- Jul 29, 2005
- Orange County, California
I think the point that Aircar is getting at is two fold, both related to the forward-hinged canopy:...As for mooring, can't you moor it at both the sponson and the nose, so it lies with a 45 degree angle towards a pier and you can easily step off the sponson?
Why can't you beach it? Not enough static thrust? Or is it impossible to extend the landing gear while floating?
For one, if you tie up at a dock, even at a 45° like you're saying, the canopy gets in the way of tying up the forward line. For another, if beaching the aircraft, you have to exit over the side, getting your feet wet and dirty. And that counts in both directions - you'll be tracking mud and water into the cockpit when entering, too.
Both of these are reasons that the Osprey II had a rear-hinged canopy. A lesson the Icon folks seem to have ignored.