Super Seawind - Turbine Power!


How's this for something new? I met Steve Wightman today, owner and builder of the only turbine-powered Seawind. Starting from a skeleton Quick Kit in 2005, and after 15,000 man-hours it flew in 2012 and so far has about 100 hours on it. He has since flown it on 1200 mile legs at speeds up to 219 mph TAS and up to 17K'. Steve has the PT-6 serrated to 450 HP so the turbine is loafing along most of the time. Designed for superb capabilities of speed, distance, and altitude, Steve is predicting to break 4 world aviation records in 2017.

Steve says he is waiting for James Bond to claim it as his own. For more info, visit

Vic Syracuse

Vic Syracuse is a Commercial Pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P, DAR, and EAA Technical Advisor and Flight Counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 8700 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot and Angel Flight pilot. He chairs the EAA Homebuilt Council and is a member of EAA’s Board of Directors. He also has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation.

3 Replies to “Super Seawind - Turbine Power!”

  1. Vic, thank you for the article, well done. I try to make a point that N71RJ, my Super Seawind is the only flying PT6 powered Seawind on the planet today. I know of two Allison powered Seawinds, both burn much more fuel per hour than my PT6 at cruise. The PT6 advantage is that it is one of the most common and well known engines in the world. That makes it easier to get parts and services.
    I updates today. There's tons of information there for journalists and aviation enthusiasts just like you.

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