Avtek 400

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Role Business aircraft
Manufacturer Avtek
Designer Al Mooney
First flight 17 September 1984
Number built 1

The Avtek 400 was a prototype turboprop-powered business aircraft developed in the United States in the early 1980s. It was of unusual and distinctive configuration - a low-wing monoplane with two pusher engines mounted above the wings, and a large canard mounted atop the forward fuselage. The aircraft's sleek, futuristic design earned it a guest appearance on the Airwolf TV series as the X-400, the plane used by the villain Lou Stappleford in the episode Eagles.

The Avtek's structure made extensive use of advanced composite materials throughout.

In 1998, Avtek declared bankruptcy without the prototype having completed the testing required for US FAA type certification. The company's assets were purchased by AvtekAir, who as of 2004 were planning to revive the project under the designation AvtekAir 9000T.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2 pilots
  • Capacity: 8 passengers
  • Length: 39 ft 4 in (12.00 m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 5 in (10.50 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 9 in (3.27 m)
  • Empty weight: 3,220 lb (1,460 kg)
  • Gross weight: 6,000 lb (2,700 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-3, 680 hp (510 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 427 mph (685 km/h)
  • Range: 2,610 miles (4,190 km)
  • Service ceiling: 42,640 ft (13,000 m)

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