Russia’s aging Antonov An-2 biplanes might get a new franchise on life interjection to trials of a craft propitious with a complicated U.S.-made turboprop engine by a Siberian investigate institute.
The Cheplyagin Aeronautical Research Institute in Novosibirsk propitious a Honeywell TPE-331 turboprop and a Hartzell five-bladed propeller to a An-2 and has given flown it “for around 40 hours,” says a institute’s Director Vladimir Barsuk.
“The thought of re-engining a aircraft was ours, and we put together a organisation of specialists to do it,” he said.
The new turboprop engine will import less, means reduction drag, need reduction maintenance, and use cheaper kerosene jet fuel.
Trials with a new engine showed a aircraft has improved take-off opening and some-more fast handling, a hospital says.
“We are going to fly a aircraft during a Gelendzhik Air Show in September,” Barsuk says.
The An-2 initial flew as prolonged ago as 1947 and hundreds are still drifting in Russia and abroad, powered by a same nine-cylinder radial engine and four-blade propeller as was used in a initial design.
The An-2 is a many widely constructed aircraft in story (over 20,000 built). The aircraft is still used for countless roles including crop-dusting, parachute trainer, light transport, internal newcomer ride and troops roles.
Russia has a ongoing need for a new era of tiny informal aircraft to use remote communities in areas with bad highway and rail links. Regional aviation has depressed into high decrease given a fall of a USSR in 1991.
Earlier this month, Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Yury Slyusar pronounced modifying a An-2 with a new engine, avionics and airframe life prolongation “is a some-more or reduction careful and a quickest approach to assembly a existent demand” for a new light application aircraft for Russia’s informal atmosphere companies.