Small planes manufacturer Evektor unveils sleek but tough 10-seater
Moravian small planes manufacturer Evektor, based near Zlin, has reason to celebrate: on Wednesday the firm – which specialises in two-seat aircraft – rolled out its first larger passenger plane in 40 years. The sleek EV 55 Outback, is designed for extreme conditions (hence the name) and is expected to go into commercial production in roughly three years’ time.
“Of course this day was important for us. We build ultra lights or small sport planes for individual customers but the new EV 55 is our first small passenger plane. It will be good for firms needing to transfer personnel or cargo. The plane makes use of modern technology and materials: 15 percent is made from composites. Another advantage is that it was also designed to land with a full payload on un-reinforced runways – grass airstrips – or strips at high altitudes. That’s also the reason we called the model the Outback.”
“The first flight will take place in the third quarter – but from all the computer tests we expect the plane to handle extremely well. We don’t expect any problems. Two more prototypes are nearing completion and one will be used for structural testing – the wing for example is complete and has already been sent to the Aeronautical Research and Test Institute in Prague. The third will be tested for individual parts. The plane should then be commercially available in 2013.”
The EV 55 Outback will be able to fly as high as 3,000 metres above ground and travel more than 2,500 kilometres in one journey. Once it goes into official production, the manufacturer hopes that interest among buyers will be high.