Explorer features

The Explorer aircraft is a revolutionary technological advancement in the single engine category of modern aviation. Explorer's features include selected composite material construction and modern aerodynamics to provide a revolutionary utility aircraft that surpasses all expectations.

The following features are common to the family of aircraft:

  • Large fuselage cross section 61" x 53"

  • Flat cabin floor

  • Novel use of composite materials

  • Fuselage mounted undercarriage

 

Wing Characteristics

  • Strutted wing minimizes weight and maximizes cabin height

  • Wing taper provides exceptional roll rate

  • Aerodynamic and geometric washout prevent wing tip stall

  • High aspect ratio for significantly improved field and climb performance

  • Robust airfoil thickness minimizes structural weight and maximizes fuel volume

Tailored Airfoil

  • High lift capability

  • Low pitching moment

  • Low drag

  • Docile stall handling qualities

Undercarriage 

  • Retractable undercarriage for higher speed, improved performance, low operating costs

  • Fiberglass constructed main undercarriage for high strength, low weight, and damping for rough runways

  • Conventional nose oleo leg

  • Wide wheel track for stability

  • Retractable undercarriage for maintaining flat cabin floor

Cabin

  • High cabin volume

  • Wide and spacious (61" wide x 53" height)

  • Flat floor, flexible seating arrangement with 5 full length seat tracks

  • Large cargo door 49" high x 50" wide

  • Two crew doors for easy entry

  • Large cabin windows for panoramic view

  • Composite structure for reduced cabin noise

  • Cargo bays, forward, rear, and cargo pod

Powerplant 

  • Proven powerplants used

  • Proven propeller systems used

  • Large access doors for maintenance

  • Cooling system for hot climates

Innovative Design

  • Composite fuselage enables strong aerodynamic shapes and weight savings

  • Optimum use of molded parts, keeping part count low for cost efficiency

  • Metal structure used where best suited

  • Novel assembly method to reduce production costs

Ease of Maintenance

  • Progressive maintenance system

  • Easy access to systems

  • Corrosion resistant in composite parts

  • Easy access down aft fuselage and tail

  • Removable floor

  • Quick access to engine

Method of Manufacture

  • Metal wings

  • Metal horizontal stabilizer and fin

  • Metal fuselage sub-structure

  • Composite fuselage

  • Composite doors, engine cowls and trimmings

Versatility

civil roles

  • Freight carry

  • Sightseeing flights

  • Short haul passenger flights

  • Outback/remote area flights

  • Aerial photography

  • Air ambulance

  • Airborne geophysical survey

  • Sky diving

Military Roles

  • Cargo and logistics support

  • Paratroop and supply drops

  • Medevac and electronic surveillance

  • Forward air control and passenger troop transport

  • Search and rescue

  • Border and coastal surveillance

  • Underwing and fuselage hardpoints