Dornier Seawings tested a tandem engine amphibious. Tests of the device called Seastar CD2 were found to be successful, writes FlightGlobal.
The device is built on the basis of the Seastar amphibious aircraft, which first took off in the 1980s. Despite the fact that the aircraft successfully passed all the tests, its mass production was never launched. First of all, the reason for this was the bankruptcy of the device development company.
Both the original aircraft and the new generation are 12.7 m long and the Seastar wingspan is 17.7 m. The aircraft has a maximum take-off mass of 4.6 tons and its cruising speed is 330 km/h.
An amphibious aircraft is capable of carrying 12 passengers, and its distinctive feature is a nacelle mounted above the wing, in which there are two turboprop engines and propellers. According to the engineers, this design will reduce fuel consumption.
Tests of the new version of Seastar passed at the end of March 2020: during testing, it flew over the water, and then landed at the designated point. The tests were considered successful.