IAI Arava

  • CountryIsrael
  • TypeSTOL utility transport
  • Powerplants201 - Two 560kW (750shp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A34 turboprops driving three blade constant speed Hartzell propellers.
  • Performance201 - Max speed 326km/h (176kt), max cruising speed 320km/h (172kt), economical cruising speed 310km/h (168kt). Initial rate of climb 1290ft/min. Service ceiling 25,000ft. Range with max payload and reserves 260km (140nm), max range with a 1585kg (3500lb) payload and reserves 1000km (540nm).
  • Weights201 - Operating empty 4000kg (8816lb), max takeoff 6804kg (15,000lb).
  • Dimentions201 - Wing span 20.96m (68ft 9in), length 13.03m (42ft 9in), height 5.21m (17ft 1in). Wing area 43.7m2 (470.2sq ft).
  • CapacityFlightcrew of two. Seating for 19 passengers four abreast in an airline configuration in 101B, 20 in 102 and 24 in 201. 201 can carry 2350kg (5184lb) of freight. 102 can carry up to 12 passengers in an executive configuration, other configurations offered include aerial ambulance, mapping and mineral exploration.
  • ProductionTotal Arava production of more than 90 mainly for military customers.

The Arava STOL utility transport was IAI's first outline to enter generation that was proposed for both military and common clients, yet was implicit just little numbers.

IAI started outline chip away at the Arava in 1966. Outline targets included STOL execution, the capability to work from harsh strips and convey 25 troops or cumbersome payloads. To accomplish this the Arava outline was of a reasonably abnormal arrangement, emphasizing a barrel-like short yet wide fuselage, the back of which is pivoted and swings open for simple stacking and emptying, in addition to long compass wings, twin tails mounted on blasts that run from the motor nacelles and two Pratt & Whitney Canada Pt6a turboprops.

The Arava first flew on November 27 1969, while a second model flew surprisingly on May 8 1971. US FAA accreditation for the introductory Arava 101 was allowed in April 1972.

The Arava 101 was not put into generation, however structured the premise for the 101b, 102 and 201 creation models. The 101b was promoted in the USA as the Cargo Commuterliner and varied from the 101 in having an enhanced 19 seat inside in traveler setup and all the more compelling Pt6a36s. The 102 had a 20 seat traveler inside, or then again a 12 traveler official inner part or all cargo setup.

The 201 is fundamentally a military form, and has sold in the most numbers, with more than 70 manufactured, primarily for air arms of creating countries. The last Arava improvement is the 202, which is effortlessly perceived by its vast Whitcomb winglets, limit layer wall inboard of every wingtip and somewhat extended fuselage. The winglets and limit layer wall were offered as a pack for retrofitting to existing Aravas.

Arava generation stopped in the late 1980s.

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