Beautiful Russian Bear – Featuring SeaBear Aircraft

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SeaBear Aircraft – No Russian Bear Could Ever Look So Good

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The Russian SeaBear – Featured Seaplane Company: If you’ve been scrolling through the social media fireworks, you may have run across a rather special animal called the SeaBear. The SeaBear is a multi engine  Flying Boat which first saw the light of day when it entered into development in 1986.

More seriously pursued, the concept gained further development from 1999 to 2009, before, not too long ago a very good looking, sleek and sexy airplane emerged. We’ve seen it painted like a Carcharodon carcharias (Great white shark) and have seen pictures of it playing on snow, gravel, pavement or water. Join us while we look at this plane and its makers, for a few minutes.

Powered by two Rotax 914 ULF  engines producing 115 h.p. each, this aircraft features some impressive performance data and will take off, climb & go around, even with one engine inoperative. The fuel efficient engines combined with 132 Gal. of fuel would technically allow the aircraft to stay airborne for no less than 12.5 hours, making a total range of 1350 NM (2500 KM) possible. With a low take off speed of 43 knots, you could be free of water surrounding the hull in about 800 feet. Landing distance is 500 feet according to the specs. With a gross weight of 3,218 lbs (1460kg), an empty weight of 1,830 lbs (830kg) the useful load clocks in at 1390 lbs (630kg). The company reports a climb rate of ~ 1000 ft/min and a service ceiling of 13000 feet.

A Very Well Organized And Fresh Panel

RussianRather refreshing is the look at the panel which definitely strikes through its simplicity and structure and will let the last critic realize that this is some serious aircraft, sporting some serious thinking and design work. A variety of other avionics combinations can be realized as per customer request and the customer has the option to order a custom paint scheme. With a cabin width of 50 inches (1,26m) and a cabin height of 55 in (1,39m), room ought to be no problem. Impressively solved is the rest of the cabin, which is entered through a big door in the rear of the fuselage. The rear seats can be folded to accommodate large loads or transformed into sleeping seats.

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Lets Talk Money

With so many naysayers and pessimists, claiming that no new aircraft can ever be had for less than a Gazillion Dollars, #TheFutureOfWaterflying really depends on affordable air frames enabling a younger generation of web-footed nuts to jump in with both feet. The obvious downside is that the aircraft will require a Multi Engine Seaplane Rating and some tail-wheel experience for safe operation. The obvious upside is the aircraft’s multi-surface capability, opening pavement, grass, gravel, water and snow to the mix of departure and landing surfaces, which makes it interesting to a varying group of users.

Sporting standard equipment this aircraft will set its new buyer back by approx. $230K for the kit version and ~ $360K if bought assembled and ready to fly. A buyer would likely wait about 6 months for delivery. EASA & FAA Certifications are planned, at the time of this writing. We’ll be talking with the designer of this machine some more and report about this cool airplane from time to time, so stay tuned for more.

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