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Zivko Edge 540

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The aircraft before takeoff.
The aircraft before takeoff.

An early, wire-braced tail version of the Edge 540.
An early, wire-braced tail version of the Edge 540.

The Zivko Edge 540 manufactured by Zivko Aeronautics is a highly aerobatic aircraft. Capable of a 420 degree per second roll rate and a 3,700 foot per minute climb rate, it has been flown to victory on the international Unlimited aerobatics circuit several times since the mid-1990s. A tandem-seat version is sold as the Edge 540T.

The Zivko Edge 540X is the most common aircraft used in the Red Bull Air Race World Series, in fact all champions of the World Series have flown this aircraft.

Specifications (Edge 540)

Data from Edge Homepage, Edge Air Races Datasheet

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: one (pilot only)
  • Length: 6.27 m (20 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.42 m (24 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 2.87 m (9 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 9.1 m² (98 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 531 kg (1,170 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 703 kg (1,550 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 816 kg (1,800 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1× Modified Lycoming AEIO-540 Hartzell composite, 3 blade, 254 kW (340 hp)


See also

Related development

  • Zivko Edge 540T

Comparable aircraft

External links

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Published in July 2009.

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