Evektor EV-55 Outback: Price, Specs, Performance, & Cockpit. Evektor EV-55 Outback is a lightweight twin-engine turboprop utility aircraft designed and manufactured by Evektor-Aerotechnik, Czech Republic. The EV-55 Outback was launched in March 2010. And made its first flight in June 2011 at Kunovice Airport. The aircraft completed flight tests in two fuel weight configurations in June 2013 and obtained EASA certification in 2018. The aircraft entered service in 2019.
The EV-55 Outback aircraft is produced in three configuration versions, namely the passenger version, the cargo version, and the passenger-cargo version (combination). This aircraft is designed for passenger and cargo transportation, search and rescue, aerial photography and surveillance missions. It can take off from and land on unprepared airstrips and short runways, even in bad conditions.
Evektor EV-55 Outback Engine and Performance
The Evektor EV-55 Outback is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-21 turboprop engines. Each engine is capable of producing a maximum output power of 399 kW (535 hp) to drive two four-blade AVIA AV-844 propellers. The propeller is made of composite material and can rotate at a constant speed of 2,200 rpm.
This engine is combined with a single-stage centrifugal compressor, multistage axial, backflow burners, one-stage compressor turbine, reduction gearbox and electronic engine control system. Overall, the PT6A-21 engine has a length of 1.57 m and a diameter of 0.48 m. The time between engine repairs is 3,600 hours.
The Evektor EV-55 Outback aircraft has a maximum speed of 408 km/ h and a kiosk speed of 148 km/ h. The aircraft can ride at 8.5 m/ s. The maximum distance is 2,258 km. Service ceiling is 8,839 m. The take-off and landing distances are 610 m and 650 m respectively.
Evektor EV-55 Outback Specs
The EV-55 Outback’s fuselage has a high-wing monoplane design with a horizontal stabilizer hinged at the top of the fins. The fuselage is built with a strong metal construction made of composite materials. The aircraft’s exterior includes a glass nose and five convex windows on both sides of the fuselage. Overall, the EV-55 Outback has a length of 14.35 m, a height of 4.66 m, and a wingspan of 16.10 m. The tailplane span is 4.80 m.
The landing mechanism of the EV-55 Outback aircraft is a retractable three-wheeled landing gear. The length of the wheel base is 4.17 m and the wheel trajectory is 2.92 m. The aircraft is also equipped with a pneumatic boot that allows the aircraft to operate in complicated icing conditions.
Evektor EV-55 Outback Cabin and Interior
The spacious EV-55 Outback cabin can accommodate 9 to 14 passengers with a distance of 0.84 m between seats. It is suitable for short distances. The total baggage volume is 3.2 m3. The cabin can be easily reconfigured for various roles in just 20 minutes. Overall, the cabin of the EV-55 Outback aircraft is 5.02 m long, 1.61 m wide, and 1.37 m high.
The cargo version EV-55 Outback aircraft can carry a maximum load of 1,824 kg in a standard container. It will feature a 1.25 m wide entrance and 1.31 m high on the back side to load and unload. Cargo space in the cabin is distributed to smaller sections through nets.
The passenger-cargo version of the EV-55 Outback (combination) has a cabin with space configuration for cargo in the front and passenger seat in the back.
Evektor EV-55 Outback Cockpit and Avionics
The EV-55 Outback’s all-digital cockpit is equipped with two main flight screens that are compatible with LCD and multifunctional screens to show navigation, flight instrumentation, fuel and engine related data to the flight crew. The cockpit can accommodate two crew members, consisting of a pilot and co-pilot.
The EV-55 Outback is equipped with the SmartDeck avionics suite provided by CMC Electronics. The avionics suite includes flight display controllers, integrated digital autopilot, top voice recorders, global satellite navigation units, sensor reference systems, magnetometers, data concentrator units, audio panels, signal beacon receivers, S Mode transponders, and storm transponders.
Other avionics include automatic direction finders, distance measuring equipment, field awareness and warning systems, traffic advisory systems, global positioning systems, synthetic vision systems, radar altimeters, weather radars, horizontal situational indicators, air speed indicators, HF receivers, and satellite weather receiver.
Evektor EV-55 Outback Price and Orders
The price of the latest Evektor EV-55 Outback aircraft is around US $ 4 million. Evektor received a contract from AeroGeo in October 2012 for 9 Outback EV-55 Outback aircraft, including the option to supply 20 more aircraft until 2020.
In March 2015, Evektor received an order from APFT Services for the delivery of two EV-55 Outback aircraft. In the same year, Senai Airport Terminal Services also ordered two EV-55 Outback aircraft and delivered in 2017.
Guangdong Long Hao Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Evektor for 50 EV-55 Outback aircraft, in November 2015.