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Explorer Design

Explorer Features

 

 

Turbine Explorer Features

The Explorer aircraft is a technological breakthrough in the single engine category, incorporating selected composite material construction and modern aerodynamics to provide a working aircraft that surpasses all expectations.

The following features are common to the family of aircraft:

  • Large fuselage cross section 61" x 53"
  • Flat cabin floor
  • Novel use of composite materials
  • Fuselage mounted undercarriage

Wing characteristics

  • Strutted wing minimizes weight and maximizes cabin height
  • Wing taper provides exceptional roll rate
  • Aerodynamic and geometric washout prevent wing tip stall
  • High aspect ratio for good field and climb performance
  • Thick airfoil minimizes structural weight and maximizes fuel volume

Learn about the wing design..

Tailored airfoil

  • Very high lift capability
  • Low pitching moment
  • Low drag
  • Docile stall handling qualities

Undercarriage

  • Retractable undercarriage for higher speed and improved performance
  • Main undercarriage leg of fiberglass spring for high strength and weight savings, good damping on landing and suitable for rough runways
  • Conventional nose oleo leg
  • Wide wheel track for stability
  • Main undercarriage retracts into streamline pods maintaining flat cabin floor
  • Main tires 6.50 x 10 8 ply, nose tire 6.50 x 6 8 ply.

Cabin

  • High cabin volume
  • Very wide and roomy (61" wide x 53" height) and more comfortable than most twin engine aircraft.
  • Flat floor -flexible seating arrangement with 5 full length seat tracks
  • Large cargo door 49" high x 50" wide
  • Two crew doors for easy entry
  • Large cabin windows for tourist panoramic view
  • Composite structure reduces cabin noise
  • Cargo bays, forward, rear, and cargo pod

Powerplant

  • Proven powerplants used
  • Proven propeller systems used
  • Large access doors for maintenance
  • Good cooling for the hottest of climates

Innovation and novel approach to design

  • Composite fuselage enables strong aerodynamic shapes and weight savings
  • Optimum use of molded parts to keep parts count low and hence cost
  • Metal structure used where best suited
  • Smart assembly method to reduce production costs

Learn about the Explorer design..

Ease of maintenance

  • Progressive maintenance system
  • Good access to systems
  • No corrosion in composite parts
  • Easy access down aft fuselage and tail
  • Removable floor
  • Quick access to engine

Method of manufacture

  • Metal wings
  • Metal horizontal stabilizer and fin
  • Metal fuselage sub-structure
  • Composite fuselage
  • Composite doors, engine cowls and trimmings

Versatility of roles

Civil Roles
  • Tourist sightseeing
  • Short haul passenger carrying
  • Freighter aircraft
  • Outback/remote area aircraft
  • Aerial photography
  • Air ambulance
  • Airborne geophysical survey
  • Sky diving

Military Roles
  • Cargo and logistics support
  • Paratroop and supply dropping
  • Medevac and electronic surveillance
  • Forward air control and passenger troop transport
  • Search and rescue, border and coastal surveillance
  • Underwing and fuselage hardpoints

 

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