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Dornier Seawings completes first flight of Seastar prototype
The aircraft performed as expected over the 32 minute flight, with an initial assessment of the handling qualities and systems. Flight tests for water operation are scheduled for this summer.
This prototype represents the production/certification configuration.

The second prototype of Dornier Seawings' new generation Seastar CD-2 seaplane has successfully completed its first flight at the OEM's Oberpfaffenhofen plant near Munich. Serial number 1004 conducted a flight that lasted 32 minutes; the aircraft performed as expected with an initial assessment of the handling qualities and the aircraft systems. Flight tests for water operation are scheduled for this summer.

"This maiden flight is another major milestone for the Seastar programme toward our goal of achieving the 'new' EASA certification in 2025 and bringing this unique seaplane to the market. The aircraft structure is made entirely of composites, and the ability to transport up to nine passengers together with the proven typical Dornier boat-shaped style give us significant advantages against every other aircraft on the market or under construction right now. This prototype represents the production/certification configuration," says managing director Cui Yihua.

The Seastar is the ultimate amphibious seaplane, developed jointly between Dornier Seawings Germany and Dornier Seawings China, and engineered to operate from runways and water surfaces. It provides fast access to yachts or waterfront properties for owners looking for a premium and exclusive craft, but it is also designed with unrivalled versatility and performance for airlines commuting to distant islands, for agencies connecting remote territories inaccessible by other means or for adventurous spirits delighted to possess something unique.

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