Zivko Aeronautics Edge 540
Carbon fibre is the material of choice for Zivko Aeronautics. The cowl, the fairings, the instrument panel and even the wheel pants are all carbon fibre, as is the canopy frame which has the perspex moulded into it. Traditional tubular steel is used for the fuselage, engine mount and empennage. The Edge 540 has balancing spades on its large ailerons, which run almost three-quarters the length of the wing. These essentially take the load of the ailerons (off the stick) so it doesn’t matter what speed you’re flying, you can get full aileron with relative ease. The generous ailerons give the aircraft a roll-rate of about 420o a sec-ond. Weights and performance vary from aeroplane to aeroplane.
Two versions were available, the Edge 540 (single place) and Edge 540-T (two place).
Engine: Lycoming 350 hp