KTS is the owner of its very own Cessna Grand Caravan 208B Flight Test Plane, KTS1.

KTS provides a flight test plane to support customers' needs. KTS installs, integrates, flies, tests, and evaluates technologies ranging from first-of-kind proof of concepts to fielded, proven systems.

Several customers are using KTS1 for the purposes of

  • Flight Test Concept Demonstrator
  • Data Collection
  • Risk Reduction Testing
  • Contractor Testing
  • Formal Acceptance Testing

KTS1 Capabilities

Day / Night Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) solution

Modular, Rapidly reconfigurable

Interoperability Systems provide Chat, Full Motion Video, Voice

Survivability Systems

Electronic Warfare Systems

Cargo Bays (Underbelly)

Roll On Roll Off Solutions

Data Collection Instrumentation

Payload & Instrumentation Options

KTS can install a significant amount of equipment under test in KTS1’s cargo bay, within its cabin, or on a wing station pylon.

Substantial system and instrumentation power available 120VAC (~800W), 400 Hz (~1500W), and 28VDC (~5600W) with circuit breakers and can be easily tailored per installation

Optional equipment provided by KTS

Data Acquisition Units (DAU)

  • MIL-STD-1553
  • HLII and ARINC-818 Frame Grabbers
  • Serial Recording (RS232 and RS422)
  • FDAD Ethernet
  • GPS / IRIG
  • All data files time stamped

Instrumentation Racks

  • Light Weight Carbon Fiber Design
  • Quick insertion of standalone equipment

Aircraft Busses

  • MIL-STD-1553 Busses (x4)
  • Ethernet Switches/Routers
  • Cross Domain Solutions
  • Encryption Systems

Additional Capabilities

  • VOIP Services within Cabin
  • RFID
  • Digital Checklists
  • Android Phones and Tablets with Apps

High bandwidth encrypted communications between KTS1,
other platforms, and ground nodes

KTS1 Cessna Grand Caravan Specifications

  • Single-engine Turboprop Cessna Grand Caravan 208B
  • Length : 41 ft 7 in (12.67 m)
  • Wingspan : 52 ft 1 in (15.88 m)
  • Empty weight : 4,570 lb (2,073 kg) (weight of
    typically equipped unit is 2127 kg/4690 lb)
  • Powerplant : 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114A
    turboprop, 677 hp (505 kW)
  • Height : 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m)
  • Wing area : 279 sq ft (25.9 m2)
  • Aspect ratio : 9.72
  • Gross weight : 8,750 lb (3,969 kg) (maximum
    landing weight is 3856 kg/8500 lb.)
  • Fuel capacity : 332 gallon/2224 lb
  • Propellers : 3-bladed Hartzell variable pitch

KTS1 Performance

  • Minimum speed : 70 kts
  • Cruise Speed : 140-150 kts
  • Maximum speed : 165-180 kts
  • Wing loading : 31.36 lb/sq ft (153.1 kg/m2)
  • Range : 600 nmi (4-6 hours)
  • Ceiling : 25,000’
  • Rate of climb : 770 ft/min

KTS1 is based out of DuPage Airport with hangar space. KTS modifies, maintains, and installs on KTS1 at this location. KTS works very closely with its partners at the airport to achieve FAA certification for any aircraft modifications required to meet customer needs.

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