It is a vehicle best-suited to the realms of a James Bond movie, but instead this plane can soon be in the hands of buyers. The Lisa Akoya is a plane which is just as comfortable on water – and even snow – as it is in the air.
The two-seater plane is soon to go on sale in the U.S. following more than 70 test-flights, although if you want one, you might need the salary of a Bond villain, as it comes with a $350,000 price tag. The Akoya made its debut at the AirVenture AirVenture Oshkosh show in Winconsin last month, and will be ready for buyers in 2014 in Europe and America.
It can travel up to 1,250miles on a single trip at speeds of up to 135 knots – 155mph, before touching down on practically any smooth surface. Naturally, the plane shares an affinity for runways, but if you see a nice seaside resort and the sea is calm enough, there is nothing to stoop a pilot going for a water landing, with a flick of the switch turning the landing wheels into hydrofoils for a safe sea landing.
And, pop a pair of skies onto the water-fins, and an on-piste landing can be safely carried out, assuming no poles get in the way.
…Then it’s a boat: The LISA lands on the water, and can then travel by sea