The Seagull uses all composite, graphite construction,
making it light weight and strong, thus applying "Lancair technology to the
bottom of the flying food chain." For the trike pilot this translates to
comfort and efficiency.
The Seagull is equipped
with manually retractable landing gear, and all three wheels using only
quality sailboat style pulleys and blocks. The main gear retracts up into
the area behind the pilot and the nose wheel into a wheel well above the
The pilot canopy opens forward for entrance and exit, and
locks for flight, with the control bar running through openings in the
side. Neoprene side covers are available to close off the control bar area
for cold weather, or competition flying.
The Seagull is using the Northwing Stratos for soaring,
and the Northwing Pacer for cross country flying. Power is being supplied
by the electric start equipped Italia GPX Black Devil 25 horsepower single
cylinder two stroke engine. Michael reports that this engine is very smooth
With the GPX engine and the Stratos wing climb rate comes
in at 400 feet per minute, cruise speed comes in at between 45 and 70 mph
depending on the wing used. Glide ratio with engine shut off and gear
retracted comes in a between 15 and 17 to 1.
The Seagull is Part 103 legal. Base price of the ready to
fly units includes a BRS parachute, engine, and instruments. The Seagull is
only sold through a dealer network to ensure that the pilot is qualified to
fly this style of craft.
The Seagull has been under development for four years,
and several are currently being completed for customers.