The Brumby Aircruiser is a four-seat general aviation aircraft currently[when?] under development by Brumby Aircraft Australia. The design has its origins in the 1960s Victa Aircruiser, itself a development of the successful Victa Airtourer.

Brumby Aircruiser
Role Four-seat light touring monoplane, Business turboprop
National origin Australia
Manufacturer Brumby Aircraft Australia
Designer Henry Millicer
Status Under development
Developed from Victa Aircruiser
Variants AESL CT/4 Airtrainer, Victa Aircruiser

Design and development edit

A single example was completed in 1966, before the company ceased aircraft production in 1967 when the government declined tariff protection.[1] The design was later developed into the PAC CT/4. The type certificate was sold to Brumby in 2013. As of 2015, the status of the modernised aircraft is described by the company as in the "final design" stage. It will be marketed as a both a touring and business aeroplane. Under a recent deal with China's AVIC, engineers will travel to Brumby's Cowra, New South Wales plant to assist with production of the Aircruiser.[2] The deal has shifted much of the production of Brumby's existing models to a larger facility in China, allowing the Cowra factory to concentrate on the Aircruiser project.[3]

Variants edit

Brumby intends to offer three variants. A 210 hp (160 kW) Continental IO-360 powered version will be aimed at pilot training or as a replacement for the aging Cessna 172 and Piper Archer. A more powerful 310 hp (230 kW) Continental IO-550 will be offered to compete with the Cirrus SR22. A third option will be powered by a derated Rolls-Royce M250 turbine driving a three-bladed propeller, producing 205 kW (275 hp). Brumby will market this version specifically as a business aircraft, with no established competitor. The Aircruiser design already meets the requirements of the United States Federal Aviation Administration FAR 23 equivalent certification.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ "Victa Airtourer 100". Australian National Aviation Museum. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Made in Australia: Brumby shows China how to manufacture aircraft". Cowra Guardian. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Brumby Aircraft Signs China Deal". Australian Flying. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  4. ^ Jackson, Paul (2014). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2014–2015. IHS Jane's.