Designed and manufactured for rugged terrains and short, semi-prepared airstrips, the Airvan 8 was created with simplicity and economics in mind. It is easy to load, fly and maintain. Innovative design details set the Airvan 8 apart from its competitors and make the operation of the aircraft safer and less complicated.
Available with either a normally aspirated or turbocharged Lycoming engine, the Airvan 8 has unbeatable economic performance. With a cost-per-seat mile of only $0.15 (or $0.17 with the turbocharged engine),* the Airvan 8 leads the industry in value – beating the operating costs of comparable six- seaters. And with its full-fuel payload of more than 1,300 pounds (590 kg), the Airvan 8 blows the carrying capacity of competitors out of the water.
*Calculated with a fuel price of $5.75 USD per U.S. gallon.
Developed to handle rugged terrain, the Airvan 8 is ideal for operators in remote areas. The Airvan 8’s high lift wing, rugged all spring-steel undercarriage, high flotation tires and excellent propeller ground clearance equip the Airvan 8 to operate from short, semi-prepared strips with ease.
41.5” Sliding Door
The Airvan 8’s easy-to-operate sliding door allows clear access to the cabin with the flaps up or down. The floor height is perfect for hassle-free loading and unloading from a pickup truck or SUV. Certified for in-flight operation, the sliding door allows the Airvan 8 to be used in a number of operational roles, such as skydiving, aerial photography, supply dropping, and many military and law enforcement tasks.
The twelve windows in the Airvan 8 provide the pilot and passengers with outstanding visibility. Each passenger seat has an accompanying window. In the cockpit, panoramic large windows enhance the pilot’s visibility.
The Airvan 8 is manufactured to keep maintenance costs at a minimum. Traditional high-maintenance and high-wearing parts, such as oleo-struts and flap tracks, have been eliminated and replaced with simpler and smarter solutions. Avionics systems are built into modular installations with easy access, to make field service a simple affair. All sheet metal, both internal and external, is thoroughly primed and corrosion-proofed.
The definition of versatility
With customizable items, including quick-release seat, cargo net and workstation mounting points, you can rapidly change cabin configuration to meet the requirements of any mission.
Skydiving: Comfortably fit up to eight parachutists. In-flight door operation.
Passenger Transport: Seven forward-facing passenger seats.
Freight: Floor height ideal for loading cargo. Optional cargo pod available.
Special Missions: Economical, long-loiter special missions platform.
Recreational: Fit the whole family and all of your adventure gear.
Humanitarian Aid: STOL capabilities for rugged, short bush strips.
Wingspan: 12.41 m (40 ft 8.6 in)
Length: 8.95 m (29 ft 4.3 in)
Height: 3.89 m (12 ft 9.0 in)
Wing Area: 18.75 m2 (208 ft2)
Wing Loading: 96.75 kg/m2 (19.2 lb/ft2)
Optional Cargo Pod Capacity: 0.53 m3 (18 ft3)
Maximum Useful Load
783 kg (1,725 lb )
828 kg (1,826 lbs)
Typical Cruise Speed
240 kph (130 ktas)
250 kph (135 ktas)
Fuel Burn at Typical Cruise
57 litres/hr (15 gph)
68 litres/hr (18 gph)
Range at Typical Cruise
1,011 km (546 nm)
1,050 km (567 nm)
8.5 hrs @ 40% power
8.2 hrs @ 40% power
4,420 m (14,500 ft)
6,096 m (20,000 ft)
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Lycoming TIO-540-AH1A 320 hp
Hartzell 2-Blade or 3 blade (optional)