LISA AKOYA AMPHIB DEMOS AT OSHKOSH
24 Jul 2012
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The long-awaited LISA Akoya amphibious aircraft has made its US debut at the EAA AirVenture.
The Akoya can land and takeoff from water, land or snow. It has retractable wheels and skis which fit flush into the boat-like hull.
It is an all-composite aircraft with an incredibly sleek finish and two shark-like fins underneath which provide stability in the water. The foreward-facing 100hp Rotax engine is mounted on the fin and tailplane assembly, where it is clear of the water. The wings fold for easy storage or transport, and the front hinged canopy is electrically operated.
Manufacturer LISA Airplanes says the aircraft needs 650 feet to takeoff and land. It has a stall speed of 45kt, range of 670nm although this can be extended to 1080nm with an optional 29-gallon fuel tank. A hybrid version with solar cells on the wings and horizontal stab is also in the pipeline.
While the Akoya looks like a rival for the ICON A5, also a Light Sport Aircraft amphibian, there's a big difference in price. The Akoya's price is a whopping $390,000. This includes complete pilot training for the AKOYA, a three-year warranty, and three years of maintenance.LINKLISA Airplanes
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