Amphibious Aircraft: Vickers Wave

  • How the Wave can be transported from water to air
  • Newest technology in avionics used in the cockpit

 

Vickers Aircraft Company Wave is a two seated amphibious aircraft, introduced at the Florida sport aviation expo in 2014. In order to comply with ASTM International LSA Standards, the new aircraft has to undergo 180 hours of test flights before being certified by the Civil Aviation Authority. The frame of the Wave is made of aluminum with a carbon fibre hull which rust and corrosion resistant. This aircraft can be operated on water, as well as on land.  The automatic folding doors helps with transporting the aircraft from point to point with ease. For safety measures, this aircraft will have an emergency aircraft recovery parachute system that will help if the aircraft ever malfunctions in an emergency setting, as well as electric powered water thrusters for on water maneuvering.

As far as avionics go, the Wave will feature the best of the best. The Dynon SkyView SV-D1000 avionics system with a touch screen display will be right in front of the aircraft. The instrument panel will also integrate standard equipment including central console stick flight controls, an iPad mini with electronic flight book, checklists and backup electronic flight instrument system (EFIS). The avionics will further include a SkyView auto pilot and an angle of attack indicator (AOA).

The cabin will measure 4 feet wide, 4.5 feet long, and 4 feet tall and will be able to accommodate two passengers. The cabin will also have heaters as well as climate control fans with dual sliding side doors for safer entry and exit. In terms of the engine, The aircraft will be powered by a Continental Titan IO-340ccc engine with with 180 horse power. The engine will rotate a 72in Catto three-bladed propeller. This aircraft will have a range of 720 nautical miles and needs a minimum runway length of 600ft. 


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