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Certified Seawind Inches Closer

A small company in Pennsylvania has been working for more than a decade to create a certified ready-to-fly version of the popular Seawind kit-built amphibian, and now they’re back at it after shutting down for a year. Fresh funding in hand, the company owners say a brand-new prototype will be flying by the end of this summer. How long it will take from that first flight to when the first customer flies one home is anyone’s guess, but the Seawind folks say they don’t know how to give up. The single-engine aircraft can land or take off from land or water, carries four adults, and flies at up to 200 mph. Prices start at $350,000; the company is taking deposits now. (610.384.7000, www.seawind.net)

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