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Light piston aircraft. In service since 1954. First civil twin engine aircraft designed by CESSNA. Exists in both civil and military versions. A development of 310F was the turbocharged 320 Skyknight with a fourth cabin window. It was replaced by the similar T310. The 310G introduced tiptanks, 310K replaced the rear two windows on each side by a single unit. Production ended in 1987 after more than 5400 civil- and 196 of the military versions had been built. US-mil. type: U-3. The Turbo-charged version has got a ceiling of FL274.
|Wing span||11.3 m37.073 ft <br />|
|Length||9.7 m31.824 ft <br />|
|Height||3.3 m10.827 ft <br />|
|Powerplant||310: 2 x 240 HP Continental IO-470-M or 2 x 260 HP Continental IO-470-D or 2 x 285 HP Continental IO-520-M piston engines with 3 blade propellers.
T310: 2 x 285 HP Continental TSIO-520-B turbocharged piston engines with 3 blade propellers.
|Engine model||Continental O-470, Continental O-520|
(to 5000 ft)
|MACH Climb||Cruise||Initial Descent
|V2 (IAS)||kts||IAS||kts||IAS||kts||IAS||kts||MACH||TAS||193 kts||MACH||IAS||kts||IAS||kts||Vapp (IAS)||kts|
|Distance||507 m||ROC||ft/min||ROC||ft/min||ROC||ft/min||ROC||ft/min||MACH||ROD||ft/min||ROD||ft/min||MCS||kts||Distance||546 m|
|MTOW||24002,400 kg <br />2.4 tonnes <br /> kg||Ceiling||FL250||ROD||ft/min||APC||A|
|WTC||L||Range||640640 nm <br />1,185,280 m <br />1,185.28 km <br />3,888,713.914 ft <br /> NM|
Accidents & Serious Incidents involving C310
- C310, Hawarden UK, 2013 (On 15 November 2013, a privately operated Cessna 310 about to land at Hawarden crashed after power was lost from one engine and the experienced pilot appeared to have attempted to initiate a go around rather than land on the grass next to the runway. The Investigation found that both main fuel tanks were effectively empty after normal fuel use during the flight and since unused fuel remained in the auxiliary tanks, it was concluded that fuel starvation attributable to en route fuel system mismanagement had occurred. The other engine had been at full power but with fuel starvation imminent.)
- C310, vicinity Wolf Point MT USA, 2000 (On 25 May 2000, a commercially operated Cessna 310R on a positioning flight encountered a flock of geese in VMC at about 600 feet agl after a daylight take off from Wolf Point MT and one of the geese impacted and broke through the windscreen causing the pilot to loose control and the aircraft to crash.)