After over two man years of development and subsequent field testing, Progressive Aerodyne is pleased to announce the SeaRey LSX Folding Wing Accessory. This device allows the SeaRey LSX wings and tail to fold for storage or unfold for flying by one person and in less than 20 minutes. (See video below).
Beat the high cost of hangaring and keep your SeaRey safe and sound at home. You can take your SeaRey with you on your next RV camping trip or on your tour of the whole country. Your SeaRey LSX will add a whole new dimension to your adventure wherever you go.
The SeaRey Folding Wing Accessory (FWA) project was very demanding since we needed to develop a folding wing but without making any changes to structural design of the wing itself. We had already completed the very expensive LSA certification engineering of the wing so changes to that were absolutely not allowed. So how do you make a folding wing without changing the wing? The SeaRey R&D team took the challenge on and after almost two man years of testing and development came up with a solution so unique that it is now in the patenting process.
The main working part of the SeaRey FWA is an articulating arm with multiple universal joints that secures and guides the inboard end of the wing during a fold or unfold movement. One end of the arm is attached to the inboard root of the wing, the other is attached to the SeaRey fuselage at the main root tube. To make all this work one of the universal joints needed to operate in five axis!
Yes. It is important to understand that the articulating arms are only used on the ground and have absolutely no function in flight. As depicted in this photo, the arms tuck in between the wing and fuselage during flight and are literally just going along for the ride. They are not structural. Therefore, all the usual wing attach bolts we have come to know and trust are still in use and are unchanged.
Yes. All flying surfaces, wings and tail remain attached on the folded SeaRey. Once folded, the SeaRey can be moved around on its wheels for easy storage.
Yes. The Folding Wing Accessory can be retrofitted to any existing LSX wing.
We are still perfecting this product folks, so price and availability are still to be defined. In a following newsletter we will announce all of these details including weight of the device and final dimensions of a folded SeaRey. Stay Tuned… we think you’re going to like what you hear!