ROBERT HODGSON COLLECTION
No. 12529. Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey (N454FB c/n 1LK540C)
Photographed at Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin, USA, August 1, 2013, by Robert Hodgson

Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey

08/31/2014. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg: "Designed by Kerry Richter and Paige Lynette, the prototype SeaRey was first flown November 13, 1992. It was a very progressive development of the Advanced Aircraft (Advanced Aeromarine, Keuthan Aircraft) Buccaneer II, also a design of Kerry Richter. The two-seat SeaRey received an entirely new tapered wing and also featured many detail improvements and it became available for amateur construction via Progressive Aerodyne, Inc.

Deliveries started during 1994 and initially aircraft were completed with engines such as the 64 hp Rotax 582 or 65 hp Hirth 2705. Later the engine choice was widened for types such as the 80 hp Rotax 912, 100 hp Rotax 912S, 115 hp Rotax 914, 95 hp Hirth F-30 and 95-100 hp AMW three-cilinder. The SeaRey remained available in kit form for many years and was still marketed in 2014 and production had exceeded the 400 mark. A slightly smaller single-seat version was the StingRay of 1997, but this was only built in prototype form.

N454FB was in 2012 built by Thomas R. Brooks of Commerce Township, Michigan, USA and had a Rotax 912S engine."

Created August 31, 2014