The Brumby AirCruiser is an all-metal, single engine, low wing four place, general aviation aircraft.
The AirCruiser is certified by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to meet the requirements of U.S. FAA Federal Aviation Regulation Part 23 (i.e. FAR23) for missions including day, night, VFR and IFR flight.
Brumby engineers are currently working on the final design of the new AirCruiser and while only one AirCruiser has been produced to date, the highly successful military air training aircraft known as the CT-4 was derived from the AirCruiser design but up-graded to aerobatic standard. The CT-4 is used by the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Thai Air Force for ab initio flight training.
Some key features of the AirCruiser are:
- Available with a choice of engines—the 4 cylinder Continental IO-390 rated at 210 hp, the 6 cylinder Continental IO-550 cylinder rated at 310 hp, or a gas turbine engine (Prop-jet) predicted to be an Allison model 250 de-rated to 275 hp driving a 3 blade propeller.
- The choice of three engines provides the AirCruiser with the ability to satisfy a significant range of mission requirements from basic training in flight schools, to fast economical personal air transport for families, to high speed, high altitude business travel.
- In its basic 210 hp piston configuration, the AirCruiser will have a cruising speed similar to or exceeding speeds of well-respected Cessna and Piper models such as the Piper Archer III and the Cessna 172s.
- The 310 hp Continental will deliver cruising speeds and useful load capabilities similar to the highly successful Cirrus SR22 but at a significantly reduced capital cost.
- The prop-jet powered AirCruiser is targeted at the business community’s requirement for high altitude, high cruise speed transportation, and at the time of writing has effectively no competition.