The Boeing B-17F "Flying Fortress" AFA-317th Chapter Aircraft

"It has served, unlike any other bomber, through all of the Second World War. It had become a legend in its time. A tribute to the men who had conceived, designed, and built it-and a monument to the remarkable young men, most of them boys who flew it. These men, and this plane, accomplished one of the most frightening missions ever demanded of men and aircraft. Together they helped end history's last "Glorious War".


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Air Force Association Miami Chapter, The 317th Conducts a Technical Reviews and Inspection Of The New Dornier SeaStar

Photographed with aircraft D-ISEA at TurnBerry Aviation at Opa Locka Airport is Air Force Association Maimi Chapter, 317th member and liaision to the Israeli Defense Force Mr. Avi Mizarchi Carrying German civil aircraft registration of D-ISEA the Dornier SeaStar sit in a impeccably clean aircraft hangar at TurnBerry Aviation
Shown is Air Force Association Miami Chapter President Benny F. Benitez (center) accompanied by Mr. Julio D. Somarriba, Jr, President & CEO of Wisetouch Interiors an aircraft interior service company (left) and Mr. George Moussa of Triton Aviation, Inc., Aerospace Interior Consultant
The Doriner SeaStar is a Pratt & Whitney PT6 powered In line Turbo-Prop

Opa Locka, Florida 20th January 2010: Seastar is an ALL-COMPOSITE 12-seat, 10,000-lb. amphibious flying boat. The Seastar CD 2 series aircraft type is LBA and FAA certified to FAR Part 23 amendment 34. It is the top of the line version and will be the first to market. The aircraft is all composite and powered by two reliable Pratt & Whitney PT-6 turboprop engines. It will feature state-of-the-art cockpit avionics, exterior and interior design, layouts, accessories, and comfort systems. The advanced Seastar design incorporates more than 90 years of Dornier engineering know-how and experience in the operation of seaplanes.
The Air Force Association Miami Chapter, the 317th led by its President Benny F. Benitez, Chapter Secretary Catherine Smallwood and Chapter member Avi Mizarchi, undertook a detailed physical exterior inspection of the Doriner SeaStar, so as to learn of the aircraft technical and operational attributes. This included a review of the aircraft technical manuals for familiarity. Provided below are a few technical attributes that make this a one of kind aircraft.
General characteristicsCrew: 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

PerformanceCruising speed: 341 km/h (212 mph)
Stall speed: 115 km/h (72 mph)
Range: 1,850 km (1,150 miles)
Endurance: 9 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)
Being that leadership at the Air Force Association, Miami Chapter, the 317th is comprised of pure aviation professionals starting with their President, their Vice President and the Chapter Secretary and for the benefit of the Aerospace education, the Chapter plans to have various "Aircraft Reviews" for the student body of the local Miami-Dade Schools, Jr. AFROTC and AFROTC Det 155 at University of Miami.


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