Dornier S-Ray 007 - Overview
The new Dornier S-Ray 007 is based on one of the first successful Dornier flying boats (Libelle from 1921 by Claude Dornier) and has been modernized as an amphibian multi-purpose aircraft to handle the land and the sea.
The design brief for the S-Ray 007 dictated intelligent engineering with a style, that could not be anything else but Dornier; it is simple, functional, understated, beautiful - the aircraft for a passionate pilot to fly the soul.
From Libelle to S-Ray 007
The design is based on one of the first successful Dornier flying boat, Libelle, from 1921 by Claude Dornier and has been modernized as an amphibian multi-purpose aircraft to handle the land and the sea. Almost 86 years later, Iren Dornier, the grandson of Claude Dornier, created with its team the Dornier S-Ray 007. From its original look and with its new design it still can be identified to be a true Dornier aircraft.
Ultimate Amphibian Aircraft
Modern lightweight carbon and composite structure in its favorable configuration provide a comparatively high resistance against fatigue assuring a well proportional payload and range and terminate recent corrosion problems on aluminum structures.
Aerodynamic and hydrodynamic properties and the handling qualities turned out to be excellent. The shape has been analyzed by CFD methods. The high wing attachment provides a shadow environment, where cockpit heat radiation is much less.
Up to 30 degree flap selection will slow down the aircraft in ground effect to a minimum speed where low speed flight characteristics are extremely good-natured.
The aircraft has an hydraulic-actuated tricycle landing gear, which can be extended in the water in order to move up or down a ramp. A retractable water rudder assists to control and maneuvers the aircraft even at slow speeds.
On the practical side, the aircraft is built to be transportable in a container or on a trailer, where the wing can be folded 90-degrees within seconds.
Along this versatility allows the aircraft, for example to be transported on deck of a ship, where it can be lowered by a crane on a single hook and released for take off in the water or vice versa.