YouTube - Seawind 3000
27 ft. 2 in.
35 ft. 0 in.
80 U.S. gals.
The Seawind 3000 was sold as a kit until production ended in 2002. Their latest project, the model 300C, is intended to be factory produced. It is a seaplane design with the ability to also use runways as an amphibian. The airplane uses a boat-like hull rather than pontoons.
The newest Seawind differs from its predecessors in that the aircraft's hull has been enlarged to provide better handling and increase buoyancy. Its manufacturer says that it is the world's fastest four seat seaplane and that its cabin is the largest in its class. The fiberglass hull is built for strength and durability and will not corrode.
The Seawind 3000 design features drooped wing tips for increased ground effect to aid take offs. Its tractor engine is on top of the airplane, as far away from spray as possible. Nose wheel steering and differential braking make for a very maneuverable airplane with a tight turning radius while on land. The ailerons also serve as flaperons to provide increased lift for take offs and landings.
Pilots say that visibility from the cockpit of the Seawind 3000 is excellent. The overall impression of the airplane is that it handles well and is easy to fly.
Unlike other single engine seaplanes, even large changes in power settings do not produce extreme pitching, and require only minimal trim adjustments. Directional stability is excellent despite the high engine mount. Even during the steepest of turns, only a small amount of rudder is necessary to keep them well coordinated.
The Seawind 3000 handles turbulence like a much larger aircraft, smoothing out even summer afternoon skies. Slow speed handling is excellent, with very predictable stalls which are gentle and straight forward.
Some eighty Seawind 3000 aircraft have been built and are now flying. In 2014 it was announced that the factory built aircraft was awaiting full certification by Transport Canada and the U.S. F.A.A. It appears that certifications are still pending to date.
The Seawind website shows that the company is seeking investors and deposits on the intended factory built aircraft in order to fund manufacturing of the aircraft.
Dynam has a RC Seawind 3000 that is PNP. it has a wingspan of 48 in. with a length of 41 in. Power comes from a BM3715A 1050 kV motor. All up weight is around 45 oz.