Czech Builder To Intro Twin Turboprop At Oshkosh

 - April 18, 2007, 6:43 AM

Czech aircraft designer and manufacturer Evektor-Aerotechnik, best known for a line of light piston singles, will begin promotion of its new EV-55 twin turboprop at the EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, Wis., later this month. The unpressurized aircraft, partly financed by the Czech government, is priced at $1.7 million and is expected to sell as an alternative to turboprop singles such as the Cessna Caravan. Powered by two PT6A-21 engines, the aircraft will cruise at 229 knots with a max load of 14 passengers. The cabin will measure 14 feet 10 inches long, 5 feet 3 inches wide and 4 feet 6 inches high, and will have a baggage capacity of 44 cubic feet. Balanced field length–paved or unpaved–is projected at 2,300 feet. The EV-55 will also be available in a cargo or cargo/passenger configuration. The Czech Republic-based company is “setting up Evektor Aircraft in Canada to market and assemble all future aircraft models for the North and South American markets.” Evektor-Aerotechnik is anticipating FAA and EASA certification by late 2008.