Looking like a miniature 737, the Aerostar Jet is drawing lots
of attention here at Oshkosh 2011. The Aerostar was originally
designed for jet engines by Ted Smith, but the design was ahead of
it’s time since suitable engines were not available. So the
Aerostar began life with piston engines.
Fast forward to 2011 and the technology is available. Outfitted
with the Pratt and Whitney 615 engines, the Aerostar design is
coming full circle. The airplane has flown and the Jim
Christy and his team plan on offering retrofits and hopefully in
the future new production airplanes.
PW 615 engine has 1460 lbs of thrust and the Aerostar Jet
cruises at 400 knots. The airplane has a little more room for fuel
which it will use to stretch the range to 1000 miles. The airplanes
climbs at 5000 fpm at gross weight and has a useful load of 2200
lbs. The turbine engine installation is 500 lbs lighter, 250 lbs
The Aerostar Owners Association been supporting and upgrading
Aerostars for 15 years.