Sport Aviation Expo On Normal Schedule
After loosing out to heavy weather on Friday, the 2016 U.S. Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL is scheduled for normal operations from 9AM to 4PM, on Saturday. A heavy storm system brought show organizers to cancel and close early.
One of the shows exhibitors MVP Aero of Minnesota, announced its plans to conduct its prototype production and testing for the new “Flying Boat” in Brunswick, Maine. According to Paul Richards, MVP’s Director of Business Development the aircraft is approximately three to four years from serial production.
The company picked the former Navy base because of its advanced airport facilities near the Androscoggin River and Casco Bay for testing the flying boat; local expertise both in composites and boatbuilding; and the ability to build the full prototype in the TechPlace building.
MVP Aero said it has solved engineering problems to bring down the weight of the airplane by using composite materials. It has put scale models in the air and tested its hull designs in water tanks and is now focused on putting together a full-scale prototype. Hopes are to create a new niche in the recreational aviation market. Richards said the target price for the plane is around $219,000. To make that more accessible, he said, the company may market shared ownership models in which multiple pilot-captains could take the helm.
The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Minnesota, according to its website. Development of the plane has been supported primarily through private financing and its founders hold an 85 percent stake in the company.