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What Is The Largest, Single-pilot Aircraft  
User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 37408 times:

What is the largest, in terms of mass, single-pilot certified aircraft today? Are any of the Lear 20 series classified as single-pilot, and does that category change according to the country of operation?


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21620 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 37396 times:

The Cessna CJ3 is, I believe, single-pilot certified.

Learjets are not, as far as I know.

-Mir



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User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 37381 times:

Thanks Mir,

Do you know what the largest prop plane is that would be certified like that? I don't really mean new planes, I mean traditional planes in the past.



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User currently offlinePilot3033 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 37365 times:

I know that certain aircraft can be flown by a single pilot during ferry flights (no pax or cargo), and in states of emergancy.
-Matt



-Matt
User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 37344 times:

Quoting Hmmmm... (Reply 2):
Thanks Mir,

Do you know what the largest prop plane is that would be certified like that? I don't really mean new planes, I mean traditional planes in the past.

Could be the Cessna Caravan



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6381 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 37319 times:

Anyone know what the max. takeoff weight for one of these puppies is?


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I have seen a PZL Dromader on the ground, and they are absolutely massive! They look like they'd weigh over 12,000 lbs. empty...

I'm assuming that the AN-24 (Anushka) isn't certified for single-pilot ops?



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User currently offlineSpruit From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 37245 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 5):
Anyone know what the max. takeoff weight for one of these puppies is?

General characteristics
Crew: one, pilot
Capacity: one passenger, and up to 2,200 l (581 US gallons) or 1,900 kg (4,180 lb) of chemicals
Length: 9.47 m (31 ft 1 in)
Wingspan: 17.70 m (58 ft 1 in)
Height: 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)
Wing area: 40 m² (430 ft²)
Empty: 2,710 kg (5,975 lb)
Loaded: kg ( lb)
Maximum takeoff: 5,300 kg (11,700 lb)
Powerplant: 1x WSK "PZL-Kalisz"ASz-62IR-M18 piston radial, 745 kW (1,000 hp)

Performance
Maximum speed: 225 km/h (141 mph)
Range: 1,000 km (625 miles)
Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,100 ft)
Rate of climb: 390 m/min (1,280 ft/min)
Wing loading: kg/m² ( lb/ft²)
Power/Mass: kW/kg ( hp/lb)

Have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PZL-Mielec_M-18_Dromader

Contains lots of interesting info!

Spru!



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User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2561 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 37237 times:

You'd probably be looking at some of the light bombers from late WWII, such as the Douglas A-26 Invader (as seen in the Spielberg movie 'Always'). They were single pilot, although they did carry bombadiers and sometimes gunners too. I believe it was certified to a maximum takeoff weight around 35,000 pounds. There aren't many left, but some are still flown by warbird enthusiasts.

HAL



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User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 37109 times:

Hal, it's funny you should mention the A-26 invader, because I was just looking at one on the internet. It is owned by a forest fire fighting company in Alberta, and they have 18! of the old birds.


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User currently offlineGreg3322 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 37086 times:

Quoting Hmmmm... (Reply 2):
Do you know what the largest prop plane is that would be certified like that?

How about a DHC-6 Twin Otter? I have seen them flown single pilot in skydiving operations.

Greg


User currently offlineOkie73 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 37012 times:

F-15? I think the MTOW is upwards of 50,000lbs.

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1690 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 36978 times:

Polynesian is operating Islanders commercially with single-pilot...

Not sure about Cessna 208 Caravans, though (which one is bigger/smaller).



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User currently offlineN757ST From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 362 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 36817 times:

Maybe the Beech 1900... and before y'all get your panties in a wad.. yes it can be flow single pilot under part 91.

User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1659 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 36804 times:

The S-2 Turbo Tracker is single-pilot configured, at least the ones used by the California Division of Forestry for fire-fighting purposes.

User currently offlineSean1234 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 36788 times:

The F-22 is at least 60,000lbs MTOW

User currently offlineC680 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 36779 times:

Some quick data points:

(All Max Weights)

Cessna CJ3: 14,070
King Air 350: 15,100
Beech 1900D: 17,230 (If it can be flown single pilot under part 91 - I have no knowledge of that one...)



