Evektor EV-55 Outback
|EV-55 prototype (2011)|
|Role||Twin-engined utility aircraft|
|National origin||Czech Republic|
|First flight||24 June 2011|
|Number built||2 + 1 for static testing|
$2.1 to $2.2 million
Design and development
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.
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).
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. The first production-conforming aircraft flew from Kunovice in April 2016.
Data from Company website
- 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 
- Propellers: 4-bladed AVIA AV-844, 2.082 m (6 ft 10 in) diameter
- Maximum speed: 408 km/h (254 mph; 220 kn) at 10,000 ft (3,050 m) 
- Range: 2,258 km (1,403 mi; 1,219 nmi) 
- Service ceiling: 8,840 m (29,000 ft) 
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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- "SmartDeck panel added to Evektor's new turboprop twin". AOPA. 5 March 2012.
- Stephen Pope (29 June 2011). "Evektor EV-55 Makes First Flight". Flying. p. 20.
- Evektor-Aerotechnik (June 2011). "Project information". Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- Evektor flies first production-conforming EV-55, Flying, 14 April 2016
- Evektor-Aerotechnik. "Technical data". Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- Sedlák, Lubomir (February 2012). "Czech Outback". Air International. pp. 80–83. ISSN 0306-5634.
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