Seamax Aircraft M-22 – New Horizons For Waterbirds
With more than 150 units sold in 30 different countries, the AirMax produced Seamax M-22 is finally set to arrive for final assembly in the U.S. in early 2018. Engine, Propeller and Avionics find their way into the aircraft, earning the company the right to put an “assembled in the US” tag on the plane.
AirMax Construções Aeronáuticas, the SeaMax producer, has been a developer and manufacturer of amphibious light sport aircraft since 1998 and designer/ engineer Miquel Rosario managed to come out with a sleek design that speaks its own language. Serial production launched in 2002.
Powered by ROTAX’s proven 912ULS, developing 100 Hp the M-22 delivers her own punch and with a 1320 lbs takeoff weight the composite (carbon fiber, Kevlar & fiberglass with stainless steel and aluminum) fuselage is destined to be out of the water and flying quickly. A range of 600+ miles will allow for quite some flying prior to seeking fuel again.
Cruising at a comfortable 130 MPH and with a stall speed of just 42 MPH the aircraft will be of interest to those who like to travel leisurely and affordably or have confined areas of operation. In speed and range the aircraft seems to outperform its direct competitors. Delivered in three different models Standard Model (SD), Folding Wings Model (FW) and Ultralight Model (ULM) the aircraft can be equipped with traditional VFR gauges sporting Garmin GTR225 radios and a Garmin GTX327 Transponder or modern glass from Kanardia’s NESIS lineup. In our opinion, Seamax has done impressive work and effort, sports very approachable people and a down to earth (or water) way of dealing with those surrounding them.
More exciting news reached us yesterday through Seamax’s Facebook page, highlighting Embry Riddle’s announcement that Seamax will join Embry-Riddle Research Park’s Customized Business Acceleration Program to build on its business, technological and research capabilities as the company looks to establish itself in the United States. Check them out on Facebook, or visit their website.