VisionAire Vantage

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeAt late 1998 VisionAire held orders for 150 Vantages. First two production aircraft due to be completed in early 1999, certification and first deliveries planned for 2000. Unit price approx $US1.8m.
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  • PerformanceOne 12.9kN (2900lb) Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D5 turbofan.
  • WeightsMax cruising speed 648km/h (350kt), economical cruising speed 463km/h (250kt). Initial rate of climb 4000ft/min. Max certificated altitude 41,000ft. Range at max cruising speed 1857km (1002nm), at economical cruising speed 2870km (1550nm).
  • DimentionsStandard empty 1950kg (4300lb), max takeoff 3402kg (7500lb).
  • CapacityWing span 14.49m (47ft 6in), production aircraft length 12.65m (41ft 6in). Wing area 20.6m2 (222.0sq ft).
  • ProductionOne pilot and passenger on flightdeck. Main cabin seats four in standard configuration in a club arrangement. Toilet and baggage compartment in rear of cabin.

The inventive Vantage is an all new single motor passage level corporate plane, intended to go up against the Citationjet and TBM 700 turboprop.

Self flying representative James O Rice Jr created Visionaire in St Louis in 1988 in the wake of choosing that there existed a noteworthy business for a minimal effort passage level business plane. Outline points with the new fly incorporate plane solace and elevation, great short field execution, a vast lodge and low obtaining and working expenses.

The Vantage was composed via Visionaire with the aid of Scaled Composites (whose president is Burt Rutan), with the air ship's conclusive game plan settled upon in 1993. In February 1996 Visionaire contracted Scaled Composites to plan and fabricate a confirmation of idea model, and this flying machine was taken off from the last's Mojave, California office on November 8 1996.

This air ship effectively flew surprisingly on November 16 1996 and it was utilized to exhibit execution and taking care of attributes before a creation arrangement was settled upon. Visionaire now means to accomplish accreditation for the Vantage in 2000. Scaled Composites will assemble Vantage's wing and vertical and level stabilizers at Visionaire's new Ames, Iowa generation office where last gathering will be embraced. AAR of Florida has been contracted to fabricate creation forward and back fuselages.

The Vantage's most prominent gimmick is its single Jt15d turbofan motor, which is covered in the back fuselage and bolstered by two air gulfs on either side of the fuselage. The Jt15d has been in operation since 1982 on the Beechjet 400 and Citation V, and Visionaire says the demonstrated in administration motor would have a shutdown rate for every air ship of once every 250 to 500 years if flown 500 hours for every annum. Other remarkable peculiarities incorporate the mid fuselage mounted forward cleared wing of moderately substantial zone and graphite composite airframe. It will be certificated to FAR Part 23 Amendment 51.

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