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Antonov An-2-100

Saturday 20th July 2013 at 05:08

Antonov An-2-100
Antonov An-2-100

On the 10th of July 2013, a modern modification of the famous Antonov An−2 biplane, being designated as An−2−100, performed its maiden flight. This new aircraft was named “Henrih Ongirskii” after H.H. Ongirskii (1939−2012), Deputy General Designer of the ANTONOV Company, who made a great contribution in the An−2 and An−3 program development.

An-2-100 first flight

In the first flight the An−2−100 was piloted by a crew of the ANTONOV Company test pilots: Sergii Tarasiuk, commander, and Valerii Epanchintsev, co− pilot. The flight, within which the aircraft passed first tests, was continuing over an hour.

The An−2−100 is intended for passenger, cargo and mixed cargo−passenger transportations on local airlines. It can be operated autonomously at small airfields with low sub−soil strength, including ice and snow−covered ones, in a wide altitude range, under good and adverse climatic and weather conditions.

Antonov An-2-100
Antonov An-2-100

The main difference between the AnN−2−100 and its predecessor is in a power plant with MC−14 turboprop engine, made and produced by Motor Sich stock company (Ukraine). One of the advantages of this replacement is substitution of the aviation gasoline that now is not being produced in CIS countries, for aviation kerosene. Thus, the aircraft profitability rises significantly. Besides, the An−2−100 is equipped with the AV−17 reversible propeller (instead of the AV−2). The operational empty weight of An−2−100 is 200 kg less than that of the An−2.

The An−2−100 production will be realized by reequipment of the An−2 being in operation. It will let the An−2 operators continue working with this aircraft. So, there are 135 An−2 on the territory of Ukraine today, and only 54 aircraft have airworthiness.

Obtaining orders on realizing such reequipment from foreign operators is also planning. Taking into account unique performance and all−airfield operation of the An−2, modernization and reconstruction of the airworthiness these aircraft fleet becomes the most important task for development of north and east regions of Russian Federation. There are 1580 such aircraft in Russia today, only 322 of which having airworthiness. The An−2 is also the main aircraft of Russian agricultural aviation.

290 AN−2 are being operated in Kazakhstan, 143 – in Uzbekistan, 89 – in Turkmenistan, 82 – in Belarus, 63 – in Azerbaijan, 30 – in Kirgizia, 13 – in Moldova and 4 −− in Armenia. The AN−2 modernization and its life cycle extension is one of the important current tasks.

Main performance of the An−2−100 in comparison with the An−2 aircraft

 

Aircraft

An−2

An−2−100

Engine:

−         type

−         takeoff power

 

ASH−62IR

1000

 

MS−14

1500

Max takeoff mass, kg

5500

5690

Max payload, kg

1500

1500

Passenger capacity, person

12

12

Cruising speed, km/h IS:

−         max

−         max range

 

250

190

 

250

220

Flight cruising speed, m

2000

3000

Service range with ANZ at 30 min, km:

− with 1500 kg cargo

 

 

360

 

 

525

Take off/landing field length, m

575

550

Crew, person

2

2

Fuel

gasoline

kerosene

Service life and lifetime.

Assigned aircraft service life:

− flight hours       20000.

− service life        no limits

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Report by Derek Pedley

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