Corvus Racer 540

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Corvus Racer 540
Corvus Racer 540.jpg
Corvus Racer 540 at CIAF 2012
Role Aerobatic monoplane
National origin Hungary
Manufacturer Corvus Aircraft
First flight Feb 2010
Primary user Péter Besenyei
Number built 1
Corvus Racer 540

The Corvus Racer 540 is a single-seat, low wing, high performance aerobatic aircraft produced by Corvus Aircraft Ltd in Hungary.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Corvus Racer 540 design was started in 2007 when Corvus Aircraft signed a contract with Red Bull to develop a new airplane for Peter Besenyei, designed especially for air racing.[1] It was designed by Andras Voloscsuk and the Hungarian University of Aviation.[2][3] After limited success improving the power output of the existing engine, Besenyei decided to focus on the airframe to reduce drag and improve aerodynamic efficiency.[4] The development engineering time was more than 15,000 hours over two years,[3] and the result was an airplane that was "very nice, nice to control" although potentially hindered by a heavy engine.[4]

The Corvus Racer 540 first appeared at the Apr 2009 AERO Friedrichshafen show in Germany,[5] with initial flight testing in Feb 2010 and its racing debut in June 2010 at the Red Bull Air Race in Windsor, Ontario, Canada during the fourth race out of six in the 2010 Red Bull racing season.[3] Besenyei placed 10th at Windsor,[6] 8th at New York,[7] and 9th at Lausitz[8] all with the Corvus Racer 540.[9][10][11] Unfortunately, the 7th[12] and 8th[13] races of the 2010 race series were cancelled and as of April 2012 the series had yet to resume, thus reducing motivation for further development of the design.

Specifications[edit]

Data from Corvus Aircraft website[14]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 21 ft 6.7 in (6.571 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 3 in (7.4 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 2 in (2.5 m)
  • Gross weight: 1,510 lb (685 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming AEIO-540 6-cyl air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 325 hp (242 kW)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed MTV-9-B

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 193 mph; 167 kn (310 km/h)
  • Never exceed speed: 280 mph; 243 kn (450 km/h)
  • g limits: +12/-12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Corvus Racer 540 Introduction". Corvus Aircraft Ltd. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Corvus Hungary: Team". Corvus Hungary LLC. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  3. ^ a b c "Team Besenyei unveil new Corvus Racer". Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Besenyei’s Corvus Racer wins approval for Windsor". Kirsten Corrigan, Red Bull Air Race World Championship. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  5. ^ "AERO 2009 Europe's largest GA trade show underway in Germany". EAA. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Race 4: Windsor (June 6, 2010)". Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  7. ^ "Race 5: New York (June 20, 2010)". Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  8. ^ "Race 6: Lausitz (Aug 8, 2010)". Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  9. ^ "'Godfather' Besenyei embraces new technical direction". Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  10. ^ "Race Team News - Training 4, Lausitz". Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  11. ^ "2010 World Championship Standings". Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  12. ^ "Champion to be crowned in Germany following Budapest cancellation". Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  13. ^ "Final round of the World Championship 2010 in Portugal Cancelled". Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  14. ^ "Corvus Racer 540 Specifications". Corvus Aircraft Ltd. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 

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