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Extra EA-500

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Extra EA-500
Image requested
Type Civilian aircraft
Author(s) D-EKEW, D-Leon, D-STHO
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Status Early production
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The real Extra 500

The Extra EA-500 is a six-seat single-engined turboprop aircraft produced by the Extra Aircraft company.

It will be the first model in FlightGear with fully simulated attrition. Additionally it will be equipped with one of the most sophisticated and most modern glass cockpits ever modelled in FlightGear.


Since March 2013 D-EKEW, D-Leon, D-STHO are working on this model. They are making use of original data from the Pilot's Operation Handbook. People who have experienced the aircraft in real life help calibrating the FDM as well as tuning the systems behaviour.

About the airplane

Extra EA-Series

The Extra Aircraft company designed several aerobatic aircraft based on the early EA-230 and EA-260, followed by the FAR23 certified EA-300 series (EA-300, EA-300/S, EA-300/L, EA-300/200, EA-300/LT, EA-330/LC, EA-330/SC). The company introduced the Extra EA-400 in 2001. This was a cross-country airplane with many exclusive features including carbon fiber construction, pressurized cabin, high strutless wing, and seating for six. The EA-500 was introduced as an alternative version of the EA-400 where the piston engine was replaced by a Rolls-Royce Model 250-B17F/2 turboprop producing 450 horsepower (340 kW) and driving a MT-propeller 5 bladed propeller. Walter Extra flew the first EA-500 from Germany to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to illustrate its range and capabilities. The most recent changes to the aircraft come from Avidyne with their latest glass avionics, Entegra R9.

General characteristics

Crew 1
Capacity 5 PAX or 525 kg payload
Length 10.1 m
Span 11.7 m
Height 3.4 m
Empty weight 1,420 kg
Max takeoff weight 2,130 kg
Engine type turboprop
Enginge Rolls-Royce Model 250-B17F/2
Cruise speed 210 kts
Stall speed 61 kts
Range 2,963 km
Endurance 7.9 hours at cruise speed
Ceiling 25,000 ft
Climb rate 1,335 ft/min


The development version is available via Gitorious:

git clone git@gitorious.org:extra500/extra500.git

The developers will establish a release plan in order to publish stable versions for each FlightGear release as well as actual developer versions for testers.