Sea Jet 51/Sea Flite 61 Flying Boats

Burke Design provided a wide range of composite engineering services during 2003-2004 for the Sea Jet 51 and Sea Flite 61 flying boat development programs. We worked closely with noted aircraft designer Daivd Thurston, of Thurston Aeromarine Corp., and builder Meikle Marine and Machine, Inc., of Tiverton, RI, to perform the structural analyses and develop the structural arrangements and composite laminate schedules for these innovative, all-carbon/epoxy craft. Burke Design produced full-scale CAD drawings to drive the builder’s CNC router and to assist with the manufacture of tooling and parts. We provided extensive on-site engineering and technical support during the new prototype production, assembly and flight test phases of the program. Built for a New York investor, a fully optimized, enlarged version of the craft was to be FAA and USCG certified, and produced in series to provide water taxi service between islands in the Caribbean Sea.