The Vickers Aircraft Company Wave is a two-seat amphibious aircraft,[when?] under development by the Vickers Aircraft Company of Hamilton, New Zealand. It was introduced at the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida in 2014.[1][2]

Wave
Role Light-sport Aircraft
National origin New Zealand
Manufacturer Vickers Aircraft Company
Status In development
Unit cost
Under $180,000 (est)

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Design and developmentEdit

The Wave is a two-seat, side-by-side configuration, high wing amphibious aircraft. The fuselage and wings are constructed from a combination of aluminum and carbon fibre composite materials. An automatic folding wing mechanism and ballistic parachute are planned to be integrated.[2][3]

The standard engine is the 180 hp (134 kW) Continental Titan 340 four-stroke powerplant, mounted in a pusher configuration.[2]

The aircraft is intended for the US light-sport aircraft category.[2]

Specifications (Wave)Edit

Data from AVWeb and Tacke[3][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 24 ft 7 in (7.5 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
  • Wing area: 149.3 sq ft (13.87 m2)
  • Empty weight: 928 lb (421 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,430 lb (649 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 50 U.S. gallons (190 L; 42 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental Titan 340 horizontally opposed piston aircraft engine, 180 hp (130 kW)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed Catto

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 120 kn; 138 mph (222 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 120 kn (138 mph; 222 km/h)
  • Range: 720 nmi (829 mi; 1,333 km)
  • Wing loading: 10.2 lb/sq ft (49.7 kg/m2)

See alsoEdit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "What's Happening in 2015". AOPA Pilot: 32.
  2. ^ a b c d e Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 87. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ a b "Another LSA Amphibian Unveiled". Retrieved 1 November 2013.