|National origin||South Africa|
|First flight||15 September 2002|
|Status||In production (2012)|
US$85,000 (kit only, 2011)
|Developed from||Piper PA-24 Comanche|
The Ravin 500 is a South African amateur-built aircraft, designed and produced by Ravin Aircraft of Durban. The aircraft first flew on 15 September 2002 and is supplied as a kit for amateur construction or as a complete ready-to-fly aircraft.
Design and development
The Ravin 500 is based on the design of the aluminum Piper PA-24 Comanche, but rendered in composite materials. The Ravin 500 features a cantilever low-wing, a four seat enclosed cabin, accessed by doors, retractable tricycle landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration. The cabin is 45 in (114 cm) wide.
The aircraft's 35 ft (10.7 m) span wing has an area of 157 sq ft (14.6 m2) and mounts flaps as well as winglets. The aircraft's recommended engine is the 260 to 300 hp (194 to 224 kW) Lycoming IO-540 four-stroke powerplant. Construction time from the supplied kit is estimated as 1400 hours.
The company reported that by December 2013 that a total of 22 aircraft or kits had been supplied and that 17 of these have been completed and flown.
Specifications (Ravin 500)
- Crew: one
- Capacity: three passengers
- Length: 24 ft 4 in (7.42 m)
- Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
- Wing area: 157 sq ft (14.6 m2)
- Empty weight: 2,200 lb (998 kg)
- Gross weight: 3,575 lb (1,622 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 160 U.S. gallons (610 L; 130 imp gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-540 six cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 300 hp (220 kW)
- Propellers: 3-bladed composite
- Maximum speed: 242 mph (389 km/h; 210 kn)
- Cruise speed: 220 mph (191 kn; 354 km/h)
- Stall speed: 62 mph (54 kn; 100 km/h) flaps down
- Range: 2,200 mi (1,912 nmi; 3,541 km)
- Wing loading: 22.8 lb/sq ft (111 kg/m2)