Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey
One of the oldest airplanes in the LSA marketplace is also one of the most refreshing. The Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey has been around for nearly three decades for reasons that are immediately clear to anyone who’s had the pleasure of flying one. In an era where more is seen as better, and bells and whistles are the design order of the day, the SeaRey is the opposite—simple construction, reliable systems and pilot-centered design. It’s a conventional ultralight construction model, aircraft fabric over aluminum tubing with a hull composed of various materials, including a carbon-fiber option. A pair of sponsons on the wing are made of roto-molded plastic, and the top-mounted engine can be anything from a 64 hp two-stroke Rotax 582 to a turbocharged 115 hp Rotax 914. Depending on options, the SeaReys any two customers wind up with could be very different. The common denominator? Both will be huge fun to fly.
Base Price: $80,000 (depends on builder choices)
Competitors: ICON A5, Super Petrel
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