Dornier Seastar

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Dornier Seastar D-ICKS.jpg
Role Utility amphibian
National origin Germany/United States
Manufacturer Dornier Seaplane Company
Designer Claudius Dornier Jr (de)
First flight 17 August 1984

The Dornier Seastar is a turboprop-powered amphibious aircraft built largely of composite materials. Developed by Claudius Dornier Jr (de) of Germany, it first flew in 1985[citation needed]. The design is owned by Claudius Jr's son, Conrado, who founded Dornier Seawings AG (now Dornier Seaplane Company) to continue work on the project.

Design and development[edit]

The Seastar is a parasol wing flying boat, with its two engines mounted in a single nacelle over the wings in a push-pull configuration. In general layout, it strongly resembles both the innovative Dornier Wal all-metal monoplane flying boat of the 1920s, of which over 250 examples were built; and its direct successor, the larger Dornier Flugzeugwerke's Do 18 of the 1930s.

The first prototype, a proof-of-concept aircraft using the metal wings from a Dornier Do 28 and with large struts bracing the wing to the sponsons, made its maiden flight from Hamburg on 17 August 1984.[1] The second prototype, representing the definitive design was larger, and featured a new composite wing, connected with a set of cabane struts to the fuselage only. It first flew from Oberpfaffenhofen on 24 April 1987.[1]

In October 2009, Dornier Seaplane announced that it would launch production of the Seastar.[2]

In May 2010, Dornier Seaplane announced that it would build the Seastar in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, about half an hour away from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[3]


Seastar CD-2 

Specifications (Seastar CD-2)[edit]

The Dornier Seastar on the Wolfgangsee in Austria

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1988-89[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One or two
  • Capacity: 12 passengers
  • Length: 12.46 m (40 ft 10½ in)
  • Wingspan: 15.50 m (50 ft 10¼ in)
  • Height: 4.60 m (15 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 28.48 m2 (306.6 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 2,400 kg (5,291 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,200 kg (9,259 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-112, 373 kW (500 hp) each each


  • Cruising speed: 341 km/h (212 mph)
  • Stall speed: 115 km/h (72 mph)
  • Range: 1,850 km (1,150 miles)
  • Endurance: 9[5] hours  12 min
  • Service ceiling: 8,535 m (28,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 8.0 m/s (1,575 ft/min)
  • Takeoff Distance to 15 m (50 ft): 410 m (1,345 ft)
  • Landing Distance from 15 m (50 ft) (on land): 480 m (1,575 ft)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ a b Air International October 1988, p. 189.
  2. ^ Sarsfield, Kate (2009-10-22). "NBAA 09: Buoyant seaplane market triggers Seastar launch". flightglobal. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ Jolicoeur, Marin (2010-06-05). "Aérospatiale: Dornier s'implantera finalement au Québec". les affaires. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ Taylor 1988, pp. 86–87.
  5. ^ One engine

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