European Facility For Airborne Research

European Facility For Airborne Research Jan. 18, 2018, 18:47

Aircraft: Aztec - SAFIRE

Aztec - SAFIRE
Aircraft acronym Aztec - SAFIRE Registration number F-BLEB
Operator Service des Avions Francais Instrument├ęs pour la Recherche en Environnement Transnational Access status Open to TA
Manufacturer Piper Aircraft, PA23-250 Aztec Engine category Propeller
Aircraft type Research Categories Troposphere

Dimensions

  • Length: 9.2 m
  • Height: 3.05 m
  • Wingspan: 11.3 m
Airplane dimensions 9.2 m 3.05 m 11.3 m

Flying performances

Speed
Min speed 30 m/s
Max speed 77 m/s
Usual speed during measurements 60 m/s
Usual speed during transit flights 75 m/s
Ascent rate 6 m/s
Altitude
Min altitude
  • Above sea: 200 ft
  • Above ground: 300 ft
Max ceiling 12 500 ft
Usual ceiling during measurements 10 000 ft
Ceiling limitations

n/c

Payload
Empty weight 1 650 kg
Max take-off weight 2 177 kg
Max payload 350 kg
Max scientific payload 180 kg (X-coordinate of 2nd point)
Usual scientific payload during measurements 80 kg
Scientific payload for max endurance n/c

Endurance
Max endurance at min scientific payload and max fuel 4 h (Y-coordinate of 1st point)
Endurance at max scientific payload 2 h (Y-coordinate of 2nd point)

Range
Max range 1 000 km (at min scientific payload and max fuel)
Conditions for max range

n/c

Range at max scientific payload None km
Usual range during measurement flight 750 km

Other
Weather conditions limitations

IFR, VFR, no flight into known icing conditions

Take-off runway length 700 m
Engines

2 x Lycoming IO-540-C1B5

Avionics

GPS, Doppler radar

Crew and scientists on board

Crew (pilots + operators)

1 + 1

Seats available for scientists

1

Cabin

Length 2.68 m
Width 1.14 m
Height 1.34 m
Apertures

main door: W0.81 m x H0.96 m ; cargo door : W0.57 m x H0.56 m

Cabin pressurized

no

More information

no

Aircraft modifications

Nose boom

no

Windows

no

Openings

Opening at the bottom of fuselage (for dropsondes, cameras, remote sensing)

Hard points

2 PMS-type carrying points under the wings

Inlets

2 at the front left (inflow and reverse-flow)

Additionnal systems

no

Acquisition systems

Serial inflight data online processing. Online graphic quick look system. 1 workstation.

Electrical power

Aircraft total electrical power (kW)

2 x 28 VDC alternators (60 Amp each), convertor to 115 VAC 400Hz and 220 VAC 50Hz

Electrical power (kW) and voltages (V) available for scientists

2 x 28 VDC alternators (60 Amp each), convertor to 115 VAC 400Hz and 220 VAC 50Hz

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