MVP Model 3

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Model 3
MVP Model3.jpg
Model 3 on display
Role Amphibious light sport aircraft
Manufacturer MVP.Aero Inc.
Designer Mike Van Staagen
Introduction 2014
Status Under development
Unit cost
US $169,000 Experimental - $189,000 S-LSA[1]

The MVP Model 3 is a prototype American "triphibian" light-sport aircraft, displayed in mockup form in 2014. The aircraft is under development by MVP.Aero Inc. of Delaware.

The company has its design and engineering team in Duluth, Minnesota, with management and administration based in Minneapolis.[2] In January 2016 it was announced that the plane will be built in Brunswick, Maine.[3]

Design and development[edit]

The MVP Model 3 is designed to operate on land, water, snow and ice. The floor panels can be rearranged to accommodate fishing or camping. The design will be marketed in several versions, including the E-AB, E-LSA, and S-LSA.[4] The aircraft is a two-seats in side-by-side configuration with a pusher propeller and folding wings, which are constructed with carbon-fiber composite spars and covered with fabric. The balance of the airframe is constructed from a combination of carbon fiber and fiberglass. Electric thrusters help the aircraft manoeuvre in the water.[5][6][7]

The design allows the canopy to be raised on a four bar system to sit above the engine cowling. This leaves the cockpit area open for fishing from and can also allow mounting of a tent for camping, with the floor panels inserted. With the canopy fully open the engine can still be run for water maneuvering.[7]

The Model 3's lead designer, Mike Van Staagen, is a former Cirrus Aircraft engineer who played a key role in the design and development of the Cirrus Vision SF50 personal jet, as well as the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 composite light aircraft.[8]


Model 3 E-AB
Model 3 E-LSA
Model 3 S-LSA

Specifications (MVP Model 3)[edit]

Data from Company[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 23 ft 9 in (7.24 m) wings extended, 8.1 m (26 ft 7 in) wings folded
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
  • Width: 8 ft 0 in (2.44 m) wings folded
  • Fuel capacity: 26 US gal (22 imp gal; 98 l)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 914 horizontally-opposed piston aircraft engine, 115 hp (86 kW)


  • Cruise speed: 104 kn (120 mph, 193 km/h) at sea level
  • Stall speed: 41 kn (47 mph, 76 km/h) with full flaps
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s) at sea level
  • Wing loading: 11 lb/sq ft (54 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ "First LSA Triphib". Sport Aviation: 14. September 2014.
  2. ^ "MVP - About Us". Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  3. ^ "'Flying boat' maker lands in Brunswick". Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b "MVP Model 3". Archived from the original on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ James Wynbrandt (28 July 2014). " announces new LSA triphibian". Airventue Today. p. 12.
  6. ^ "MVP Amphib Adds Versatility". Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 69. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  8. ^ Stephen Pope (July 2014). "MVP Amphibian Offers Ultimate Versatility".

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