Wave LSA

The Wave amphibious light sport aircraft (LSA) is being developed by New Zealand-based Vickers Aircraft Company. Designed to comply with ASTM international LSA standards, the new aircraft will undergo a 180-hour test flight before being certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of New Zealand.

The Wave aircraft received expressions of interest from aviation companies in the US, Europe and Malaysia. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to begin in mid-2016.

Wave amphibious light sport aircraft design features



The P-750 XSTOL is a single engine, ten-seater, extremely short take-off and landing light utility aircraft designed and manufactured by Pacific Aerospace in Hamilton, New Zealand.


The airframe of the Wave amphibious LSA comprises of an aluminium primary structure with carbon fibre hull, which is resistant to corrosion. The fuselage, floatation elements and wing skins of the aircraft are also made of carbon fibre.

The aircraft can be operated from water and runways on land. It comes with automatic folding wings and can be provided with a transport trailer, and electric davit hook recovery system for transport aboard yachts.

The Wave LSA will be fitted with Cross-Over™ fixed landing gear, and an emergency aircraft recovery parachute system. It will also include an emergency locator transmitter (ELT), vertical power electrical management system, and electric-powered water thrusters for engine-off, on-water manoeuvring.

The aircraft will have a length of 7.5m, height of 2.29m, wingspan of 9.4m and wing area of 13.87m².

Flight deck and avionics of Wave LSA

The aircraft will be fitted with a Dynon SkyView SV-D1000 avionics suite integrating a bright 10in single-touch, high-resolution screen display, which is highly visible even in direct sunlight. The SkyView suite will include a COM-C25 CON radio, SkyView 2S stereo intercom, SV-XPNDR-261 transponder, and a mode S transponder.

The instrument panel will also integrate standard equipment including central console stick flight controls, an iPad mini with electronic flight book, checklists, and backup electronic flight instrument system (EFIS). The avionics will further include a SkyView auto pilot and an angle of attack indicator (AOA).

Wave LSA cabin details

The cockpit / cabin will measure 1.34m-wide, 1.4m-long and 1.20m-high, and will accommodate two people. The on-trailer cabin will have a width of 2.44m, a length of 8.5m and a height of 1.2m. The cabin will include a baggage space offering a storage volume of 25ft³ (0.71m³).

The cabin will incorporate heaters and climate control fans, and feature dual sliding side doors for unobstructed and safe entry or exit, high-visibility front windscreen, drink holders, and seats with arm rests and inertia reel 4-point seatbelts with airbags.

Engine and performance details of the Wave aircraft

"The cabin will incorporate heaters and climate control fans, and feature dual sliding side doors for unobstructed and safe entry or exit, high-visibility front windscreen, drink holders, and seats with arm rests and inertia reel 4-point seatbelts with airbags."

The aircraft will be powered by a Continental Titan IO-340ccc engine with a rated power of 180hp. The engine will drive a 72in Catto three-bladed propeller. The aircraft will burn auto-gas or aviation gas and will have a full fuel capacity of 190l.

The Wave LSA will have a maximum cruise speed of 120kt (222km/h) and maximum range of 720nmi (1,333km). It will require 600ft (182m) of distance for take-off / landing. It will have a maximum take-off weight of 648kg (1,430lb), and can transport a useful load of 227kg.

Key suppliers for the Wave LSA

Core Builders Composites deliver advanced composites components for the main fuselage, floatation elements and wing skins of the Wave LSA.

AVEO Engineering supplies LED lighting systems, while BRS Aerospace provides parachute systems for the aircraft.