MVP.Aero is developing a carbon fiber folding-wing LSA amphibian that will be able to operate comfortably from smooth and rough strips, water, snow, and ice. The design’s most compelling feature is that the forward canopy moves upward and back to sit atop the engine pylon. This frees up the nose of the MVP to resemble the front of a classic bass-type fishing boat. The flat forward surface is large enough for two people to stretch out and sleep after deploying a fitted tent and inflating a fitted air mattress. There’s also a hammock that stretches between the rear of the engine pylon and the tail. A prop lock mechanism prevents someone from firing up the Rotax 912/914 engine with the hammock attached.
The MVP will be offered first as an Experimental/Amateur-Built kit, then as an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft, and finally as a fully produced Special Light Sport Aircraft. The prototype is expected to fly within the next 18 to 24 months. E/AB versions will be available in roughly three years, ELSA kits in four years, and SLSA versions in five years. Pricing is expected to be $169,000 for the kit versions and $189,000 for the factory-built SLSA. For more information visit www.mvp.aero, send email to [email protected], or call 800.273.8909 Ext. 1.