May 29, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
The Dornier Seastar, certified in the United States and Europe in 1991 but never brought to market, is looking for a home. A company official said the search has narrowed to two sites in “North America” without specifying a country. The company estimates that 40 percent of its sales will come from Canada.
A flying prototype was shown at last year’s annual convention of the National Business Aviation Association and is appearing this year at the Canadian Business Aviation Association convention as well as the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., with a newly refurbished interior. It will appear again at this year’s NBAA convention.
The $6 million amphibious, composite aircraft can seat 12 or can be configured for a private owner. Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-135A engines power it with a claimed normal cruise speed of 170 KTAS. It can operate in seas up to 2.5 feet in fresh or salt water.
The company is headquartered in Punta Gorda, Fla., and is chaired by Conrado Dornier, who lives in Germany. The engineering core of the company is located there. The firm has some orders now that will be delivered in 2011, with the first aircraft available to the general public in 2012. The number of orders has not been released.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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