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SEEKER: The low-cost surveillance aircraft

The Seeker is a versatile, purpose built, light observation aircraft specifically designed and developed for surveillance missions.

The Seeker is the most cost-effective surveillance aircraft on the market today. The Seeker’s low acquisition cost and very low direct operating cost makes it an affordable solution for cost conscious operators.

The Seeker provides helicopter-like surveillance capabilities specific to visibility and maneuverability and is unmatched when compared to other ISR configured fixed wing aircraft. Importantly, the Seeker is remarkably less expensive to own and operate than an ISR configured helicopter.

Seeker Aircraft, Inc. manufactures, sells, and supports fielded Seeker aircraft worldwide, offering an affordable solution for light aircraft observation needs across the globe.

The Seeker, a CASA and FAA Part 23 Normal Category certified aircraft, features a side-by-side configured, NVG compatible, cockpit with glass navigation. This configuration results in improved pilot and operator awareness and communications.

The Seeker’s high mounted pusher propeller, tail wheel configuration and, under fuselage and under wing hard mounting points for mission equipment, make the Seeker a superior aircraft for short take offs and landings, especially when operating under austere conditions.

History

Seeker was founded by Australian pilot Don Adams. After serving as a mechanical engineer in the Royal Australian Air Force during the last years of World War II, he returned to his native Queensland where he began flying as a fumigator aboard a biplane “de Havilland Tiger Moth”. He subsequently founded an FBO (fixed-base operator) with a fleet of aircraft in Hervey Bay, on australia’s east coast.

In 1968, he saw great potential on Lady Elliot Island, regarded as a true wasteland after the guano was extracted and used as a phosphate fertilizer, and decided to transform it. He took a barge, a pickaxe and a shovel and built an airstrip for his plane, runway that is still in use. He established a small resort for birdwatchers and diving: the surrounding waters that today has become one of the main diving spots in Queensland

Technical Specifications

Dimensions

Standard Features

  • Garmin GTN 750/650 Navigation
  • IFR Certified
  • Digital Engine Monitor System
  • NVG Compatible Lighting
  • Vortex Generators
  • Fixed Slats
  • Wing Stall Fences
  • Wing Cuffs
  • 6” Main Wheels and Brakes
  • 00 X 6 Tires
  • Tail Wheel with Directional Control
  • Dual Controls
  • Vertical Speed Indicator
  • 4-Point Inertia Reel Seat Harnesses
  • Alternator
  • Annunciator Panel
  • Navigational Strobe Lights
  • Landing And Taxiing Light
  • Cabin Fan Heater-demister
  • Concorde Sealed Battery
  • Airspeed Indicator
  • Altimeter
  • Turn-coordinator
  • Outside Air Temperature Gauge
  • Tachometer/Hour Meter
  • Fuel Gauges (Left and Right)
  • Stall Warning Indicator
  • Compass
  • Clock
  • Hobbs Hour Meter
  • Attitude Indicator
  • Directional Indicator
  • GPS Communications
  • Garmin VHF Radio
  • Transponder
  • Audio Panel
  • Altitude Encoder

Characteristics

  • Short Takeoff and Landing from Unprepared Surfaces
  • Dual Cockpit with Side By Side Seating
  • Unrestricted 270 Degree Cockpit Visibility
  • Unimpeded Sensor Field of View
  • High Mounted Rear Engine
  • Stable Sensor Platform
  • Low Vibration
  • High Mounted Pusher Propeller
  • Agile Handling Characteristics
  • Stable Stall Characteristics
  • No Fuel Lines in Cockpit
  • Metal Fuselage
  • Simple Construction
  • Easy Field Maintenance
  • Commercial “Off The Shelf” Parts
  • Conventional Tail Wheel Landing Gear
  • Easy Assembly and Disassembly In The Field
  • Fits in 40’ Sealand Container or a C-130
  • Low Audible Threshold

Performance

  • 15,000 Feet Maximum Operating Altitude
  • 48 Gallon Usable Standard Fuel
  • 7-9 Gallons Hourly Fuel Burn Rate at Loiter Speed
  • 48 Knot Stall Speed with 40° Flaps
  • 58 Knot Stall Speed with 0° Flaps
  • 1,540 Feet Landing Distance
  • 540NM @ Cruise Range
  • 454NM Patrol Speed (65 Knots)

SB7L-360A

  • Lycoming 0-360B2C Engine
  • Bishton BB177-53 Propeller
  • 2,039 lbs Maximum Gross T/O Weight
  • 1,919 Feet to Clear 50’ Obstacle
  • 168 Horsepower
  • 100LL or MOGAS

SB7L-360A2

  • Lycoming IO-390A1A6 Engine
  • Bishton BB177-55 Propeller
  • 2,147 lbs Maximum Gross T/O Weight
  • 1,870 Feet to Clear 50’ Obstacle
  • 210 Horsepower
  • 100LL
  • 770 lbs Useful Load

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Contact

Oscar Fernández

Teléfono: + 34 722 67 31 66
Email: oscar@aluzona.com