The Akoya Amphibious LSA

Here's a closer look at the amphibious LSA launched by French-based Lisa Airplanes.

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The Akoya is an amphibious LSA from the young French company Lisa Airplanes.
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The two-seater aircraft can reportedly land on water, snow or ground without additional modification.
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The aircraft is made entirely of composite materials and is powered by a Rotax 912 ULS FR 100 hp engine that runs on unleaded fuel.
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The aircraft has a max speed above 120 knots and a range of almost 700 miles.
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The aircraft's unique design includes hydrofoils that are connected to retractable landing gear outfitted with skis.
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The aircraft's tinted canopy allows pilots and passengers a 180-degree panoramic view.
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The Akoya's wings are foldable, dropping the aircraft's width to just under 13 ft. when not extended.
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Lisa Airplanes reports the aircraft can take off and land over less than 650 ft.
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It made its first flight in August 2007.
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Prototype test trials were completed in 2009.
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Lisa Airplanes expects the Akoya to receive LSA certification during the summer of next year.
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The aircraft comes with a price tag of €300,000, which comes out to a little over $400,000 in American dollars.
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Lisa Airplanes says deliveries to first costumers will begin immediately afterward.
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For more, see "Lisa Airplanes Initiates Global Launch of Amphibious LSA."