Originally, manufactured by Convair as a CV340 or CV440, and then converted to prop–jet power by the Allison Division of General Motors Corporation through Canadian STC SA00-140, or FAA STC SA4-1100, conversions today are done by KF Aerospace – the official OEM and Manufacturing Type Certificate holder for all Convair aircraft worldwide.
With aircraft gross weight up to 58,156 pounds, distinguishing features include a pressurized semi-monocoque fuselage, dual wheel tricycle landing gear, a forward self-contained folding stairway and full cargo configuration using pallets or closed containers. Allison 501-D13D, 501D13H, or 501D22G turbine engines power the CV580 through Aero products A6441FN-606A, or Hamilton Standard 54H60-77, 4 bladed, reversing, full feathering propellers. The proven reliability, versatility of configurations, and continuing operator support ensure aircraft viability into the future.
As the Type Certificate holder, we have access to airframes, engineering, and maintenance to provide a customer with a customized CV cargo or fire-fighting solution. Conversion programs typically take 6 months.