SeaRey To Build S-LSA Amphibs

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The popular SeaRey kit-built LSA amphib will soon be available as a factory-built aircraft. Progressive Aerodyne, of Tavares, Fla., announced last week that it has FAA approval to manufacture an S-LSA version of the aircraft. The company expects to deliver the first fly-away SeaRey early next year. SeaRey kits have been available for 20 years and the company recently moved its operation to Tavares from Orlando. AVweb flew a SeaRey a few years ago and we prepared this video.

Four years ago the city built a seaplane base and branded itself "America's Seaplane City," and in some ways the recent announcement validated that. "You can't be America's Seaplane City if you're not making seaplanes," said John Drury, city administrator. "Our city council had the vision and fortitude to invest in itself, brand itself, and embrace a civic entrepreneurial spirit during one of the hardest economic times in our history. Today that vision and fortitude is paying off. Now others are investing in us, with capital and jobs, high wage jobs." SeaRey currently employs 16 people but the company hopes the new product will spur expansion.