Progressive Aerodyne was founded in 1991 by Kerry Richter and his business partners, Wayne Richter and Paige Lynette. With a long family history of building ultralight amphibious aircrafts, the company took the opportunity to create a new amphibious aircraft design and named it the Searey. Thus, the Searey took form and began flying in November 1992.
The next year, the Searey Classic was introduced to the general public and was very well received, assuring two years worth of orders for the company and marking a place for the Searey name in aviation history. Since then, Progressive Aerodyne has enjoyed a dominant position in the light sport amphibious experimental aircraft market.
In January 2010, a significantly improved model, the Searey LSX, was introduced to the aviation community. This model has continued to gain international momentum. To date, close to 600 Searey Kits have been delivered to customers and over 500 are flying worldwide.
The company has continued to grow and increase its presence throughout the United States and internationally. It now has an established national and worldwide distribution network. Over the years, Searey amphibious airplanes have sparked a loyal following which has generated an international community of Searey owners and pilots around the globe.
In May 2010, the company moved their headquarters from Orlando to Tavares, Florida, known as ‘America’s Seaplane City’, to facilitate its growth.
In June 2014, Searey expanded it global reach with the opening of its sales office in Shanghai, China, to support the sale of Searey Light Sport Amphibious Airplanes. The Searey was first presented to the China market at air shows in 2009, where interest in Searey airplanes was overwhelming.
Currently, The Searey is the only LSA seaplane manufactured in America with certification in China. Approximately 15-20 Seareys are exported to China annually.
Speaking of international appeal, there are more Seareys in Australia than any other type of Seaplane. Aussie, Michael Smith, flew his Searey around the world in 2015, being the first man to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine hulled seaplane. You can read more about his journey here http://southernsun.voyage/
Today Progressive Aerodyne in Tavares, Florida manufactures finished Searey seaplanes and is currently in full production of two configurations of Searey LSA models; the Searey Adventure and the Searey Elite. Both have received FAA certification for airworthiness. In addition, the company continues to manufacture Searey LSX kit airplanes.
HOW SEAREY WORK
The SeaRey’s landing gear consists of two main retractable wheels and a tailwheel in conventional landing gear configuration. Originally the landing gear was retracted for water operations by means of a mechanical Johnson-bar lever that raises or lowers all three wheels simultaneously. More recent retraction options include: manual, hydraulic or electric. The electric actuator is the newest and most popular, but the manual is the lightest