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Cessna 340

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Cessna 335/340
1979 Cessna 340A
Role Light twin aircraft
Manufacturer Cessna
First flight 1970
Produced 1971-1984
Number built 1351
Developed from Cessna 310[1]

Interior
Interior

Instrument panel
Instrument panel

1973 model Cessna 340
1973 model Cessna 340

1973 model Cessna 340 front view
1973 model Cessna 340 front view

Airstair door
Airstair door

The Cessna 340 is a twin piston engine pressurized business aircraft that was manufactured by Cessna.

The Cessna 335 is an unpressurized version, which appears the same externally as the 340. It was much less successful than the 340.

Development

The 340 was conceived of as a cabin-class development of the successful Cessna 310.

The 340 is a six seat aircraft, with four passenger seats, an aisle and an airstair door. The tail and landing gear were based on the Cessna 310's units, while its wings were from the Cessna 414. The 340's primary selling features were its spacious, pressurized cabin, the first in a light twin.

Work on the 340 began in 1969 and the first aircraft was delivered in 1971, behind schedule as one of the prototypes crashed during flight testing in 1970.

The early models have two turbocharged Continental TSIO-520-K engines with 285 hp (214 kW) each. Starting in 1976 the engines were upgraded to the more powerful Continental TSIO-520-NB engines of 310hp (233 kW). This variant is known as the 340A and it also features smaller 75.5-inch (1,920 mm) diameter propellers to reduce noise and meet ICAO Annex 16 noise requirements.

The Cessna 335, a low-priced, non-pressurized, version powered by 300hp (225 kW) Continental TSIO-520-EB engines that was produced from 1979. It was not a market success, with only 64 built by the time production ended in 1980.

The 340 was more successful and remained in production until 1984 with 1287 built.

Variants

340
Pressurized six-seat twin powered by two Continental TSIO-520-K engines of 285 hp (214 kW) each. Certified 15 October 1971.
340A
Pressurized six-seat twin powered by two Continental TSIO-520-NB engines of 310hp (233 kW) each. Certified 19 November 1975
335
Unpressurized six-seat twin powered by Continental TSIO-520-EB engines of two 300hp (225 kW) each. Certified 2 October 1979

Specifications (340A)

Data from Plane & Pilot, Airliners.net, The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: Five passengers
  • Length: 34 ft 4 in (10.46 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 1 in (11.62 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)
  • Wing area: 184 ft² (17.1 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 23018 (root) NACA 23015 (tip)
  • Empty weight: 3,921 lb (1,780 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 5,990 lb (2,719kg)
  • Powerplant: 2× Continental TSIO-520-NB 6-cylinder piston engines, 310hp (231 kW) each

Performance

See also

Comparable aircraft




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Published - July 2009














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