In case you're traveling to the snow-clad mountains of Alaska this year, you might get a look at one of these cute skiplanes that look like a huge moth you can ride up in the sky. Designed and manufactured by French luxury aircraft company, Lisa the high-end amphibious skiplane AKOYA is up for display for the first time in North America at the EAA AirVenture 2012 airshow. The show which is visited by more than 500,000 visitors every year seems to be the prime destination for aviation enthusiasts as well as the aircraft companies to showcase their designs.
Unlike other skiplane manufacturers, AKOYA imbibes Mufti-Access patented technology that gives it a unique design and makes it a more suitable plane for landing from and to different terrains, water or ice. It comes with a pair of Seafoils, which are in fact hydrofoils located below the plane's fuselage, intended for use on the water surface. In case you're wondering where exactly the skis are, they are integrated with the retractable landing gear to reduce drag on the plane. The plane is built with a number of composite materials that include fiberglass, carbon prepreg and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics. The US version of the plane will enjoy a top speed of 138 mph with the range of 1,000 miles and 36 mpg fuel consumption.