AeroVolga Circumpolar Flight Progress
On July 3, Samara based aircraft manufacturer AeroVolga who manufactures the single engine Borey and twin engine LA-8 amphibious plane departed on a 1.5 month circumpolar flight. The two twins and the Borey will be traveling across 9 countries. So far the trip has gone incredibly well and the team is embarking on crossing Alaska at the time of this writing!
The AeroVolga LA-8 amphibian airplanes is designed to operate in all latitudes and climatic zones, in fresh and salt water. Currently, the aircraft is in serial production, about 20 aircraft have been built and put into operation. The aircraft’s landing gear allows operating from paved and unpaved runways. The LA-8 is designed and produced in accordance with the FAR-23 (CS-23). It can be operated with one or two pilots and carry six to seven passengers. It is a monoplane with high fixed wing and three-point chassis with a forward support. The aircraft has a composite air frame. It can be powered by Lom Praha M337C-A V (take off power 235 HP) or Lycoming IO-540 (take off power 260 HP). With a MTOW of nearly 6000 pounds and cruising at 140 KTAS the aircraft is pretty impressive.
We’ll keep the readers updated on further trip reports. The company has invited Seaplanemagazine.com to Samara Russia for flights with their lineup of aircraft later this year. We look forward to the trip!
Please visit AeroVolga’s Facebook Page for constant updates from the trip!