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Downloads: 217
Uploaded by: Alex
File size: 147 kilobytes
VSP Version: 3.X
Copyright holder: Alex Parker
Copyright year: 2015
License: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)

File ID# 301
Units Meters
Description This is a design of a LSA seaplane, there is no engine or propeller on this model.
Source Quality

1 - The source material used to create this model was Definitive. This means the VSP model is the definition of the vehicle or part (it was built from the model or the model is the best source of infromation available).

Model Suitability
  • 1 - OML for wetted areas/drag buildup
  • 1 - Build a display model
  • 1 - Accurate OML for detailed aerodynamic analysis or CFD
Tags general aviation , experimental , airplane , single-engine , piston engine , floatplane , light sport aircraft , seaplane

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Peter Schwenn (August 10, 2016 at 20:54):

One way to keep the wings out of the water (and eliminate the usual seaplane aero hamper gizmos) is don't: let whichever (little bit fat) tip that wants to, ride in the water. For take-off use water ballast in the wings and your existing bilge pumps (use powerful ones) and a simple microcontroller (useful otherwise) to level the plane. As the ailerons become able to level the plane, dump the water. On landing (or anytime you feel like being level) if desired or necessary, use the same system. [If the wing tips are properly shaped, if the system fails, one should still be able to bring taxi speed to the level where the ailerons can level the wings.] Now that no pontoons, sponsons, fat lower wings, swim platforms, etc are needed, one might want to bring the wing up to mid fuselage or higher so that rougher water is possible. I might add that if the propellor type/diameter and aft fuselage will accommodate and protect the propellor, no pod (especially "high") is necessary, roll and vomiting are reduced, and stability in flight is straightforward. I would like to watch a video of the notable couple, afloat on the way to Hawaii for a sleep stop, rolling about with the 250lb pod above, and the pontoons splashing incessantly.

Kent Balas (May 22, 2016 at 16:19):

How will you keep the wings out of the water?

Kent Balas (May 22, 2016 at 16:18):

Have you updated the design? Where is the cockpit?

Alex (November 19, 2015 at 14:34):

I posted this here because I'm having some trouble running VSPAero on my computer. Hoping someone may be able to analyze it and let me know their thoughts on how to make it better. It's an amphibious aircraft design, it will be a pusher configuration with the engine pod located on top and slightly aft of the cockpit.

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