By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor, Video Editor
The LISA Airplanes team announced Friday that its "multi-access" AKOYA amphibious (and snow-capable) aircraft, an LSA hopeful, has flown its first passenger and will be coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. The AKOYA is a carbon composite airframe powered by a tail-mounted Rotax 912 engine and boasts a glass cockpit "with EFIS, EMS, GPS," according to LISA. Its fuselage buoys the aircraft during water operations and, unlike many amphibious planes, AKOYA incorporates two sets of small hydrofoils on an otherwise clean, step-less fuselage design. The aircraft also has "assisted folding wings," adjustable ruder pedals, backrests and headrests and a whole-plane parachute. LISA, a French manufacturer, is listing the aircraft for more than $350,000. That buys more than the aircraft itself.
LISA offers complete pilot training for the AKOYA, a three-year warranty, with three years of maintenance and three years of hotline assistance in its full package price. It also includes aircraft customization. The aircraft has an 18.4-gallon tank, cruises at 116 knots and stalls at 45 knots with the flaps retracted. LISA says it will take off and land in less than 670 feet, climb at 1400 ft/min and can cruise for more than 650 miles with standard tanks. With its wings folded, the AKOYA is 12.8 feet wide and 25.9 feet long. Creature comforts include an electric canopy equipped with a quick-release system and access to a 12-volt power supply. Steps are integrated into the hydrofoils and a removable anchor and tow hooks secure the aircraft in the water and allow it to be towed or lifted for storage, respectively. More information is here.