Wednesday, July 1, 2009
CESSNA 441 “CONQUEST”
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 11. Gross wt. 9,850. Empty wt. 5,687. Fuel capacity 481. Engines two flat-rated 635-shp Garrett AiResearch turboprops.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 339. Cruise mph 337. Stall mph 86. Initial climb rate 2,435. Ceiling 35,000+. Range 1,380-2,524. Takeoff distance (50') 2,465. Landing distance (50') 1,875.
Cessna entered the propjet market in 1977 with deliveries of the Conquest. Since the first flight of the Conquest in August 1975, it underwent a series of design improvements, including an increase in wing aspect ratio and improved engine performance. The Conquest is positioned at the top end of the turboprop market in performance; however, its modest price, low fuel consumption, and low operating costs make it competitive across the entire market of full-sized executive aircraft. The higher aspect-ratio wing also boosted fuel capacity to 475 usable gallons. Its Garrett AiResearch powerplants are each flat rated at 625-shp and yield a single-engine service ceiling of 21,380 feet and a single-engine climb rate of 715 fpm. Cruising at 33,000 feet with six people and baggage on board, the Conquest has a range of 2,237 miles plus reserves at an average speed of 312 mph. Modification of the Conquest tail assemblies was necessary to comply with an airworthiness directive issued by the FAA in 1979. The company decided to provide all Conquest owners with a redesigned horizontal tail assembly and update all Conquests in the field to 1980 configuration. Ceiling also increased to 35,000 feet. When Cessna ended production in 1986, the French began building the Cessna F406 Caravan II, using the Conquest’s wings mated to the unpressurized fuselage of the Cessna 425 Titan. The Caravan II remains in production today.