Evektor EV-55 Outback

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EV-55 Outback
EV-55-Outback-03.jpg
EV-55 prototype (2011)
Role Twin-engined utility aircraft
National origin Czech Republic
Manufacturer Evektor-Aerotechnik
First flight 24 June 2011
Status under development
Number built 2 + 1 for static testing[1]
Unit cost
$2.1 to $2.2 million[2]

Evektor EV-55 Outback is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft that was designed and is built in the Czech Republic by Evektor-Aerotechnik. The prototype first flew on 24 June 2011.[3][4]

Design and development[edit]

In 2004 the company announced its plan to design and construct a two-engined utility aircraft that would carry up to 14 passengers or 4000 lb (1800 kg) of cargo, and operate from unimproved fields and at high-altitude airports. The aircraft will have three configurations: passenger transport, cargo transport and combined operations with space in front for cargo and passenger accommodation aft.[citation needed]

The EV-55 is of conventional high-wing utility design with a T-tail. The prototype aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6A-21 turboprop engines (535 shaft horsepower), driving four-blade propellers. The wing is mounted atop a nearly-square fuselage, which has five windows per side. The trailing-link tricycle landing gear retracts into the nose section or pods on the lower fuselage. Expected maximum cruise speed is 220 knots (407 km/h).[5]

The first prototype, an EV-55M (military version), flew from Kunovice Airport in June 2011, with company pilot Josef Charvat and military pilot Maj. Jiri Hana at the controls.[4] The first production-conforming aircraft flew from Kunovice in April 2016.[5]

Specifications (EV-55)[edit]

Data from Company website[6]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 9 passengers (normal class by airworthiness standards) or alternatively 14 passengers
  • Length: 14.35 m (47 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.10 m (52 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 4.66 m (15 ft 3 in)
  • Empty weight: 2,658 kg (5,860 lb) (passenger configuration)
  • Gross weight: 4,600 kg (10,141 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 1656 kg
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-21 turboprop, 400 kW (540 hp) each [7]
  • Propellers: 4-bladed AVIA AV-844, 2.082 m (6 ft 10 in) diameter

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 408 km/h (254 mph; 220 kn) at 10,000 ft (3,050 m) [7]
  • Range: 2,258 km (1,403 mi; 1,219 nmi) [7]
  • Service ceiling: 8,840 m (29,000 ft) [7]

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ [www.schneedorfer.cz], SCHNEEDORFER. "Aktuality: Druhý prototyp EV-55 Outback ve vzduchu - MAGAZÍN LETIŠTĚ ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY". letistecr.cz. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "SmartDeck panel added to Evektor's new turboprop twin". AOPA. 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Stephen Pope (29 June 2011). "Evektor EV-55 Makes First Flight". Flying. p. 20. 
  4. ^ a b Evektor-Aerotechnik (June 2011). "Project information". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Evektor flies first production-conforming EV-55, Flying, 14 April 2016
  6. ^ Evektor-Aerotechnik. "Technical data". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d Sedlák, Lubomir (February 2012). "Czech Outback". Air International. pp. 80–83. ISSN 0306-5634. 

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