-D100 including auto pilot; Custom designed AVEO Conforma lighting; center console joystick; dual aft-sliding doors; windscreen offering 335-degree visibility; inertia reel 4-point seatbelts and Amsafe airbags; BRS emergency airframe parachute; air conditioning; special exterior lighting; cabin heat with climate control fans; stereo intercom; and even arm rests and drink holders. (Note that some listed items are optional.)
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|SPLOG Continental's Titan Engine to Power Vickers Wave,
SPLOG begins: Big power is not just for LSA taildraggers anymore. A few years back, CubCrafters surprised the LSA world with its installation of the most powerful engine in the LSA space. The western U.S. company mounted a Titan engine from ECi making the modest Cub-like
|SPLOG Riding the Wave ... Vickers' Wave, That Is,
SPLOG begins: As I've written a few times, I see a dichotomy in LSA designs. Landplanes appear to have entered a "mature" phase, where changes are incremental, evolutionary rather than revolutionary, if you will. I see nothing wrong with that. To the contrary, it speaks
|SPLOG Clearer Picture(s) of the new Vickers Wave,
SPLOG begins: After a rush of interest owing to earlier reports (see here and here ), the team at Vickers Aircraft went head down and began pushing even harder on their fascinating new amphibious LSA seaplane entry called Wave. As you can see by the photos, they've
|SPLOG Vickers Releases Another Sneak Peak at their Wave,
SPLOG begins: Following our initial unveil of a new amphibian called "Wave" by Vickers Aircraft Company, more details were offered in their programmed slow-motion rollout of a new amphibian LSA candidate. In this update we hear about who will supply the prop and see
|SPLOG "Cool and Sexy" Describes New LSA Amphibian,
SPLOG begins: I've written a number of articles about LSA seaplanes ... about the several we already have in the fleet ( Aventura news ), and about new designs to come ( quick tour of many new LSA and Ultralight seaplanes ). One of new ones is called Wave from Vickers
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