If you need convincing that LSA represent a valuable adjunct to traditional GA models, look no further than the amphibian world. There, you can buy an LSA capable of setting down on land or water for about what amphib floats alone cost for some Part 23 aircraft. Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam has already sold many pilots on LSA and sport aircraft, with more than 3,500 of its products operating around the globe. Now, the company has taken on the realm where water and sky meet with its P92 SeaSky, which joins an already formidable fleet of LSA amphibs. Development of this end of the market has doubtless benefitted from the increased weight limit LSA seaplanes enjoy—1,430 pounds versus the 1,320 pounds for other LSA—a standard the FAA adopted to keep LSA regulations consistent with rules for European microlight aircraft.
While several seaworthy LSA employ the hulled flying boat model (e.g. the Aventura, SeaMax, SeaRey, Super Petrel and the in-development ICON A5), the SeaSky puts Tecnam’s proven P92 Echo Classic LSA atop amphibious floats in place of the aircraft’s usual tricycle undercarriage. The result flies something akin to a classic Piper J-3 Cub on floats, updated with side-by-side seating in a comfortable cabin and the added utility of being able to touch down on solid land, something even the most ardent seaplane pilot can appreciate.