Cessna T303 Crusader. Specification. Characteristics. A photo
Cessna T303 Crusader. Specification. Characteristics. A photo

Cessna T303 Crusader. Specification. Characteristics. A photo


Cessna T303 Crusader (Crusader) - American multipurpose, six-seat twin-engine light aircraft, production of which began in 1978 year.


Photo Cessna 303


The first flight of the light-engine Cessna T303 Crusader took place 14 February 1978, and a few months later, the aircraft was fully launched into mass production. The main goal of American aircraft designers in the development of this model was the need to create a lightweight aircraft that could compete with such well-known models as Piper PA-44 Seminole, Gulfstream American GA-7 Cougar and Beechcraft 76 Duchess. Initially, the Cessna 303 aircraft was positioned as an 4 local aircraft, however, after about a month, the aircraft manufacturers came to the conclusion that only by increasing the passenger capacity of the aircraft it is possible to achieve the proper demand among direct customers.


Cessna 303 Crusader photo


Aircraft Cessna T303 has a low-wing, powerful piston turbo engines Continental TSIO-520-AE, allow to develop 500 hp in the aggregate, and tricycle landing gear system. Originally supposed to do zhёstkozakreplёnnymi chassis, but later, in order to improve the aerodynamic performance of the aircraft, increase agility, and improve manageability by plane Cessna T303 Crusader, it was decided to remove the chassis inside the fuselage.

The fuselage of small-engine aircraft Cessna 303 is an all-metal, and the cabin is securely sealed, which allows you to make flights at an altitude of 7 thousand meters, moving over distances of thousands of kilometers registered more than 1.8.

Salon aircraft Cessna 303 Crusader has been focused mainly on the implementation of comfortable passenger transportation, as a consequence, had increased comfort seats, off with leather and wood.


Interior Cessna T303 Crusader


In general, the Cessna T303 Crusader aircraft had something to oppose its main competitor, however, this aircraft was not used by the aircraft - in the period from 1978 to 1986 year, only 315 aircraft of this model were produced. Most aircraft are currently used in the UK (about 50 units) and Australia (about 70 units), and some are operated as aerotaxes in various countries around the world. Experts believe that one of the possible reasons why Cessna T303 Crusader was not popular is the high price and rather expensive maintenance.

Around the middle of 90-ies, the American aeronautical engineer pondered in order to launch a new cycle of these aircraft, but it meant the need for a complete redesign not only the components of the aircraft, but also of the fuselage, which in turn increases the cost of the aircraft and did not guarantee the relevance in it among customers, which is why the project was canceled.


Technical characteristics of the aircraft Cessna 303.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger capacity: 5 people (first aircraft had a seating capacity of at 3 people);
  • aircraft Length: 9,27 m .;
  • Wingspan: 11,90 m .;
  • Plane Height: 4, 06 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 1499 kg .;
  • Payload: 837 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 2336 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 363 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 400 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 1891 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 7620 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: 2 x Continental TSIO-520-AE;
  • Power: 2 x 250 hp


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