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AQUAPLANE

The ultimate tool for adventure

With my passion for adventure travel, I am always looking for fun innovative ways to get around and explore remote and beautiful parts of the world. So far these have included flying, driving, boating, motorcycling.

  Now I have designed and built a craft that can fly effortlessly across the ocean's surface or wind its way up the Amazon river, using ground effect just like a seabird gliding close to the water's surface to save energy.  

Kester Haynes 

 

AQUAPLANE DESIGN CONCEPT

To create a craft that can travel across the surface of the water at speeds comparable to a fast speed boat but using a fraction of the power with a glassy smooth ride. Giving the pilot a real sensation of speed and the ultimate unobstructed view, with controls that would be familiar to any fixed-wing pilot.

All this without the need for a pilots license. 

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DRIVEN BY A PASSION TO MAKE THING'S FLY!

I work in the paramotor industry as a test pilot, design, and development engineer.

  I started work on the Aquaplane project back in 2015 purely as a personal project working on prototypes and testing whenever possible. It was relatively quick to prove its concept with prototype number 1 largely based on "If it looks right it usually is right!" 

 Now in 2020 and on prototype number 3, this is where the hard work starts making this concept into a really, safe, and user-friendly piece of kit! 

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2 STROKE POWER

I am utilizing a single-cylinder liquid cooled 2 stroke engine for its great simplicity and huge power to weight ratio

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SIMPLICITY

When traveling in remote parts of the world it's essential to be able to make repairs and take care of maintenance with limited resources. This is why I have focused on utilizing common technologies and materials, brought together to create a really awesome flying experience.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Aquaplane K42

Crew 1 Pilot 

Max speed 65mph 

Cruise speed 40-50mph 

Range Tank size not yet finalized 

Fuel consumption  7L/h approx

Power plant Single cylinder water cooled 2 stroke, dual ignition

BHP 54

Propeller 4 blade fixed pitch carbon fiber 1..6m 

Dry weight 165kg

Payload ---

Length 6m

Wingspan 5.9m

Height 

Trailer dimensions 

Specifications are subject to change, testing, and development, ongoing..

 

FUTURE MODELS

Watch this space

2 SEATER

Having reached a stage in the development process where I am really enjoying the experience of piloting this craft and dreaming of my first expedition, its now made me realize that a 2 seater in the model range will be essential so this experience and adventure can be shared..

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ELECTRIC

As I develop the Aquaplane for greater efficiency it will make perfect sense to design an all-electric model with zero-emissions and reduced noise levels. Making this craft extremely low impact on the environment.

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FUN FLYING IN WALES 

Racing Bear Grylls around his island 

Bear Grylls takes on the challenge of racing a FLYING BOAT. His good friend and incredible inventor Kester Haynes introduces him to his remarkable Aquaplane before taking to the sea for a race to the Island.

 

Making the transition from the garage to the water as quick and easy as possible will be a high priority with my design. You can see here the Aqauaplne being packed on to a custom-built trailer.

 
 
 

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