PHOTO CAPTION: FlyNano to be available in both gasoline and electric versions.

Finnish Designer Unveils Radical FlyNano Amphibian Aircraft

Electric version will have range up to 40 km at cruising speed of 140 km/h.

Published: 21-Apr-2011

10 years ago, aviation consultant, flight designer and enthusiastic pilot, Aki Suokas, first dreamed of a radical new flight design that would weigh less than 70 kilos, including a drive train under 20 kilos. That magic weight limit determines how a new plane is legally classified.

The FlyNano single-seat fun flyer is now in the air, and will be officially launched at Aero 2011 at Friedrichshafen, Germany, 13 – 16 April. Aero is Europe’s premier aviation event. FlyNano comes in 3 basic variants: the electrically-powered series E 200, a petrol-powered Series G 240, and the uprated racing models Series R 260/300.

The FlyNano is extremely light thanks to innovative Finnish design solutions and an advanced carbon fibre composite construction. Wingspan is nearly 5 meters, nose to tail 3.5 m, and height 1.3 m. Maximum take off weight is 200 Kg. Speed range 70 – 140 km/h with a service ceiling of 3 km. FlyNano’s true airspeed is about 140 kmh at 75% power with a theoretical operational distance of 70 km.

Everyone has sometime imagined what it would be like to fly free as a bird. FlyNano is for the fun of flying – no passengers, no cargo - just you, FlyNano and the endless blue. If you’ve ever had a pilot’s licence, or had experience with ultras or micros, you’ll fly Nano right out of the box. The rest of you will need to learn the simple rules of the air. Minimum red tape – maximum fun.

Prices range from € 25.000 - 27.000 with a trailer/storage box at € 5.300.

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