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The Technoavia SM92 Finist

Country of origin  
Russia

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Powerplants  
One 265kW (355hp) VOKBM M14P nine cylinder radial piston engine driving a three blade variable pitch Mühlbauer MTV-3 propeller.

Performance  
Max speed 290km/h (156kt), max cruising speed 230km/h (124kt), economical cruising speed 200km/h (108kt). Stalling speed with full flap 100km/h (50kt). Range with max fuel 1300km (700nm). Endurance with max fuel 7hr 30min.

Weights  
Operating empty 1430kg (3153lb), max takeoff 2350kg (5180lb).

Dimensions  
Wing span 14.60m (47ft 11in), length 9.30m (30ft 6in), height 3.00m (9ft 10in). Wing area 20.5m2 (220.7sq ft).

Capacity  
One pilot and one passenger on flightdeck. Seating for six passengers in main cabin arranged in pairs. Alternatively can accommodate six parachutists, or 600kg (1320lb) of freight.

Production  
Production aircraft built at the Smolensk Aircraft Factory Approximately a dozen built by 1998. The Finist is priced at $US180,000 to $US300,000.

Type  
STOL utility transport

History  

The Technoavia Finist is a STOL piston powered utility transport similar in concept to the venerable DHC2 Beaver, and is one of the first Russian aircraft designed from the ground up to meet western (both FAA and JAA) certification requirements.

The Finist (named after a small Russian bird) is the first product of the Technoavia Design Bureau. Technoavia was established in 1991 by Slava Kondratiev, a renowned Russian designer responsible for the world beating Sukhoi Su26, Su29 and Su31 series of aerobatic aircraft. Kondratiev provided finance for the new company by purchasing the rights and placing into production the four seat Yak-18T light aircraft (described separately).

The Finist is one of a diverse range of designs from Russian studios aimed at meeting worldwide requirements for a utility transport, but unlike most of its contemporaries it has flown and is in low rate production. The big yet elegant high wing aircraft features perhaps the best radial engine currently in production, the M14P, which also powers the Sukhoi aerobatic aircraft. The design features a high aspect ratio (10.5) wing with Fowler flaps and Frise ailerons, a large main cabin door on the left side and faired steel main landing gear units. Skis and floats will be offered as options.

The prototype Finist first flew on December 28 1993, while production deliveries began in January 1995. Technoavia is studying further developments of the basic aircraft, primarily a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turbine powered model.

The SM-92P is an armed version ordered by the Russian border guards. Up to 300 may be required.

Like the much older and out of production Beaver, the Finist is aimed at performing a wide variety of STOL utility missions, and with western certification behind it, it may become a realistic prospect for replacing the world's ageing fleet of utility GA aircraft.

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