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1500km Amphibian Possible with Modifications? Really is possible for $200K

  • Listed: April 17, 2013 7:48 am
lake 250 renegade

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To me the ultimate aircraft would be an amphibian that can carry a total of 6; Pilot, co-pilot and 4 passengers. Sure this might be asking a lot and carry a huge price tag right along with it. Now how about asking it to travel up to 1500km without refueling? Sounds like a pipe dream. Yeah I know.

Well dream or not this would be my ideal aircraft and I’m going to research on finding a suitable machine to start as a base and find the resources and people who can find a way to accomplish something close.

1500km to begin with is unrealistic for a small aircraft, but we all know its been done before by piling fuel tanks in passenger cabins. But then where do the four passengers sit? so that’s out of the questions. Lets think of the 1500km goal as more of a “best case” scenario and say take 1200km as our “bad head wind” worse.

I’ve been doing a little research and think maybe this is something that could be possible and want to hear others thoughts. Anyone have some tips on what plane to start with that might fit the bill? or am I just crazy?

Figured this might be a good start. Does it all for $200k with out modification. WOW

The Lake LA-250 Renegade is a six-seat amphibious

Specifications (LA-250)

Data from Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft 1984–85, 431

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Capacity: 5 passengers
  • Length: 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in (11.58 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 0 in (3.05 m)
  • Wing area: 170 ft2 (15.8 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,850 lb (839 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,050 lb (1,383 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-540-C4B5, 250 hp (186 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 160 mph (258 km/h)
  • Range: 1,036 miles (1,668 km)
  • Service ceiling: 14,700 ft (4,480 m)
  • Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)
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