Three in one: an amphibious aircraft capable of landing on snow, water and ground.
The French company Lisa Airplanes announced the resumption of work on the project of an amphibious aircraft class LSA Akoya this summer, which was suspended due to financial problems. In April, the company completed the bankruptcy proceedings (as part of a bankruptcy procedure) necessary to raise funds, and restructured it.
About Akoya Airplane:
The two-seat airplane, made entirely of composite materials, is designed in accordance with ASTM F37 international standards and will be EASA certified according to CS-VLA standards. The company noted an increased interest in the sun from the American customers. The aircraft meets the requirements of the category LSA and will be offered to fans of extreme sports and travel as a means of transportation over long distances.
The uniqueness of Akoya lies in the folding wings and retractable landing gear with skis attached to them, as well as in the "hydrofoil" for landing on the water. For take-off, the plane needs only 100–200 m of free space of water, land or snow, which allows the owners of the plane to travel to greater comfort in more places, adhering to their own plans for movement. All exterior panels and interior of the aircraft are made by hand, and a large flashlight will provide excellent visibility (360 degrees).
The rotax 912 ULS FR 100-strong piston is used as a power plant, with which the maximum speed of the amphibious flight can reach 300 km / h, and the range with an additional fuel tank (110 l) is almost 1900 km. With two people on board, the plane can fly 1,100 km with a fuel supply of only 70 liters on board. (The average consumption of the aircraft - 6.5 l / 100km).
The first flight of Akoya made in August 2007, and after two years of testing the prototype was completed. In the autumn of 2011, the project became known to the whole world, and last year after the first flight with a passenger on board, the company began to take deposits. The amphibious aircraft was offered for € 300,000 ($ 400,000) in a package with 3-year after-sales service. But, the company has not moved to the stage of commercial production. Certification of the model, scheduled for the middle of this year, was also suspended. In the future, the manufacturer intends to create a hybrid version with solar panels mounted on the upper edge of the wings.