SeaReys Earn LSA-Compliance
PA to begin immediate production of ready-to-fly version
CEO Adam Yang and President Kerry Richter take off on the first post-certification flight of the production SeaRey LSA amphibian.
The SeaRey Certification team.
November 14, 2012 - The SeaRey LSA amphibian recently passed its FAA Light Sport Aircraft Prototype Audit and will begin immediate production of a ready-to-fly version, according to manufacturer Progressive Aerodyne, Inc., (PA).
After receiving approval from the D.C.-based FAA AIR-200 audit team, PA obtained an airworthiness certification from the Orlando MIDO (Manufacturing Inspection District Office) on November 8.
Working with SilverLight Aviation, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, PA worked for several years to meet relevant ASTM standards and FAA regulations. It was the first of seven LSA manufacturers in the past two years to pass the FAA audit without any major findings, the cm0panyu reported. One FAA auditor termed the result "Very commendable."
The SeaRey first flew in 1992 and has been available in kit form the past 20 years. PA will start production of the compliant airplane immediately and deliveries to customers of new factory-built airplanes will begin in a couple of months, according to the company.
"We will carry on the legacy of the beloved SeaRey in the production airplane," said Kerry Richter, PA president. Added Adam Yang, CEO and chairman, "This is a milestone for PA to get to the next level of company growth and treat it as a new start of world-class manufacturing and service."