In The Works: Archedyne NauticAir 450
Archedyne Aerospace of Merritt Island, Fla., is still pursuing Lake Aircraft and Armand Rivard for a $1.4 million judgment, which Rivard has appealed, and development of the Archedyne NauticAir 450 has been on hold for three years during the legal wrangling, but now a group of five “advisors” has added the amphibian business jet to its proposed line of amphibian airplanes that includes designs seating 110, 210, 364 and 530 passengers. The Reston Elders of Reston, Va., plan to display models of all five jet-powered amphibs at September’s Aerospace Congress and Exhibition in Montreal. Chas Willits, an aeronautical engineer and one of the Elders, told AIN that Dr. G. Leonard Gioia has approved several design changes to the 450, including the engines (Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F instead of the Williams-Rolls FJ44-2) and wing design. Dr. Gioia said he expects the legal matters with Lake Aircraft to be resolved in a few months.