Drag reduction has been one of the key development aims in the design of transport aircraft. Seaplanes are inheritably of high drag due to their boat-like shape and exposed floats
Tigerfish has sought to reduce the drag of floatplanes by retracting and morphing the floats into a streamline shape below the fuselage. This reduces the drag by
- Concealing the boat-like shapes from the airstream
- Reducing the surface area exposed to the airstream
Designers have worked on the problem in the past on aircraft such as the Catalina and Blackburn B20.
Tigerfish’s development program to date has comprised
Upcoming development activities planned
- Continuing and expanding the work to date
- Full size non-operable pannier testing
- Detail design and prototype construction
- Certification, manufacture, sales, market support.