Summer is fast approaching and for much of the northern hemisphere, that means seaplane flying. For all pilots, covid fear is dissipating and summer skies beckon. In this LSA Update… Learn about the return of Finland’s wood-and-composite LSA seaplane, now rebadged as Avion from new supplier Scandinavian Seaplanes Check out another award for Ekolot’s handsome and deluxe Topaz See a very fresh video of the impressive ScaleWings SW-51 in flight Watch a video version of our recent FAA regulation update on Mosaic As the globe slowly emerges from the dark cloud that was Covid, the light aviation industry is doing admirably to move forward with developments and improvements. Come along for the read — check out these stories. Atol is Back …with Avion According to main man Anssi Rekula, “Finland is a true [paradise] of seaplane flying with 188,000 lakes, 45,000 miles of river and 4,000 miles of seafront.” That is surprisingly similar to the United States even though America is 29 times larger by area.
- Learn about the return of Finland's wood-and-composite LSA seaplane, now rebadged as Avion from new supplier Scandinavian Seaplanes
- Check out another award for Ekolot's handsome and deluxe Topaz
- See a very fresh video of the impressive ScaleWings SW-51 in flight
- Watch a video version of our recent FAA regulation update on Mosaic
Atol is Back …with AvionAccording to main man Anssi Rekula, "Finland is a true [paradise] of seaplane flying with 188,000 lakes, 45,000 miles of river and 4,000 miles of seafront." That is surprisingly similar to the United States even though America is 29 times larger by area.
Topaz Wins Another AwardToday, many LSA have become quite deluxe with fancier interiors and better avionics. However, Ekolot was ahead in this upgrade game. The Polish company's top-of-the-line Topaz is a striking machine outside and inside with its automotive-styled, leather-trimmed interior and nicely-achieved features. Ekolot has experience with sailplanes and the composite finish shows a glider producer’s attention to an exceptionally smooth finish. Get factory tech specs (metric) but the U.S. translation is: wing span 35.3 feet; wing area 109 square feet; gross weight 1,232 pounds (the first weight FAA chose for LSA; later updated to 1,320); empty weight 639 pounds, meaning Topaz has a useful load of 593 pounds and a payload with full fuel of 485 pounds; fuel 18 gallons, cruise 123 mph (107 knots); climb 1,575 fpm; stall 34 mph. Standard power is supplied by Rotax 912 swinging a three-blade composite prop. It is sold standard with an whole-airframe emergency parachute. At Sun 'n Fun 2021, importer Krzysztof "Kris" Siuba collected another trophy for his office shelf as Topaz won the "Outstanding Factory-Built Fixed Wing Light-Sport Aircraft" category. Hopefully, Kris and Topaz are not "tired of winning" as a well-known politician once predicted.
Here's fresh video of the SW-51 conducting its first flight — lots of good images, courtesy of the factory: https://youtu.be/6ftYVP3sOZ8
A great many of you read our recent article updating FAA's latest work on the new LSA regulation. Some of you may prefer an audio version with a terrific slide show (featuring around 150 beautiful airplane pictures): https://youtu.be/faKL9kmtDPU