No. 10887. Colyaer Gannet S100 (N234SG c/n 505001)
Photographed at the Kentucky Aviation Museum, Lexington, Kentucky, USA, June 10, 2011, by Ted Black

Colyaer Gannet S100

10/31/2011. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg: "This light two-seat sport flying boat/amphibian was marketed for amateur construction by Colyaer SL (Construcciones Ligeras y AeronŠuticas Societŗ Limitata) of Spain and the design used in its construction many parts and components of the land-based Martin 3. Initially known as the S100 Mascato (Gannet), the English translation was later adopted in the designation.

Work on the flying boat started in 2002 and a prototype aircraft was flown during 2004. The Gannet could accept engines in the 60 to 100 hp range and these included amongst others an 80 hp Jabiru 2200 and 120 hp Jabiru 3300. A very similar version was available in kit form from LSA Aero in the USA, standard fitted with an 100hp Rotax 912ULS. The Gannet was certified in the S-LSA (Special-Light Sport Aircraft) category in the USA during 2006.

The Freedom S100 was the amphibious variant of the Gannet with the main wheel retracting in the fuselage and this model was also certified as S-LSA in the USA. Work started in 2004 and the first example was flown in early 2006. Standard engine in the Freedom S100 was an 100 hp Rotax 912ULS. Aside from the retractable undercarriage, the Freedom had small auxiliary fins on the horizontal tail plane, a feature that was added at a later stage on both the Gannet and Freedom models.

The pictured aircraft was built in 2005 by Stan Smith of Tanner, Alabama, USA. and received its CofA on July 26 of that year."

Created October 31, 2011