Aero Boero AB-95/115/150/180
Country of Origin
Family of three and four seat light aircraft
Development from the basic AB-95 (which first flew in 1959) has spawned one of the largest families of GA types yet developed in South America. Versions of the AB-95 include the AB-95 Standard, the AB-95 De Lujo with a 75kW (100hp) Continental O-200A engine, the AB-95A Fumigador ag aircraft with the O-200A engine and fitted for crop dusting or spraying, the AB-115BS air ambulance fitted with a stretcher, the more powerful AB-95B, and the AB-95-115 with a more streamlined engine cowling housing a 85kW (115hp) O-235 engine, and main wheel fairings. From the AB-95-115 Aero Boero developed the AB-115BS with increased wing span, greater fin sweepback and longer range, and the AB-115 Trainer. Brazil ordered 450 Trainers in the late 1980s for its aero clubs. The AB-180 first flew in the late 1960s and was offered in three and four seat versions with differing wingspans and a more powerful powerplant than those featured on the earlier AB-95 and AB-115. Developments included the AB-180RV with greater range, reprofiled fuselage and sweptback fin; the glider tug AB-180RVR; the high altitude AB-180 Condor with optional engine turbocharger; AB-180AG agricultural aircraft and the two seat AB-180PSA preselection aircraft for student pilot flight grading. An experimental biplane AB-180SP was also developed. The AB-150RV and AB-150AG have less powerful powerplants than corresponding AB-180 models.
AB-95 Standard - One 70kW (95hp) Continental C90-8F flat four driving a two blade fixed pitch prop. AB-115 Trainer - One 85kW (115hp) Textron Lycoming O-235-C2A. AB-180RVR - One 135kW (180hp) Textron Lycoming O-360-A1A driving a two blade fixed pitch Sensenich or constant speed Hartzell prop.
AB-95 - Max speed 204km/h (110kt), cruising speed 170km/h (92kt), long range cruising speed 159km/h (86kt). Range at long range cruising speed 959km (518nm). AB-115 Trainer - Max cruising speed 169km/h (91kt). Initial rate of climb 669ft/min. Range with max fuel 1230km (664nm). AB-180RVR - Max speed 225km/h (122kt), max cruising speed 201km/h (108kt). Initial rate of climb 1025ft/min. Range with max fuel 1180km (636nm).
AB-95 - Empty 400kg (882lb), loaded 700kg (1543lb). AB-115 Trainer - Empty 556kg (1226lb), max takeoff 802kg (1768lb). AB-180RVR - Empty 602kg (1327lb), max takeoff 890kg (1962lb).
AB-95 - Wing span 10.42m (34ft 2in), length 6.91m (22ft 8in), height 2.19m (7ft 2in). AB-115 Trainer & AB-180RVR - Wing span 10.78m (35ft 5in), length 7.08m (23ft 3in), height 2.05m (6ft 9in). Wing area 17.4m2 (187.4sq ft).
Accommodation for one pilot and two passengers, or three/four passengers in initial AB-180 model. Ag aircraft fitted with ventral tank pod (for approx 270 litres/60Imp gal) and spray bars.
Approx 600 of all variants have been built, including over 300 out of a Brazilian Government order for 450 AB-115s for use by aero clubs.
Aero Boero AB-95/115/150/180
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