SPORT FLy­Ing: On ThE hORIzOn

Yachts International - - Sternlines - Lisa-air­planes.com vick­er­sair­craft.com Lisa Air­planes, MVP Aero, mvp.aero Vick­ers Air­craft Com­pany, Ltd.,

When com­pil­ing the mod­els we show­case in this story, we em­ployed some ad­mit­tedly ar­bi­trary se­lec­tion cri­te­ria. To wit, the air­craft must be cer­ti­fied un­der LSA or SLSA reg­u­la­tions (not ex­per­i­men­tal); ca­pa­ble of tak­ing off and land­ing on the wa­ter with two per­sons; ca­pa­ble of be­ing launched and re­trieved with a con­ven­tional crane or davit that could also launch and re­trieve the yacht’s ten­der; de­signed with the salt­wa­ter en­vi­ron­ment in mind; and have fold­ing wings so as to elim­i­nate the prob­lems associated with fixed wings that might hin­der dock­ing. here’s what we found on the draw­ing board (in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der): Vanessa Troil­lard, mar­ket­ing man­ager for Lisa Air­craft, says the Akoya is “tai­lor-made and matched with ser­vices, equip­ment and ac­ces­sories adapted to our clients’ tastes, de­sires and uses, in­clud­ing op­tions such as an elec­tric ac­tu­a­tion of the fold­ing wings.”

Akoya is semi-cus­tom and of­fers three de­sign themes with a va­ri­ety of in­te­rior op­tions. The air­craft is de­signed to op­er­ate on land, wa­ter and snow, thanks to a pair of “Seafoils” that are in­cor­po­rated into the hull and skis that are in­te­grated into the land­ing gear. Steve Pugh, CEO of MVP Aero, says the com­pany ex­pects to be­gin build­ing its MVP Model 3 pro­to­type in 18 to 22 months, with pro­duc­tion start­ing in four years. Like all air­craft in this re­port, the Model 3 will be trail­er­a­ble and is de­signed for use in the marine en­vi­ron­ment. In ad­di­tion, it has a hard point for lift­ing and a com­pact foot­print. Com­pany CEO Paul Vick­ers says the Wave is the only LSA am­phib­ian that has au­to­matic fold­ing wings and a wa­ter thruster that will al­low for on-wa­ter ma­neu­ver­ing with­out the en­gine run­ning. Vick­ers also says the Wave’s hull de­sign will al­low the air­craft to op­er­ate in rougher wa­ter than any other am­phib­ian on or coming to the mar­ket.

FAA LSA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is ex­pected in late 2016 or early 2017. Stan­dard equip­ment will in­clude a BRS full air­craft parachute, Dynon avionics and the wa­ter thruster. Op­tions in­clude air con­di­tion­ing, trans­port trailer and su­pery­acht con­fig­u­ra­tion that in­cludes a davit hook and ex­tra pro­tec­tion against cor­ro­sion. —M.M.

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