Xian MA60
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Xian MA60


The turboprop, twin-engined Xian MA60 is a short-haul passenger aircraft built by Chinese aircraft manufacturers from the Xian Aircraft Industry Corporation (AVIC I). The Xian MA60 aircraft was designed on the basis of the Xian Y7-200A aircraft, which in turn was produced on the basis of the Soviet An-24 aircraft. For this very reason, the new aircraft, the Xian MA60, can be considered a continuation of the development of the Antonov An-24 aircraft. This aircraft is designed for use in severe conditions with limited ground support and at airfields with small runways. The aircraft is capable of carrying 64 passengers over a distance of 1600 kilometers at an average cruising speed of 430 kilometers per hour.

Xian MA60 23

The aircraft was built in the same way as the Soviet An-24. It has the shape of a monoplane with high wing trapezoidal shape.

Under the wing of the aircraft, in the nacelles, are installed two PW-127J turboprop engines with a capacity of 2750 hp, manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada. The engines are equipped with four bladed propellers with a diameter of 3,93 meters. The aircraft uses EFIS digital avionics by the American manufacturer "Bendix / King". Four small Rockwell Collins LCD displays are installed in the cockpit to display onboard information.

His first flight of the prototype MA60, made in February 25 2000 years.

In June, 2000 years, aircraft Xian MA60, China's civil aviation management, was issued a certificate of airworthiness. US FAA and European JAA certification of airworthiness, aircraft data, obtained and was not.

Xian MA60 Salon

The first MA60 was delivered to the Chinese carrier Sichuan Airlines in August 2000. In addition to China, the aircraft is operated in some Asian countries, as well as in African countries. So in 2005, three aircraft, MA60, were delivered to the African airline Air Zimbabwe. And in 2010, Myanma Airways also purchased three Xian MA60 aircraft. These aircraft were also supplied to Tajikistan to Tajik Air, to the Philippines to Zest Air and to Congo to Air Congo International.

The family of aircraft Xian MA60 represented by the following modifications:

  • Xian MA60 - base, civilian model for the carriage of passengers 64
  • Xian MA60-100 - version with improved performance and larger capacity.
  • Xian MA60-MPA - version for sea patrol. This version was first presented at Airshow China 2002.
  • Xian MA40 - aircraft version with 40 local interior arrangement. This version is offered to airlines with 2002 years.
  • Xian MA60H-500 - military transport version of the aircraft, having at the end of the fuselage hatch with hinged ramp.
  • Xian MA600 - an upgraded version of the aircraft MA60, with a more powerful powerplant, upgraded avionics and a more comfortable interior. The development of this version was completed June 29 2008 years. At the same time and took the first flight of this modification.

Xian MA60 interior scheme

At the beginning of March 2013 80 year built aircraft Xian MA60, and about 210 aircraft are in an order of the carriers. By the end of the year it is scheduled to release 2016 165 aircraft units Xian MA60.


Technical characteristics of the aircraft Xian MA60


The first flight Xian MA60: 25 2000 February year.

Years of production: at the moment with 2000 years

Length: 24,70 m.

Height: 8,80 m.

Empty weight: 13700 kg.

Wing area: 74,90 sq.m.

Wingspan: 29,20 m.

Cruising speed: 430 km / h..

Maximum speed: 515 km / h..

Ceiling: 7550 m.

Ferry range: 2400 km.

Range at maximum load: 1550 km.

Engines: 2 TVD PW127J

Crew: 2 person

Number of passenger seats: 64 seats



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The production of "Xian MA60" according to the An-24 scheme is not surprising. At one time, Soviet developers perfected (for aircraft of this class) the fuselage and wing of the An-24.
US and European refusal to fly the certificate, possibly intentional. The plane of this size, the. characteristics and capabilities, a serious competitor to the Euro-American cars in its class.


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