How are the handling qualities of Fanjet?

Handling qualities of Fanjet during landing are very similar to military training jets such as Alphajet, Hawk or Aermacchi 346 unlike single engine trainer aircraft. The roll characteristics are also very similar to that of jets. Fanjet has good flying qualities in general and comes with no surprises. In short, experience flying a jet at a fraction of the cost.

What are the general requirements for flying a Fanjet?

The Fanjet is an aircraft (EASA standards) with a MTOW of 1.8t for the civil version and 2.3t for the military version. The minimum requirements for flying the Fanjet is a private pilot license with SET turbine rating.

What are the noise levels of Fanjet?

Fanjet 600 was certified with a noise level of 78.5dBA. Though Fanjet is as noisy as many general aviation aircraft, it is a lot quieter than the jets that it replaces. The civil version of Fanjet is compliant with Chapter IV.

Fanjet has a peculiar sound during takeoff and landing owing to its fan (approx 460Hz). This sound is also unique to Fanjet in that it can be identified by it.

Without any noise abatement measures, the prototype Fantrainer 600 measured the following noise levels for various speeds and engine torques:



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A comprehensive noise reduction programme was undertaken on Fanjet, which reduced the noise levels down to 72dBA.

What is the operating cost of a Fanjet?

Owning and operating a Fanjet is comparable to that of owning a large single or a twin piston engine aircraft. Its turbines have a typical Time Between Overhauls (TBO) of 3500hrs. However, repair costs of turbine engines are much higher than piston engines implying that it is more efficient to operate the turbine within limits.

What is the fuel consumption of a Fanjet?

Fanjet 600 with 650shp typically consumes about 100-200 litres per hour, based on flight conditions. Hence the savings are huge compared to a jet which consumes about 400 to 1000 litres per hour.

How did Fanjet come into being?

Fanjet was designed and developed by the German company Rhein Flugzeugbau GmbH, a former subsidiary of MBB (which is currently part of EADS). The design that was developed during the 1970s and 80s was far ahead of its time. The integrated high bypass engine of the Fanjet is very similar to modern day turbofan propulsion systems, they have comparable BPRs.

How proven is Fanjet technology?

Fanjet has proved itself reliable through several thousand flight hours with the German and Thai Air Force, and won over the competition during its bid against two of the leading players in the jet trainer market.