Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures Inc (AASI) Jetcruzer
The design of the AASI Jetcruzer 450 began in March 1983 and the construction of a prototype featuring composites-built unpressurised fuselage, rear-mounted metal wings with winglets, metal canards, and rearmounted turboprop engine with pusher propeller, commenced in 1988. It first flew on 11 January 1989. A pre-production prototype flew three months later, followed by first to production standard September 1992. The Jetcruzer 450 received US certification (TC A49NM)in June 1994. AASI decided to concentrate on the Jetcruzer 500 and Jetcruzer 450 was not put into production.
The 6 seat Jetcruzer 500 was a version differing by having smaller windows, a six foot increase in fuselage length, and a PT6A-66A engine of 850shp. A prototype Jetcruzer 500 was first flown on 22 August 1997 and to be pressurised in production form.
The assets of US company Jetcruzer were auctioned recently (2002), with the top bid for the prototype aircraft, molds, drawings and a type certificate being a mere US$125,000. While the reserve was US$500.000, the offer may well be accepted. Jetcruzer spent nearly US$100 million in engineering, development and certification of its rear-engine turboprop.
AASI 500 N200JC
Engine: Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66 turboprop, 850 shp.
Prop: 7'0" 5-blade pusher
Wingspan: 42 ft 2 in / 12.85m
Length: 28 ft 2 in / 8.59m
Height: 10 ft 5 in / 8.59m
Foreplane span: 18 ft 9 in / 5.71m
Wing area: 193.2 sq.ft / 17.94 sq.m
Foreplane area: 39.9 sq.ft / 3.71 sq.m
Empty weight: 2950 lb / 1338 kg
MTOW: 5500 lb / 2495 kg
Max Op Speed: 345 mph @ 22,000 ft
Max Cruise: 345 mph @ 22,000ft
Service ceiling: 30,000 ft
TO dist to 50ft: 1530ft / 530m
Ldg dist from 50ft: 1430 ft / 436 m
Max range: 1818 sm / 2926 km