Antonov An-38

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An-38
Vostok Antonov An-38 Galkin.jpg
Antonov An-38-100 of Vostok Aviation Company
Role Regional airliner
Manufacturer Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association
Designer Antonov
First flight 23 June 1994
Introduction 2000
Status Operational
Primary users Hangard Aviation
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise
Vostok Airlines
Number built 11 (6 operational)
Developed from Antonov An-28

The Antonov An-38 is a stretched and upgraded version of Antonov's earlier An-28. It is a twin-engined turboprop transport aircraft, designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in Kiev, Ukraine. Production is in Novosibirsk, Russia, but some crucial parts are also made in Ukraine and Belarus. It first flew in 1994, and received international flight certification in April 2000. A total of 11 have been built and six remained in airline service as of August 2006.[1]

Development[edit]

Impetus for a stretch of the Antonov An-28 design began with a 1989 sales tour in India, where it became clear that a significant market existed for an aircraft similar to the An-28, but with seating in the 25–30 seat range. The design was approved a year later, and was displayed at the 1991 Paris Air Show as a model.

Antonov An-38-100 at MAKS 1999.

The An-38 is of a similar design to the older An-28, featuring the same wings and tail; but it has a longer fuselage and includes several enhancements, such as higher fuel efficiency, increased comfort (cabin and cockpit), and decreased internal noise, coupled with better sound insulation. Other improvements include an increase in passengers to 27, thanks to an increase in maximum payload to 2,500 kg (5,500 lbs), as well as a maximum speed of 405 km/h (250 mph). Its design also enables it to operate in adverse conditions—it is equipped with weather radar, sophisticated navigational systems, and low pressure tires that allow it to operate from primitive, unpaved and icy airfields. Furthermore, the aircraft is more resistant to stalling at high angles of attack and is stable and maneuverable with ice on the wing and tail assembly.

Civil operators[edit]

As of August 2006 a total of six Antonov An-38 aircraft remained in airline service with Hangard Aviation (two), Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (two) and Vostok Airlines (two).[1]

Specifications (An-38)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004[2]

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

Related development
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Flight International, 3–9 October 2006
  2. ^ Jackson 2003, pp. 467–468.

Further reading[edit]

  • "AN-38". Antonov.com. Antonov ASTC. 2004. Archived from the original on 22 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-02. 
  • Jackson, Paul (2003). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.