SeaStryder is an entirely new approach to sea plane design. Its patented floatwing design reduces aerodynamic drag & shortens takeoff runs, ultimately delivering improved fuel savings.
It is designed as a multi-role, tandem wing, amphibious aircraft. It uses partial submergence of the front wing for static buoyancy and lateral stability while in water displacement mode. When underway, the bottom of the front wing acts as a dynamic hydroplaning surface. The wing behaves well hydro-dynamically and begins to hydroplane quickly during its take off run. This quick hydroplaning action results in a takeoff run that is typically 1/3 that of contemporary seaplanes, resulting in significant fuel savings for the run-up portion of the flight.
Low aerodynamic drag
The hydroplaning floatwing combines functions of floatation buoyancy, lateral stabilization, “step”, and aerodynamic lift in one integrated structure. And by eliminating other drag-inducing elements, including added steps, lateral stabilization sponsons, wing floats, struts, wires, excessive use of chines and non-streamlined hulls, SeaStryder’s design has artfully minimized drag, maximizing fuel savings.
Shortened takeoff runs
SeaStryder’s patented floatwing design generates large lift at low speed, This allows hydroplaning at a much earlier point than conventional amphibious craft. This continues lift advantage continues throughout run-up in ground effect, allowing a fuel-efficient transportation alternative to existing heavily congested traffic corridors.
Improved fuel savings
Greater lift at lower speeds means ultimately less fuel used for takeoff over conventional sea plane designs. With the rising cost of fuel impacting the bottom line for many carriers and private pilots, SeaStryder’s fuel-efficient innovations will keep you flying longer, for less.