The Cobalt 50 Valkyrie aircraft manufactured by Cobalt aircraft was launched in San Francisco in November 2015. The fully-certified version is capable of being flown unrestricted. The prototype of Cobalt 50 Valkyrie made its first flight in September 2012. Five prototypes of the Cobalt 50 aircraft were developed so far and deliveries of are expected to commence in mid-2017.

The aircraft is developed in compliance with federal aviation regulations (FAR) 23 certification and instrument flight rules (IFR) capability. It can fly at a maximum speed of 260kt, making it the fastest single-engine piston aircraft in the five-seat category.

Cobalt 50 Valkyrie aircraft design and features

The Valkyrie aircraft was designed by David Loury with the major focus being on performance and safety.

“The aircraft features a large single-piece canopy with a forward-tilting glasshouse cabin that gives a 320° view to the occupants.”

The aircraft features a canard with a forewing design, which was inspired by the smooth, aerodynamic lines of military fighter aircraft. It comes with standard retractable landing gear and includes an anti-ice system. It also includes an optional extra in rescue parachute, which can be deployable in case of a catastrophic failure or complete loss of aircraft control.

The exterior dimensions of the aircraft include a length of 9.1m (30ft), a width of 9.1m (30ft) and a height of 3m (10ft). The exterior of the aircraft comes in a range of custom finishes including dark colours, typically harder on composites.

Cockpit and avionics of Co50 Valkyrie aircraft

The Co50 Valkyrie comes with a SmartDeck avionics suite integrated with two Esterline certified 12in screens. It includes autopilot and the latest in avionics technology. The flight controls can be managed through a side stick.

The cockpit further includes modern electronic displays on the dashboard and space for an iPad.

Co50 Valkyrie aircraft cabin details

The aircraft features a large single-piece canopy with a forward-tilting glasshouse cabin that gives a 320° view to the occupants. It offers seating for five persons including a pilot. The cabin also includes storage for golf clubs, skis and suitcases, which can carry up to 30kg.

The cabin interior features leather seats, hand-stitched by former Hermès craftsmen. The cabin is oxygenised and non-pressurised. The engine of the aircraft is located on the rear, resulting in a quiet cabin.

Cobalt 50 Valkyrie aircraft engine

The aircraft is powered by a single TSIOF-550-D2B twin-turbo piston engine manufactured by Continental. The engine generates 260kW (350hp) of power and is controlled by a single powerlink full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system. The engine is driven by a three-blade carbon-fibre pusher propeller.

Co50 Valkyrie aircraft performance

The aircraft can reach a maximum speed of 260kt and offers a cruising range of 1,050nm with NBAA IFR reserves. It can carry a maximum payload of 378kg. It has a takeoff obstacle of 1,900ft, a landing roll of 1,100ft and a climb rate of 1,500ft/min.