The Conquest structure is a typical Aluminium structure consisting of fuselage, wings and empenage.
The fuselage is an all metal semi-monocoque structure that is divided into 3 major sections.
The nose section of the aircraft is unpressurised and is used for forward baggage, storing the aircraft avionics equipment, nose wheel well, air cycle machine, aircraft batteries and emergency gear extension blow down bottle.
Access to the nose section is achieved through 3 nose baggage doors (2 on the left side and 1 on the right side).
250 lbs (113 kgs) of baggage can be loaded into the avionics compartment and 350 lbs (159 kgs) can be loaded into the nose baggage compartment. This gives a total of 600 lbs (272 kgs) in the nose.
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|Avionics Compartment ||Nose Baggage Compartment |
With a full complement of passengers the nose section of the Conquest will need to be loaded as much as possible to maintain the aircraft within weight and balance limits. Hint: the autopilot on Conquests work much smoother with a forward C of G.
Be sure to always lock the nose baggage locker doors before flight too, they have been known to open up in flight due to poor latches.
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|Nose Unlocked ||Nose Locked |
The centre section of the Conquest fuselage is the pressurised cabin and cockpit areas.
It is separated from the nose section and the tail section by the forward and rear pressure bulkheads which are used to seal the cabin for pressurisation during flight.
The cockpit section of the Conquest can be separated from the cabin by cabin dividers and curtain.
Crew seats are adjustable fore and aft through the use of traditional seat rails, and are fully adjustable up and down and can be reclined through the use of adjustable hydraulic cylinders located under the seats.
Cabin seats come in various types from simple Cattle class seats to expensive reclining executive seats which include armrests.
Many cabin configurations are available from hi-density 11 seat configurations to executive configurations incorporating small galleys and bars to satisfy client needs.
The Conquest utilises a bi-fold outward opening cabin door to enter the cabin section which is positioned behind the left wing on the side of the fuselage.
The lower half of the bi-fold door provides steps to aid in passenger boarding while the upper portion folds upward and is held in the open position by a gas filled strut.
The doors are locked by the use of 2 handles one on each door.
Access to the lower door handle is only possible after opening the top door first.
When locking the top door it is important to ensure that the handle is turned fully clockwise before stowing the handle.
|Lower door in the closed position with the latching handle slightly raised.
||Both upper and lower doors closed and latched.
||6 flags confirm correct door latching.
Correct door latch engagement can be checked by the pilot inside the cabin by observing 6 green flags that will appear in small windows located in both the upper and lower door.
Incorrect upper door engagement may cause a DOOR NOT LOCKED light to appear on the left hand cockpit annunciator panel.
This light is controlled by a fuselage mounted micro switch which is activated by the forward locking pin on the upper cabin door.
Possible cabin depressurisation may occur if the cabin door is not closed correctly.