Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • TypeCommuter airliner and light utility transport
  • PowerplantsBN-2A - Two 195kW (260hp) Lycoming O-540-E4C flat six piston engines driving two blade constant speed propellers. BN-2B-20 - Two 225kW (300hp) Textron Lycoming IO-540-K1B5s.
  • PerformanceBN-2A - Max speed 273km/h (147kt), max cruising speed 257km/h (140kt), economical cruising speed 246km/h (133kt). Initial rate of climb 970ft/min. Service ceiling 13,200ft. Range at economical cruising speed 1400km (755nm). BN-2B-20 - Max speed 280km/h (150kt), max cruising speed 264km/h (142kt), economical cruising speed 245km/h (132kt). Initial rate of climb 1130ft/min. Service ceiling 17,200ft. Range at economical cruising speed and standard fuel 1136km (613nm), with optional fuel 1965km (1060nm).
  • WeightsBN-2A - Empty equipped 1627kg (3588lb), max takeoff 2993kg (6600lb). BN-2B-20 - Empty equipped 1925kg (4244lb), max takeoff 2993kg (6600lb).
  • DimentionsWing span 14.94m (49ft 0in), length 10.86m (35ft 8in), height 4.18m (13ft 9in). Wing area 30.2m2 (325.0sq ft).
  • CapacityFlightcrew of two pilots or pilot and passenger on flightdeck, with seating for eight in main cabin. Air ambulance accommodates three stretcher patients and two medical attendants.
  • ProductionOver 1200 delivered since 1969, including production in the UK and Romania and military Defenders. Approximately 65 BN-2Ts built.

The BN-2 Islander was Britten-Norman's second unique configuration, deal with which started amid 1963.

Created as a Dragon Rapide substitution, the stress was on delivering a rough and sturdy air ship that had great field execution, low working expenses and was not difficult to keep up. One curious peculiarity is that there is no core walkway between seats in the primary lodge, rather there are three entryways along each one side of the fuselage for traveler sheets. The model BN-2 Islander was controlled by two 155kw (210hp) IO-360s and first flight was on June 13 1965.

The principal generation machines were controlled by 195kw (260hp) IO-540s and were just assigned BN-2, the first flew in 1967. A little number were assembled before creation exchanged to the BN-2a which acquainted fairings with the primary undercarriage legs, wing heading edge and fold hang, and an expanded max takeoff weight. From 1970 the base A model was the BN-2a-6 and the BN-2a-7 had amplified wingtips, while the BN-2a-2 and BN-2a-3 were fueled by the 225kw (300hp) IO-540, the recent with the expanded wingtips.

Showing up in 1972 were the 195kw (260hp) fueled BN-2a-26 and developed wingtips BN-2a-27, and the 225kw (300hp) BN-2a-20 and broadened wingtips BN-2a-21, each of the four models having higher weights. Further enhancements accompanied the BN-2b reach with higher weights, enhanced inside and instrument board and shorter measurement props. The 26, 27, 20 and 21 variations were accessible as some time recently. The 27 and 21 were later dropped while the BN-2b-20 and BN-2b-26 stay in generation. The turboprop (Allison 250) fueled BN-2t has been assembled since 1981.

In September1979 Britten-Norman got to be Pilatus Britten-Norman, in July 1998 it was renamed over to Britten-Norman, and from April 2000 it got to be B-N Group.

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