Shearwater 201. Specifications. A photo.
Shearwater 201. Specifications. A photo.

Shearwater 201. Specifications. A photo.


Shearwater 201 - New Zealand Quadruple amphibious aircraft developed by «Shearwater Aircraft» in 2011 year.


Shearwater 201 photo


The project of development of the aircraft started in Shearwater 201 2007 year, at the same time in four years the airplane has changed several times both in the technical and in the design, while in the year 2011, the plane did not make its first flight, which became quite successful.

Shearwater 201 aircraft design is very unusual, in particular, the aircraft is more like a regular light-engine aircraft that is expressed primarily fuselage structure, specially enhanced to improve the functional capabilities of the aircraft, including for reception on board more passengers and cargo.

Initially, the New Zealand aircraft designers set out to create double the aircraft, however, in this case a big success aircraft is not guaranteed, which is why the development of the concept has been revised, and already at the finishing stage of development it was decided to further expand the aircraft design for a comfortable stay on board four human.


Photo Shearwater 201


In addition, it should be clarified that the aircraft has a belittling form of fuselage, allowing it to reduce drag during flight and, therefore, minimize fuel consumption, have high maneuverability, and accelerate to higher speeds.

Issue aircraft Shearwater 201 conducted by the New Zealand Aircraft «Shearwater Aircraft» solely as self-assembly kits, thus, the aircraft price was very high for consumers, which is why at the moment the production is somewhat limited. According to official data on 2012 year, the cost of one kit for self-assembly was 135 thousand dollars, thus, are not included in the price of the means of avionics and aircraft engine.

The power plant of the aircraft Shearwater 201 presented powerful piston aircraft engine brand Mistral G-300, able to develop traction in 300 hp, which is quite a lot of small aircrafts of this type. However, thanks to the powerful engine, the maximum speed of the aircraft is Shearwater 201 480 km \ h, while the maximum flight distance may be equal to 4560 kilometers.


Aircraft Shearwater 201


The aircraft Shearwater 201 cabin can accommodate up to three passengers, and in addition, the aircraft can also be used for the carriage of goods total weight of up to 590 kilogram (including the weight on board the aircraft of people), however, the amount of cargo to a large extent limited by its volume that does not always meet the needs of owners.


Specifications Shearwater 201.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 3 person;
  • aircraft Length: 9,25 m .;
  • Wingspan: 11 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,3 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 910 kg .;
  • Payload: 590 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1500 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 450 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 480 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 4560 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 5450 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Mistral G-300;
  • Power: 300 hp



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