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User currently offlineTUSflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 36725 times:

What about the B-47? Didn't it have a pilot, navigator, and a weapons officer?

User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1659 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 36632 times:

A web site I found lists the Navy S-2E as having a MGTOW of 29,150 pounds. I would assume the Turbo Tracker would have an even higher MGTOW, but I could be wrong. The pilot I spoke with said the performance of the turbos was markedly better than the old Wrights that they replaced. This doesn't approach the figures listed above for the F-22 and F-15, but could this be one of the heavier civilian-registered aircraft with a single pilot configuration?

[Edited 2006-08-22 00:35:04]

User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 36601 times:

The SR-71 has a MTOW of 170,000 lbs, approximately the same as a fully loaded 737-900 or A320. The SR-71 has only one pilot as the Reconnaissance Systems Operator in the back seat has no controls.

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 36577 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 18):
The SR-71 has a MTOW of 170,000 lbs, approximately the same as a fully loaded 737-900 or A320. The SR-71 has only one pilot as the Reconnaissance Systems Operator in the back seat has no controls.

Just barely beat me. The SR-71 has it as far as I know. Although, if you want seriously only one crewmember, it'd be the A-12 variant. That is one serious airplane to strap on all by yourself.


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 36567 times:

Agreed I was reading all the replies and the Blackbird had my vote, you both got to it first though.  Smile


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User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1555 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 36544 times:

Quoting C680 (Reply 15):
King Air 350: 15,100



Quoting C680 (Reply 15):
King Air 350: 15,100
Beech 1900D: 17,230 (If it can be flown single pilot under part 91 - I have no knowledge of that one...)

Well I can tell you the King Air 350 is not a single pilot aircraft, that I know for a fact. As far as the Beech 1900's. I am pretty sure the C models can be flown single pilot, but I am not too sure if the D models can be flown single pilot.
What about a Failchild Metroliner III, or Beach 99? I know for a fact Ameriflight operates them single pilot. I do agree that some of the old war birds and military planes would probably win in this category!!



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User currently offlineCaboclo From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 36499 times:

Metro's are single pilot under part 91 or cargo only ops, biggest model is 16,500 lbs. Beech 99 is a little smaller, I think.


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User currently offlineC680 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 36486 times:

Quoting CBPhoto (Reply 21):
Well I can tell you the King Air 350 is not a single pilot aircraft

Incorrect.

I have a type rating for a King Air 300/350 single pilot. (and over 800 hours in type - single pilot) I fly Part 91 - I have no idea if there is a separate Part 135 rule on the subject. The Type rating for King Air 300 and 350 is the same type rating.

See FAA Advisory Circular No: 61-89E for more information. (This advisory circular also contains a very good list of various type ratings)



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 36454 times:

What about E110 Bandit? I know for sure that airplane is single pilot under part 91 cargo. The B99 can most certainly be flown with a single pilot in cargo ops. I almost certain a 1900D model is single if hauling cargo. What about the E120?

MCOflyer



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25 Zeke : In the civil world I would think the Virginflyer of more recent times, think it had a MTOW of around 23000 lb, heap of military fast jets that are way
26 Yanqui67 : The Raytheon Premier 1 390 is single pilot rated business jet.
27 RC135U : That would be the B-58, coming in at 163,000 pounds. The B-47 had a pilot, copilot, and bombardier/navigator. BTW, the copilot's seat could swivel to
28 Bohlman : A graduate of my school flies around his GIV single pilot. As long as there are no pax or non essential cargo (aka ferry flights), quite a few "big" a
29 CBPhoto : Huh...I guess you learn something new everyday!! I had heard from many people that King Air 350 was the only king air that required two crew in the k
30 Post contains images TripleDelta : Just to correct a little mistake: the Anushka is the An-2. The An-24 is twin-turboprop airliner: The An-2 crew does indeed consist of a pilot and co-
31 Hmmmm... : Does this apply to a Learjet 24, a very small learjet?
32 Okie73 : B-58 MTOW 163,000. Max weight in flight (with air refueling) 176,890[Edited 2006-08-22 16:19:25]
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