March 11, 2015

Evektor initiated EASA type certification of the EV-55 Outback

Evektor initiated EASA type certification of the EV-55 Outback

The development of the EV-55 airplane has reached another key milestone – in November 2014 Evektor applied to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the EV-55 type certification under CS-23 in the Normal category.

"It's an exceptional moment for all Evektor employees and great news for aircraft operators looking for modern, high productivity, multipurpose utility aircraft. The project has moved from the phase of development to the phase of the certification, which includes flight and ground testing, the results of which shall be a certified airplane for which many customers have been patiently waiting. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the development of this exceptional airplane", said chief designer of the EV-55, Petr Štěrba.

Construction of the second flying prototype (S / N 003) of the EV-55, which will be involved in certification testing later this year, is currently being carried out. The prototype of the EV-55 (S / N 001) has conducted more than 250 test flights involving over 220 hours of flight time. It has also successfully completed development testing of the flutter, verification of stalling characteristics and performance tests during take-off and landing.

All tests carried out on the first prototype (S / N 001) confirm the structural qualities of the EV-55 and the high design standard. Certification tests of the second flying prototype (S / N 003), a fully compliant type version of the EV-55, are likewise expected to be carried out successfully. Evektor expects the certification process to be completed in the first quarter of year 2017.

About the EV-55 airplane

The EV-55 Outback is a multipurpose, twin-engine, turboprop airplane for transportation of 9 passengers or cargo. The high productivity of the EV-55 is achieved by the most spacious cabin in its category with a total volume of 12.5 m3 and by its high cruising speed of 220 kts. The airplane is capable of operation on short runways and high altitude airports. High productivity and low costs of operation and maintenance represent a high utility value of the EV-55 Outback suitable for aircraft operators all over the world.

About Evektor

Evektor belongs among the leading development and manufacturing companies active in the aircraft industry. Besides aviation, Evektor has extensive development activities in the automotive and mechanical engineering industry. The aircraft designed and developed by Evektor include small aircraft designed for leisure-time flying and pilot training, the four-seat airplane VUT100 Cobra and the multi-purpose turboprop EV-55 Outback. Evektor is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of light sport aircraft for pilot training and sport flying with sales in more than 50 countries worldwide.

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