Atlas ACE

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ACE
Role Trainer
National origin South Africa
Manufacturer Atlas Aircraft Corporation
First flight 29 April 1991
Number built 2

The Atlas ACE is a South African turboprop trainer, that was designed by the Atlas Aircraft Corporation as a contender to replace the North American Harvard in service with the South African Air Force. The aircraft was not selected and only two examples were completed.

Design and development[edit]

The design originated as the 1986 Project Ovid by the government research agency Aerotek, as a composites technology demonstrator.[1] In 1991 the design was entered into a competition to replace the North American Harvard by the Atlas Aircraft Corporation as the ACE (All Composite Evaluator).

The ACE is a tandem two-seat low-wing cantilever monoplane powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprop. It has a retractable nosewheel landing gear and a conventional tail unit. The aircraft is constructed from carbon fiber composites.[1]

The prototype was first flown on 29 April 1991, but did not win the competition which was awarded to the Pilatus PC-7.[1]

On 14 January 1995 the prototype was lost in a wheels up landing at Jan Smuts Airport.[1] The second improved aircraft was scheduled to fly, but the design was not developed.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 35 ft 5 in (10.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 5 in (10.8 m)
  • Wing area: 193.75 ft2 (18 m2)
  • Empty weight: 3406 lb (1545 kg)
  • Gross weight: 4850 lb (2200 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6A-25C, 750 hp (559 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 345 mph (555 km/h)
  • Range: 1266 miles (2037 km)
  • Service ceiling: 33,000 ft (10,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2750 ft/min (838 m/s)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Taylor 1996, p 109

Bibliography[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1996). Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory. London, England: Brassey's. ISBN 1-85753-198-1.