Oxai Plans M2 Debut AVALON 2019 Australia
Chinese aircraft manufacturer Oxai, normally focused on RC-Model aircraft, is planning to bring the first full size M2 Skywave amphibious LSA to the Australian International Airshow next month. The carbon-fiber two-seat aircraft which looks surprisingly similar to the ICON A5 can be powered by a Rotax 912iS or 915. With retractable gear the aircraft is entering certification in the 650Kg MTOW category.
Operating from its own company airport near Shanghai in China, Oxai is gearing up for an aggressive push into various markets. The firm confirmed with us its plans for a trip from Shanghai to Oshkosh via Dubai to have the aircraft on display at Airventure in Oshkosh in July 2019. The trip is supposed to take more than a month and a half. Certification with CAAC, CASA and FAA are planned. The company will have a base in Australia.
Oxai General Manager Toby Li tells Seaplanemagazine.com that he feels that the aircraft will have appeal for Australian customers. The company is working on various avionics options for the aircraft and the pricepoint is expected to settle around $ 240.000. Despite very strong similarities to the ICON’s A5 design, Oxai is keen to avoid direct comparisons, believing their aircraft is a completely different machine that is more stable in the air.
We were not able to learn more about the M2’s spin resistance, which ICON mastered quite a few years back. Li states the aircraft aims for certification in the LSA category, leaving it prohibited from spinning.
AVALON 2019 – The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is two concurrent events; an exhibition and trade show followed by a public airshow. With trade visitors expected between February 26, and March 1, the show refers to itself as one of Asia-Pacific’s most prestigious aviation and aerospace events and the most comprehensive aviation, aerospace and defense exposition in the southern hemisphere. Attendance for trade visitors costs $68 per Day and registration can be completed on its website.