Saturday, August 1, 2009
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 6-8. Gross wt. 8,200. Empty wt. 4,846. Fuel capacity 367. Engines two 450-shp Pratt & Whitney turbines.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 304. Initial climb rate 1,888. Ceiling 34,000. Range 1,621.
Cessna’s second entry into the propjet market came in 1980 with the introduction of the Corsair. Its seating for up to eight and 8,200-pound maximum takeoff weight made it the lightest propjet on the market. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-112 turbine engines flat-rated at 450 shp, the Corsair has a maximum cruise speed of 304 mph at 18,700 feet and can climb directly from sea level to 26,000 feet in less than 20 minutes. Service ceiling is rated at 34,000 feet. Its usable fuel supply of 367 gallons and useful load of 3,429 pounds allows the Corsair to carry eight adults plus baggage for 898 miles. With passengers and crew trimmed to four, the range is extended to 1,622 miles. The Corsair’s pressurized cabin makes high altitude travel quiet and comfortable. Cabin pressure differential is 5.0 psi, providing a 10,000-foot cabin at 26,500 feet or an 11,900-foot cabin at 30,000 feet. Slow-turning propellers along with propeller tip placement two feet from the fuselage combine to reduce cabin noise. The Corsair’s trailing-link main landing gear allows wheels to pivot vertically and longitudinally for soft landings. Wide-chord three-blade propellers are reversible to aid shortfield landings and extend brake life. The props are equipped with deice protection, a synchronizer to minimize noise, and automatic feather to match blade angle to engine power.