AASI Jetcruzer

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The AASI Jetcruzer is a single turboprop light civil transport made by AASI. The Jetcruzer has an unusual configuration, with a single turboprop engine driving a pusher propeller, prominent canards, and fins mounted at the ends of its swept wings. The plane has seating for up to six people including the pilot. The Jetcruzer is noteworthy in being the first aircraft to have achieved a spin resistance certification from the FAA.

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Development

Jetcruzer 450

Work on the Jetcruzer began in March 1983, with the prototype first flying on January 11 1989. This initial version, designated the Jetcruzer 450 seated six people (including the pilot) and was powered by an Allison 250-C20S. It gained an FAA type certification on June 14 1994. Three prototypes were built, but AASI chose not to market this aircraft, in order to focus on more advanced versions. A spin recovery system was designed for the aircraft by Butler Parachute Systems which also worked on one for the Swearingen SJ-30.

Jetcruzer 500

The first of these was the Jetcruzer 500, a slightly stretched version of the 450 powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66A and featuring cabin pressurization. Two of the 450 prototypes were converted to this configuration, and first flew in this form on August 22 1997. This was the version selected for production, and at one point, AASI had orders for some 200 aircraft at $US 1.6 million each. A military version, the ML-2 had also been offered, as well as a UAV, the ML-1

None of these orders would be filled, however, as the Jetcruzer 500 remained uncertified and its development slowly stagnated. Specific problems with the aircraft's noise, high stall speed, and center-of-gravity were not overcome before all work on it was suspended in 2002. Nearly 20 years of work had still not resulted in a marketable aircraft.

Jetcruzer 650

In December 1992, construction work began on the prototype of an even larger variant, the Jetcruzer 650, which was to seat up to thirteen. This was quickly abandoned as the company's financial problems required resources to be focused on the 500. A military version would have been the ML-4

Stratocruzer 1250

Similarly, a turbofan-powered version was planned as the Stratocruzer 1250

Future plans

In November 2003, AASI (by now, MASG) offered the entire Jetcruzer project for auction, and sold it to Innova Aircraft in February 2004. Shortly after the purchase, Innova announced its intentions of offering a new version of the aircraft in kit form, marketed by a new subsidiary, Jetcruzer LLC. This will feature a modified wing to overcome the problems faced by the Jetcruzer 500, and will be powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney JT15D turbofans. It is expected to fly by late 2004 or early 2005.

Timeline

Jetcruzer 500 development:

  • Jetcruzer 450
    • Develpment starts in 1983
    • First prototypes first flight January 11, 1989
    • FAA certification granted June 14, 1994
  • Jetcruzer 500
    • A Lengthened and pressurized 450
    • First flight August 22, 1997.

Specifications (Jetcruzer 500)

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Capacity: five passengers
  • Length: 28 ft 2 in (8.59 m)
  • Wingspan: 42 ft 2 in (12.85 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 5 in (3.17 m)
  • Wing area: 193 ft² (18 m²)
  • Empty: 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
  • Loaded: kg ( lb)
  • Maximum takeoff: 5,500 lb (2,495 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66, 850 hp (634 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 345 mph (556 km/h)
  • Range: 1,818 miles (2,936 km)
  • Service ceiling: 30,000 ft (9,140 m)
  • Rate of climb: ft/min ( m/min)
  • Wing loading: kg/m² ( lb/ft²)
  • Power/Mass:

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