SeaRey

 

Manufactured by:

Northwest Sport Aircraft (NWSA),
16519 - 29th St. Ct. East
Sumner, WA 98390

http://www.chasaero.com/nwsa/index.html

 

Standard Features:

Optional Features:

 

Specifications

Rotax 912 (80hp)

Rotax 914 Turbo (115hp)

 

Solo:

Dual:

Solo:

Dual:

Cruise Speed

85 mph

85mph

100 mph

100 mph

Top Speed

105 mph

105 mph

120 mph

120 mph

Stall Speed

36 mph

40 mph

38 mph

42 mph

VNE

120 mph

120 mph

120 mph

120 mph

Rate of Climb

900 fpm

700 fpm

1200 fpm

900 fpm

Takeoff (Land)

200 feet

400 feet

150 feet

350 feet

Takeoff (Water)

200 feet

400 feet

150 feet

350 feet


Length

22'5"

22'5"

Wing Span

30'10"

30'10"

Height

77"

77"

Wing Area

157 sq. ft

157 sq. ft

Empty Weight

820 lbs

850 lbs

Gross Weight

1370 lbs

1370 lbs

Useful Load

550 lbs

520 lbs

Cabin Width

44"

44"

Horsepower

80

115

 

 

Beauty Follows Function

The SeaRey's style and sleek appearance seems made for the next century. The SeaRey, and single seat StingRey kits, manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne, are developed with the highest quality materials and state of the art technology. Powered by a Rotax pusher configuration, the SeaRey's extraordinary performance and versatility makes it the ultimate fun in flying in the Pacific Northwest.

The SeaRey conforms to the most stringent design and structural standards around the world and is classified as Experimental in the U.S.A. and certified in Australia as a type certificated aircraft.

Flying the SeaRey

The SeaRey's sleek, streamlined appearance is impressive. It is a high wing, pusher configuration, tail dragger. The wings are swept back at the leading edge with a straight trailing edge to form a tapered wing. The engine is mounted on top of the wing.

The cabin is designed with side-by-side seating. Entry into the cabin is easy: slide open the canopy and step over the side into the cockpit. Upon seating yourself, you will find there is plenty of elbow room (44 inches), even for the "big guys". The fabric seats are comfortably cushioned, and you will find the side pockets handy for storing necessary paperwork, maps, small tools and more. The dual flight controls enable flying from either seat, and there is enough space on the instrument panel to accommodate most any instruments you care to install. There is enough storage space (about 13 cubic feet) behind the seat to stow your fishing gear, or a suitcase for overnight trips.

Ground handling is simple and uneventful. The landing gear is rugged and handles even unimproved grass runways with ease. The take off roll on land at gross weight is 250-300 feet, depending on the engine option installed. Lift off takes place at 45-50 m.p.h., and 65-70 m.p.h. is the best rate of climb speed. Rate of climb is 600-800 feet per minute at gross weight, once again depending on the engine choice. Level out and throttle back to cruising r.p.m.'s and the SeaRey settles in at 85 m.p.h. Top speed is 105 m.p.h. with the 65 hp engine.

Control pressures are light and responsive. The SeaRey offers stable handling even in gusty wind conditions. Directional stability is very good, with no tendency to hunt due to the large vertical tail surface. Aileron pressure is light and should be led with a small amount of rudder input. Pitch control of the aircraft is well dampened. Upon release of the control stick, pitch stability is achieved within one oscillation. Due to the Installation of special leading edge extensions on the wings, the stall is quite docile and the aircraft is spin resistant. Upon throttling back and applying 20 degrees of flaps, the aircraft slows to the stall speed of 38-42 m.p.h. The stall is gentle and straightforward and recovery is conventional. Release aft stick pressure and the aircraft begins flying almost immediately with little nose down attitude.

Make sure you raise the landing gear for water operations. Reach forward and squeeze the lever on the retraction handle, which releases the over center lock, and pull the lever to the aft position. Then release the lever, locking the gear in the "up" position.

Best approach speed for a water landing is 60-70 m.p.h. with 10 degrees of flaps and upon reaching short final, 20 degrees of flaps can be initiated to further slow the aircraft's touch down speed on the water. Landing flare begins lower than conventional land-only aircraft. A nice touch down speed is 45-50 m.p.h. This lands the aircraft "on step" and produces very smooth contact with the water.

Slow speed water steering is enhanced with the addition of the water rudder. Water operations with wave size of no more than twelve inches is recommended.

