innovation and development is one of the hallmarks of AirVenture, and
one of the vendors attending this year has an impressive innovation in
development. Tigerfish Aviation is working on the development of
retracting amphibious float technology for aircraft.
Fluid Dynamic (CFD) testing has been completed on the concept, which
promises potential efficiency improvements of up to 14 percent for
single-engine aircraft, and up to 20 percent for twin-engine aircraft.
The principle of the new system is a float which retracts to the belly
of the aircraft. The nose of the aircraft is modified with a fairing,
which in turn covers the front end of the floats with an aerodynamic
form, cutting drag in the process.
is building funds to complete their prototype aircraft to provide a
proof of concept at this time, and is seeking venture capital to
complete the funding process. Aircraft considered as potential proof of
concept test beds include the Cessna Caravan, and potentially a very
light jet (VLJ) such as the Eclipse.
For more information,
visit the Tigerfish display in the Carrier "E" Hangar on the
north side, or visit their website at www.tigerfishaviation.net.