The Oxai M2 Skywave At 2019 Avalon
We count some of the coolest people this industry as daily readers of our Seaplane Magazine and these readers are virtually everywhere on this planet. David Geers, fellow seaplane pilot and member of Seaplane Pilots Association of Australia took the time to crawl all over, in and under the Oxai M2 Skywave on display during AVALON 2019 in Australia. He sent some pics, together with his impressions on the aircraft.
The aircraft presents itself as what can be described as an obvious knockoff of Icon’s A5, however pricing communicated with us prior to the show was quite a bit different from what was communicated at the exhibition itself. Visitors where told to expect pricing around $300K plus incidentals for delivery. Several attributes of the aircraft appear unfinished in design and concept and of particular attention was the M2’s nose wheel assembly.
The Oxai M2 is scheduled to fly from Shanghai to Oshkosh via Dubai this year to attend AirVenture. The manufacturer aims to introduce and certify the aircraft in the Australian market prior to tackling other markets, such as Europe and North America. The fact that our contact to Oxai abruptly ended after asking about the aircraft’s spin resistance capabilities and raising the topic of the M2’s seeming similarity to the Icon A5 shall be left to our readers interpretation.
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