The Flying Boat is Back

Composite construction makes Dornier Seastar a practical seaplane for all sorts of missions.

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Dornier SeastarCourtesy of Dornier
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The Seastar draws only about two feet with the landing gear up, so it's possible to approach very close to shore so long as the bottom is not so jagged that it damages the hull. If a ramp is available, you can lower the gear in the water and taxi the Seastar up onto land.
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The Seastar cabin is big, nearly six feet longer than a Cessna Caravan on floats and more than a foot longer than a King Air 200.
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If needed, the landing gear can be removed to make the Seastar a pure floatplane and then later reinstalled without modifications.
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The one and only Seastar in existence has a plush executive interior that is appropriate for a flying yacht. It is certified to carry up to 12 passengers in high-density utility seating. Dornier will have to get the empty weight down, or takeoff weight up, to haul that many.
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The Seastar's complex hull shape gets the airplane up on the step quickly for take-off or fast taxiing. The Seastar is very stable on the step, with none of the tendencies to porpoise in pitch that has made flying older-design flying boats a challenge.