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Submarine Adventures 2008

The Ultimate in Low Level Flying

If you want to fly low, as in deep beneath the sea, then you'll want to get yourself to the Bahamas this August.

We're excited to announce the debut of The Super Aviator, a one-of-a-kind two-seat submersible designed to "fly" underwater, much the way a fixed wing aircraft would. The Super Aviator features the latest in underwater technology and allows you to witness the wonders of the ocean without getting wet.

The Aviator is taking time out from her work with film crews and undersea explorers to travel to the Bahamas, so her owners, Sub Aviator Systems, LLC, can train a new crop of underwater pilots.  For two weeks, she'll be based at Port Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island, near Freeport.

A limited number of spots are available in the upcoming Bahamas SAS Flight School. An introductory piloting course is also being offered that includes initial land training and a single "sea exploration" flight.

June 2008 Video

Sub Aviator Specifications

Sub Aviator Systems
Type of Craft Private Submersible
Number of Passengers 2
Cockpit Pressure Test Depth (instrumentated) Feet Sea Water (fsw) 1600
Factory Manned Test Depth (full test). fsw (Note: Above is the effective ABS depth rating.) 1250
SAS (Sub Aviator Systems) Operational Max Owner Operational Depth fsw(M) 1,000 fsw (330)
Note: Basic Hull Safety Factor for ABS = 1.25 for SAS = 1.6
Width with Main Wings Deployed 12.2 (3.75)
Width with Main Wings Folded 5.3 (1.65)
Maximum Height Off Deck Sub on Dolly 6.0 (1.85)
Minimum Water Depth Surfaced 3.0 (1.0)
Length 22 Feet (6.70)
WEIGHTS lbs (Kg)
Dry Transport Weight (excluding batteries) 3800 (1725)
Modular (interchangeable) Battery Packs 700 (320)
Launch Weight 4900 (2225)
Higher performance thrusters and battery modules are available. Unless otherwise stated performance is based on standard thrusters and utility lead acid battery pack. These craft are designed to upgrade to battery technology (possibly to use fuel cells) as it becomes practical.
Max Decent Rate 320 ft/min
Max Ascent Rate 600 ft/min
Max Speed with Optional Thrusters - Silver Zinc (Military) Battery (est.) 7.9 kts
Speed Knots 5.2 kts
Typical Tow Speed with 70 Hp RIB (est.) 7 kts
Max Range - Lead Acid Traction Battery Nm Nautical Miles (est.) 20 Nm
Minimum Staff Speed with Recommended Positive Buoyancy, Knots est. 0.6 kts
Useable speed/range/endurance envelope with standard thrust and batteries to recommended 60% discharge point.
Number of Short One Hour (training) Dives per Day 4
Duration of Hard/Fast High Energy Mission to 40% Energy Reserves 3 hours
Duration of Typical Long Range Search Mission to 40% Energy Reserves 5 hours
Note: Performance with Silver Zinc or Future Batteries correspondingly improved.
Pitch/Roll - Typical Relaxed Piloting Range /- Degrees 30
Pitch/Roll for "Hydrobatic" Maneuvers Degrees (excluding battery issues) No Limits
Note: Flight controls match standard military aircraft layout. Joystick Mechanically interlinked with full feel (position and force) for pitch & roll.
Rudder Pedals - Mechanically interlinked for heading.
Thrust Lever - Left side, mechanically interlinked with auto thrust lock out on start up.
Directional Thrust - Electronically linked for reverse, cut out and differential.
Power Sequencer - Electronically linked dual, power up and thrust enable switching.
Emergency Air Bags - Dual redundant activation for surface egress.
Drop Weight - Dual redundant activation (redundant because of fixed positive buoyancy and bags for emergency surface egress).
Attitude Indicator - Pitch/roll attitude indicator in front and rear instrument cluster.
Compass - Standard navigational compass in front and rear instrument cluster.
Depth Gauge - Standard depth gauge in front and rear instrument cluster.
Surface Communication - Standard VHF(s).
Underwater Communication - DSP-based digital communication system.
Sonar - Polar scanning sonar with heads-up display.

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