Evektor EV-55 Outback

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EV-55 Outback
EV-55-Outback-03.jpg
Role Twin-engined utility aircraft
National origin Czech Republic
Manufacturer Evektor-Aerotechnik
First flight 24 June 2011
Status under development
Number built one prototype

Evektor EV-55 Outback is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft that was designed and is built in the Czech Republic by Evektor-Aerotechnik. The prototype first flew on 24 June 2011.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

In 2004 the company announced its plan to design and construct a two-engined utility aircraft that would carry up to 14 passengers or 4000 lb (1800 kg) of cargo, and operate from unimproved fields and at high-altitude airports. The aircraft will have three configurations: passenger transport, cargo transport and combined operations with space in front for cargo and passenger accommodation aft.[citation needed]

The EV-55 is of conventional high-wing utility design, with its horizontal stabilizer mounted near the top of its fin. The prototype aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-21 turboprop engines (536 shaft horsepower), each driving a four-blade propeller. The wing is mounted atop a nearly-square fuselage, which has five windows per side. The trailing-link tricycle landing gear retracts into the nose section or pods on the lower fuselage. Expected maximum cruise speed is 220 knots (407 kph).[citation needed]

The first prototype, an EV-55M (military version), flew from Kunovice Airport in June 2011, with company pilot Josef Charvat and military pilot Maj. Jiri Hana at the controls.[2]

Specifications (EV-55)[edit]

Data from Company website[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 9 passengers (normal class by airworthiness standards) or alternatively 14 passengers[4]
  • Length: 14.35 m (47 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.10 m (52 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 4.66 m (15 ft 3 in)
  • Empty weight: 2,626 kg (5,789 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,600 kg (10,141 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-21 turboprop [5]

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 408 km/h (254 mph; 220 kn) at 10,000 ft (3,050 m) [5]
  • Range: 2,258 km (1,403 mi; 1,219 nmi) [5]
  • Service ceiling: 8,839 m (29,000 ft) [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Pope, Evektor EV-55 Makes First Flight, Flying, September 2011, p. 20
  2. ^ a b Evektor-Aerotechnik (June 2011). "Project information". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Evektor-Aerotechnik (undated). "Technical data". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Evektor - EV-55 Outback - Specification". Evektor.cz. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  5. ^ a b c d Sedlák 2012, p. 80.

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