Zivko Edge 540

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Edge 540
Zivko Edge 540 at Red Bull Air Race on Langley Park Monty-1.jpg
Zivko Edge 540 flying across Langley Park in Perth, Western Australia.
Edge 540
Role Competition aerobatic and racing aircraft
National origin United States of America
Manufacturer Zivko Aeronautics
An early version of the Edge 540 with a wire-braced tail.

The Zivko Edge 540 manufactured by Zivko Aeronautics is a highly aerobatic aircraft. Capable of a 420 degree per second roll rate and a 3,700 foot per minute climb rate, it has been flown to victory on the international Unlimited aerobatics circuit several times since the mid-1990s. A tandem-seat version is sold as the Edge 540T.

The Zivko Edge 540 is the most common aircraft used in the Red Bull Air Race World Series – in fact all champions of the World Series have flown this aircraft.

Specifications (Edge 540)[edit]

Data from Edge Air Races Datasheet

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: one (pilot only)
  • Length: 6.27 m (20 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.42 m (24 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 2.87 m (9 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 9.1 m² (98 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 531 kg (1,170 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 703 kg (1,550 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 816 kg (1,800 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Modified Lycoming AEIO-540 Hartzell composite, 3 blade, 254 kW (340 hp)

Performance

See also[edit]

Related development
  • Zivko Edge 540T
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

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