|First flight||23 January 1998|
The AEA Explorer (sometimes called the Explorer Explorer) is a large single-engine utility aircraft.
Design and development
The explorer is a single-engined strut-braced high-wing monoplane with a retractable tricycle landing gear that retracts into under-fuselage sponsons. The prototype, designated Explorer 350R first flew in 1998 and was soon exhibited on promotional tours of Australia and the United States.
Specifications AEA 500T
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 9 passengers
- Length: 9.68 m (31 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 14.43 m (47 ft 4 in)
- Height: 4.72 m (15 ft 6 in)
- Wing area: 18.36 m2 (197.6 sq ft)
- Aspect ratio: 11.3:1
- Empty weight: 1,724 kg (3,800 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 2,812 kg (6,200 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 277 US Gallons (1,049 L)
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135B turboprop, 450 kW (600 shp)
- Propellers: 4-bladed Hartzell D9511FK-2
- Maximum speed: 380 km/h; 205 kn (236 mph)
- Cruise speed: 333 km/h; 180 kn (207 mph)
- Stall speed: 114 km/h; 62 kn (71 mph)
- Range: 1,759 km (1,093 mi; 950 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
- Rate of climb: 5.1 m/s (1,000 ft/min)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Jackson 2003, pp. 611–612.
- Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.
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