Rodrigo Scoda - Photo: Eric TuckerOnce of the great things about Sun-n-Fun is that you never know who you are going to meet.  While wandering to find lunch, a voice calls our names and we turn and there is the ever friendly Rodrigo Scoda of Super Petrel.  For those of you that haven’t heard of the Super Petrel, here are a few key bits of information.

First, the Petrel has been around for about 20 years now.  That’s a long time to perfect things.  The Super Petrel is an amphibious Biplane, with very sleek styling.  It is powered with a reliable and fuel efficient Rotax Aircraft Engine.

So why a Biplane?  Glad you asked …
First, it provides efficient lift.  Second, along with the efficient lift, having a lower wing means that the aircraft remains in ground effect longer during take off and this is important as it means it can accelerate to climb airspeed quickly after it leaves the water.
Another thing you might notice – it has NO FLAPS.  Because of the lift, it has a very low stall speed. So low, it does not need flaps.

There are many unique features to this aircraft.  Ahh, but I digress… after speaking with Rodrigo for a few minutes, he could not hold in the fact, that they are preparing to receive the new Rotax 915iS engine.  It will mean a lot of development and testing – but he is so excited about it.

So if you are in the area, come on down and say hi.  We are sure you will love the aircraft and enjoy talking with one of the most enthusiastic people we know.  They are in booth LD002 (near the food court).  If you are not at the show, you can find them online at