Zivko Edge 540

Zivko Edge 540 Chambliss
Zivko Edge 540 Chambliss

Zivko Aeronautics is a woman owned and operated company that has been involved in aircraft and aviation since it’s founding in 1987. The staff at ZAI are professional, with over 70 years of combined experience in every aspect of aviation. The staff includes experienced FAA licensed mechanics; a FAA licensed inspector, and a full time Aeronautical/Avionics/Mechanical Engineering staff. The Edge 540 aircraft is an advanced, Unlimited Class aerobatic aircraft that meets or exceeds the performance of any other aerobatic aircraft available, in the U.S. or abroad.

Edge 540T

In addition to the advanced EDGE wing, the E-540 aircraft utilizes a computer optimized steel tube fuselage with a number of unique features. This results in a stronger, lighter fuselage that is designed to take over 15 G’s of sustained loading. The use of steel tube frame with composite fairings results in an extremely light, easily repairable, and very durable overall fuselage. The E-540 aircraft has the highest aerobatic thrust to weight ratio of any competition aerobatic aircraft currently available; weighting over 300 lbs. less than the Extra 300S (the E-540 also has an additional 27+ HP).

Developing nation: USA
Manufacturer/designer: Zivko Aeronautics, Inc.
Production line: Guthrie Municipal AP, Oklahoma USA
Type aircraft: unlimited aerobatic competition aircraft.
First flight:
Zivko Edge 540
Cockpit: one pilot.
Wing span 7,43 m.
Wing area: 9,87 m².
Fuselage length: 6,30 m
Height: 2,8 m.
Engines: one Lycoming IO-540; 340 h.p. B&C starter and 8 amp alternator, slick mags, Bendix fuel injection system.
Propeller: Hartzell HC-C3YR-1AX1 or HC-C3YR-4AX, composite.
Weight: 530 Kg.
Fuel: fuselage tank capacity 71 liters
wing tank capacity 158 liters.
Max. take off weight: 817 Kg.
Cruise speed: 333 km/h.
Max. speed: 426 km/h.
Max rate of roll: 420°/sec.
G-limits: 10 G.
Range:
Performance: max. rate of climb at 457 m, 1.189 m per minute.
Red Bull Air Race Pilots Flying This Aircraft: Kirby Chambliss.
Mike Mangold.
Paul Bonhomme.
Steve Jones.
Alexander MacLean.
Zivko Edge 540T
Cockpit: one pilot, one passenger.
Wing span 7,68 m.
Wing area: 12,37 m².
Fuselage length: 6,95 m.
Height: 2,8 m.
Engines: one Lycoming IO-540; 340 h.p. B&C starter and 8 amp alternator, slick mags, Bendix fuel injection system.
Propeller: Hartzell HC-C3YR-1AX1 or HC-C3YR-4AX, composite.
Weight: 570 Kg.
Fuel: fuselage tank capacity 75 liters
wing tank capacity 170 liters.
Max. take off weight: 1.000 Kg.
Cruise speed: 342 km/h.
Max. speed: 426 km/h
Max rate of roll: 420°/sec.
G-limits: solo ± 10 G, dual ± 8 G.
Range:
Performance: max. rate of climb at 457 m, 1.127 m per minute.

All pictures Rob Vogelaar and Marcel van Leeuwen

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