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. There is enough space on the
instrument panel to accommodate most any instruments you care to
install. There is storage space (about 13 cubic feet) behind the
seat to stow your fishing gear, or soft luggage 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 350-400 feet, depending on the engine option installed. Lift off
takes place at 45-55 mph, and 65-70 mph 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 rpm's and the SeaRey settles in at 85-95 mph. Top
speed is 120 mph.
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 38-43 mph. 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 to release the down lock and
squeeze the lever on the retraction handle, which releases the over
center lock. Pull the lever to the aft position. Then release the
lever, locking the gear in the "up" position. Finally, engage the
over-center down lock.
Best approach speed for a water
landing is 60-70 mph with 10 degrees of flaps. 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
45-55 mph. 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 large air rudder. Water operation
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 mph to rotate and lift off. Once
again climb at 65-70 mph, for obstacle clearance then reduce the
flaps to 10 degrees.
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.
rate of climb
landing distance, ground roll
limiting and recommended speeds
design manoeuvring speed (Va)
never exceed speed (Vne)
stall, power off (Vsl)
landing approach speed
All specifications are based on manufacturer's