MILESTONES!

-    Our two first BUILDING PERMITS have been released by EAA to our so far northernmost builders, Per Jonasson in Umeå and Erik Andersson in Viksjö!

-    Looks like all five kits in the first batch are sold and all also in a quite concentrated area of Sweden, from Umeå in the north to Sundsvall in the south!

-    Our five-axis milling machine is finally running the way it should!

We fly most of the time during our process of honing the D-Motor installation. Today it’s mainly to press the starter button but it’s amazing how many small details that all work fine but still can get improved! The weather around us is getting colder thus emphasizing the need for a good cabin heating. We installed a separate cooling fluid driven cabin heater that seems to work nice but needs some longer flights before we know for sure.

The prototype has now been flown for almost nine years and been up to more abuse than we think any production unit will ever receive.

Our new CS propeller mainly made from carbon fibers has gone from static bench testing to semi realistic with our Jabiru 2200 engine and is now installed on our Seagull prototype. After a few hours of ground run we are ready for a flight which we’ll do as soon as we get the permit to fly! All tests so far has turned out very promising.

I never thought of that before but Sweden really has its merits for flight testing small aircraft! During a warm summer day we can reach the combination of hot air and sunshine common to countries with warmer climates. But we are also subject, wether we want it or not, to cold weather with snow and very low temperatures! Then, if you are thinking of exporting to countries like Canada in the north or Australia in the south, you should certainly benefit from having the airplane working all right through all seasons in Sweden!

It’s easy to keep the enthusiasm since the Seagull prototype really is nice with excellent performance. The modifications to the production model are improvements and will not jeopardize the prototype qualities! The low number of mods is also a sign of our combined very long small plane experience. There has also been reality testing this summer that furthermore emphasized the advantages with tandem seating and a canopy hinged in the back. The water capability opens up for a tremendous increase in operating options but most of those are not prepared for seaplanes. When landed on the water at your friend’s summer house you really appreciate the ability to paddle on both sides and step over the nose onto bridges or beaches without getting wet.

The total production plane drag formula is also interesting because it indicates lower drag compared to the prototype despite a slightly larger wing! We do not however have expectations on that but it’s thrilling!

A day by the end of October when we were flying some film and pictures were shot, mainly because the weather was okay and some of it is on the web page, so please take a look!

As we now have a start, a new batch of five is already in the planning and opens up for more customers to come on board!

Thanks for your interest,
Lage