Fly Synthesis Catalina

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Fly Synthesis Catalina at AERO Friedrichshafen 2018, Friedrichshafen (1X7A4291).jpg
Role Ultralight and light-sport amphibious flying boat
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Fly Synthesis
Introduction 2010
Status In production
Unit cost
38,000 (2015)

The Fly Synthesis Catalina NG is an Italian ultralight and light-sport amphibious flying boat, designed and produced by Fly Synthesis, introduced at the Aero show held in Friedrichshafen in 2010. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The manufacturer says the design borrowed from the development of the earlier Fly Synthesis Storch, stating, "The Catalina NG project evolved from the Storch amphibious aircraft experience".[3]

The Catalina was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules and US light-sport aircraft rules. It features a strut-braced high-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration open cockpit, electrically retractable tricycle landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1][2]

The aircraft is made from composite material, predominately carbon fibre and fibreglass. Its 9.47 m (31.1 ft) span wing has an area of 12.6 m2 (136 sq ft) and electrically-operated flaperons. The standard engine available is the 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 two-stroke powerplant. Folding wings and a ballistic parachute are optional equipment.[1][2][3]

Specifications (Catalina NG)[edit]

Data from Manufacturer and Bayerl[1][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 6.28 m (20 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.47 m (31 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 2.49 m (8 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 12.6 m2 (136 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 292 kg (644 lb)
  • Gross weight: 495 kg (1,091 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 50 litres (11 imp gal; 13 US gal) in two 25 litres (5.5 imp gal; 6.6 US gal) tanks
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 582 twin cylinder, liquid-cooled, two stroke aircraft engine, 48 kW (64 hp)


  • Cruise speed: 125 km/h (78 mph; 67 kn)
  • Stall speed: 60 km/h (37 mph; 32 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 150 km/h (93 mph; 81 kn)
  • g limits: +4/-2
  • Rate of climb: 4.5 m/s (890 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 39.3 kg/m2 (8.0 lb/sq ft)


  1. ^ a b c d Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 52. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 54. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ a b c Fly Synthesis (2011). "Catalina NG - Technical data". Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 

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