Thursday 7 May 2020

Sea & Sky Cygnets (Only One) of New Zealand

The next type of sport aircraft to be registered in New Zealand in 2015 was the amphibious Sea & Sky Cygnet:

The Sea & Sky Cygnet was designed by J P Krucker of Ontario, Canada and it was originally manufactured by his company.  Manufacturing then switched to Sea and Sky Inc of Fort Walton Beach in Florida (who have since been renamed Airtime Aircraft).  It is an two seat tandem weight shift pusher microlight aircraft with twin floats and a retractable tricycle undercarriage.  It is built from bolted aluminium tubing and the undercarriage is from Titanium.  It can be powered by engines from the 64 HP Rotax 582 to the 100 HP Rotax 912S.  A number of different wings can be fitted between 160 and 200 square feet.  The aircraft comes with its own purpose built trailer and it is claimed that it can be from the trailer to flying in around 20 minutes.

Airtime Aircraft also market the smaller single seat Explorer 103 weight shift amphibian.

The empty weight of the Cygnet is around 240 Kg (529 pounds) and in New Zealand the MAUW is 498 Kg (1,098 pounds).  With the smaller Rotax 582 the cruise speed is a leisurely 37 mph (32 knots while the stall speed is around 31 mph (27 knots) but I assume the 80 and 100 HP Rotaxes would give a faster cruising speed.

We have had only one Sea & Sky Cygnet in New Zealand to date but we may see more as the aircraft is still in production.  I reckon it is a pretty neat concept.

ZK-PWG (c/n 20122) was first registered as N1050 to Sky & Sea Inc of Fort Walton Beach in Florida on 15/6/12.  Its US registration was cancelled on 10/2/15 and it was registered in New Zealand on 12/2/15 to Derek A Holmes of Papamoa.  It is photo'd above at Solo Wings at Tauranga on 11/2/15 and it can be seen that it has a Rotax 912 engine.

Derek Holmes obviously had connections to Crest Clean Commercial Cleaning as ZK-PWG appeared with Crest Clean logos, as seen above during a flight over Lake Taupo on 19/12/15 (Click to enlarge).  You can see the twin floats in these photos.

It also featured the New Zealand flag and the proposed new flag that was rejected in a referendum in March 2016.

Ownership changed to S B Jones of Taupo on 29/3/19 and it is photo'd above at Waipukurau on the very same date.

There is a nice video of Derek Holmes flying his Cygnet from Tanners Point in the Northern reaches of the Tauranga Harbour  HERE  Have a look for the flying stingray.

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