Fokker 50 - Charter info
The Fokker 50 is a turboprop airliner designed after the successful Fokker F27. Its stretched version, the Fokker 60, is used for freight. Both of them are assembled in the Netherlands. For us at Private Jet Charter, it’s an aircraft we all know and love. That’s why we would like to share some of our passion with you!
Facts about the Fokker 50 Private Aircraft
Aircraft Type: VIP Airliner
Range: 1,080 nm Nautical Miles (2,000 km)
Crew: Captain, First Officer & Cabin Attendants
Cabin dimensions: Length 52 ft 4 in (6.5 m), Width 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) , Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Luggage capacity: 236.61 cubic feet (6.7 m³)
Let’s start with some numbers
The Fokker 50 was first released in 1987 with its first flight achieved in December 1985. Production stopped in 1996. The constructor, Fokker, has assembled 213 Fokker 50 and over 150 of them still fly today! It’s a very economical aircraft with a buying price of 17.5 million dollars.
The length of the jet is 82.9 feet, its width is 95 feet and its height is 27.3 feet. The cabin (starting from the cockpit) is 52.3 feet long and 8 feet wide. The headroom of the cabin is 6.3 feet, which is comparable to a 737.
The maximum fuel capacity of the aircraft is 9,090 pounds. The Fokker 50 empty weight is over 27000 pounds. It can, when needed, take off as heavy as 45900 pounds. It is generally equipped with two PW125B engines which are capable of 1864 kW of power but can be fitted with two PW127B capable of 1953 kW of power. The Fokker 50’s maximum operational altitude is 25000 feet (flying higher is impossible for turboprops).
Thanks to its Pratt and Whitney Canada engines the Fokker 50 can land on runways 3700 feet long after flying for almost 4 hours. Its maximum range is 1110 nautical miles at a speed of 286 knots. Its maximum speed is 302 knots.
The Fokker 50 has what is called a “dark cockpit” philosophy. This means that buttons and warnings only illuminate when a fault appears and the instruments are mainly dark as a sign of normal operations. It has an Electronic Flight Instrument system as well as an Automatic Flight Control system. They allow the aircraft to land in Cat II landing conditions. Pilot workload is reduced to a minimum thanks to single lever operated engine power management and propeller pitch. The possible addition of new material makes the Fokker 50 a very safe plane.
The usual engine configuration (two PW125B) has low fuel consumption, especially on shorter routes. Compared to jet engines they used 25 to 40 percent less fuel and emit 50 per cent fewer CO2. These engines are very durable, which is why they were chosen for the Fokker 50 which is a rugged aircraft. It can notably land on runways that are far from being in a pristine condition.
Travelling in a Fokker 50
The Fokker 50 cabin can accommodate your tastes and needs. You can, as a maximum, seat 56 passengers but you can also change the configuration to a more comfortable 46. Newly designed seats can be installed to provide even more leg room. As an option, you can have an LED ambient lighting which is both smooth and economical. The cabin is equipped with air conditioning and is surprisingly silent. Noise levels won’t exceed 77 decibels.
The aircraft is capable of landing in virtually any airport thanks to its low noise levels and steep approach capabilities. It will take you anywhere you need to go and will even make preparation shorter thanks to the APU that has been fitted on most of the Fokker 50.
You can learn more about Fokker 50 at their official website.
Images courtesy of Beechcraft - official website.