With 20 degrees of flaps you power up for takeoff. The SeaRey will come "on plane" without the need for pilot input to prevent "porpoising". The hull produces a very flat spray pattern preventing water from going through the propeller. You and your passenger will stay dry, even with the canopies open. Accelerate to 45-50 m.p.h. to rotate and lift off. Reduce the flaps to 10 degrees and once again climb at 65-70 m.p.h.

Prepare for ground landing by lowering the landing gear and locking it into place. Use the same approach and landing procedure as with the water landing.

The sliding canopies provide extra cabin comfort. A nice feature of the SeaRey is the ability to fly unaffected with the canopies either opened or closed. In warmer climates the canopies can be opened to enjoy the breeze, and closed in cooler weather to help stay warm. The closed canopies also dampen engine noise inside the cockpit.

 

Details:

The SeaRey Hull is composed of strong, lightweight, Reinforced fiberglass. It comes in three parts - hull, deck, and turtledeck. The fiberglass work has been done for you, so you only have to rivet these pieces together. The fiberglass components are white gel coated, so they don't need to be painted. However, if you prefer, you can custom paint them. An instrument panel is molded into the deck.

The wings are fabricated in the standard tube-and-ladder type construction with a C-cell leading edge. The wing spars are made of strong aircraft grade tubing and the pre-formed wing ribs are riveted to the spars. The slightly drooped fiberglass wing tips enhance overall performance.

The ailerons, flaps, and elevators are controlled by using push-pull and torsional tubes. The mechanical flaps are actuated by a lever located just above the pilot's and passenger's shoulder. The ailerons are counterbalanced. The rudder is cable controlled. Electric trim is standard. Electric flaps are optional.

The wings and all flying surfaces are covered using conventional aircraft coverings and finishes. The polyfiber (Stitts) covering and and finish is the standard covering method.

The landing gear is a mechanical retraction system. All three wheels retract and extend in one motion by pulling a single Johnson-bar type lever located between the knees of the pilot and passenger. The retraction mechanism uses overcenter locks in both up and down positions. An hydraulic gear retraction system is optional.

The 8 inch main wheels and 4 inch steerable tail wheel have pneumatic tires. The tail wheel has a breakaway feature which allows it to caster 360 degrees on hard turns.

The standard brakes are mechanical drum brakes. Hydraulic brakes and larger wheels are optional.

The engine options include the 80 hp Rotax 912, four-cylinder, four cycle engine and the 115 hp Rotax 914 turbo charged four cylinder, four cycle engine.

The engine is mounted on eight kinetic rubber mounts to reduce vibration. The standard propeller is two blade with leading edge protection.

 

SeaRey Price List

Standard SeaRey Kit: $19,900.00
Without Engine.

Engine Options:


Kit Description

The SeaRey is offered as a complete kit including everything you need to finish the airframe, except for the finish color paint. Many engine options are offered to suit personal taste and requirements.

It is not necessary to obtain the engine at the same time as the airframe. You may wish to supply your own (however, the engine and installation must be one approved by Progressive Aerodydyne for the SeaRey), or if you haven't made up your mind which engine you prefer, you can wait to order until construction of your kit is complete.

Plans and mini-kits are not available.

You are provided with aircraft-quality aluminum and steel parts, AN hardware and components, and fabric. All parts necessary to build your SeaRey or StingRey are included, up to the silver-coat paint. You need to provide only the finish color paint, allowing for your personal touch.


Construction and Setup

Construction time is about 350 to 450 hours. For the construction of your SeaRey Kit, you will need only standard tools; no special jigs or machinery are required.

Space needed for construction: a standard two-car garage is adequate for building the subassemblies (wings, tail, and fuselage). Final assembly requires an indorr space 25 feet by 30 feet miinimum, or you can take it outdoors.

For finish color paint on your SeaRey we recommend urethane paints.

Once the aircraft is assembled, the wings can be removed for transporting on a trailer or for storage. This takes two people about 45 minutes for disassembly or reassembly.

The wings do not fold and there is no option for this on the SeaRey.


Registration

The SeaRey, like all certified "Experimental" aircraft, must be registered and have 'N' numbers in the U.S.A. To aquire an 'N' number, obtain the necessary F.A.A. paperwork and complete and return it to them. (We can supply you with the blank forms and instructions.) Upon completing assembly of your aircraft, contact the F.A.A. or a Designated Airworthiness Representative in your area to arrange inspection of your aircraft. After passing the inspection, you will be issued an Airworthiness Certificate and your SeaRey will be legal to fly.


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