GAF N22 Nomad
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GAF N22 Nomad

The first prototype flew on July 23, 1971. 170 built.

GAF N22 NomadA three-view drawing (700 x 1052)

 MODELGAF N22B "Nomad"
 ENGINE2 x Allison 250-B17C turboprops, 313kW
    Take-off weight3586 kg7906 lb
    Empty weight2150 kg4740 lb
    Wingspan16.52 m54 ft 2 in
    Length12.56 m41 ft 2 in
    Height5.52 m18 ft 1 in
    Wing area30.10 m2323.99 sq ft
    Cruise speed311 km/h193 mph
    Ceiling6400 m21000 ft
    Range1350 km839 miles

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db, 08.03.2018

Flew both N22 and N24 in the Marshal Islands, maintenance nightmare, The Allison engines always making metal never made it to overhaul. No trim tabs, hands on flying all the time, no auto pilot, on long ocean trips. Very tiring. Nice view from the cockpit, oh and when loading make sure tail stand is in place, saw a couple in Guam on their butt...great idea, originally supposed to have PT6 but they got Allison's not a good engine for this airplane at all.

John A Garrison Jr, 04.12.2017

Hi Gents,
I flew these aircraft for Air New Orleans, operating as Continental Commuter for a bit, in the late '80s. We had one N22 and 5 N24s...I liked the aircraft, especially the 22. It seemed like you could land it on a postage stamp. It was somewhat slow, however, and that little Allison had a tendency to want to make ice in the inlet on climb out, even in clear air, and it was slow. But the viz from the cockpit was great, and I felt that it would have been more at home in the outback. I liked to fly them, though...they were fun.

Stu Witt, 17.10.2017

Hi,I have a N24a nomad, have a few part to sell, if anyone is interested. Thanks

TORBJÍRN KAMPE, 06.05.2017

It's no fun that such a good aircraft is not left.
If you see how Australia looks, you're wondering
Why put down such a good aircraft that is adapted to
Australian Foreground. Big mistake of the Ausral state.

Stuart Lee, 24.07.2016

Tom there's a N24 in the Australian Aviation Trader, 20.05.2016

Requiere GAF Normad with camera pod. Money in escrow.

Tom Bush, 16.04.2016

does anyone know of any Nomads for sale anywhere. If so would appreciate any details please

Oby., 13.04.2016

Regarding the following comment by Ron, 07.02.2014- "There was a known problem involving fatigue cracking in the rear of the fuselage. The Australian Army stopped doing the regular crack checks required and when one inevitably crashed because of a large unseen crack they looked to blame the designers.", the Australian Army did not stop doing the required inspection!! The Nomad that crashed because of the fatigue crack was never operated by the Army and was operated by the RAAF.

TORBJÍRN KAMPE, 18.10.2015

it's not fun to such a good aircraft does not remain in office long.
a good aircraft for the RAAF and RFDs.
not fun for Australia.

Stu Witt, 22.08.2015

Hi, I have just purchased a nomad n22, I have many parts available that are for sale, 3-sets of wings, plus a whole tail section, and the whole landing gear, and nose gear, you may cantact me at my email if interested, Thanks

Sandy McLeod, 05.11.2014

Looking for parts regarding Nomad N-22
please contact with available parts list.Pricing
My thanks

Ron, 07.02.2014

The crash at Avalon occurred when investigating the edges of the flight envelope. There was concern over a potential flutter problem under some flight conditions. The aircraft was put through maneuvers to see when flutter occurred. In this case it was initiated but the pilot was unable to regain control before impact. I don't know at what altitude the tests were done at - there is an official report somewhere.

Ron, 07.02.2014

There was a known problem involving fatigue cracking in the rear of the fuselage. The Australian Army stopped doing the regular crack checks required and when one inevitably crashed because of a large unseen crack they looked to blame the designers. Fatigue cracks occur in most aircraft, particularly military ones. Inspection and repair/replacement processes keep them flying for decades.
Carelessness, cost cutting and ignorance kills.

Irwin, 04.09.2013

Hi My company operates 2 Nomads here in looking for spares and anyone of you out there who might have any spares/seals or knows where I could obtain these spares from, please let me know, thanks guys....

Dave Whiteman, 16.07.2013

I flew Nomad VH-ELN as co-pilot, with Vic Walton as PIC, back in 1977 when we took it to New Zealand on a demo tour for 2 weeks. I have some images of the aircraft on my Flickr site if anyone is interested. Vic operated an N22 at Aquatic Airways at Palm Beach for a while. A great aircraft for what it was designed for.

Ismael E. Tan, 22.02.2013

I am dealing with the Philippine Air Force which operates the N-22 Nomad aircraft. I am being asked to supply them needed parts for this aircraft. Where could I buy these parts? Thank you.

Roger Hart, 25.10.2012

I saw a few down near Tucson being scrapped near the Davis Monthan Boneyard about 6 years ago, had to shed a tear seeing our beloved Aussie Nomad in bits so far from home, at least it was sharing space with a Viscount nose and cockpit

Robert Leavitt, 15.10.2012

A number of these were broken up at the Henderson Executive Airport, near Las Vegas, Nevada, some years back.

Steve Bensen, 26.04.2012

The test pilot's name was Glen Donovan - a great bloke - I think the elevator detached and he went in inverted. Bloody tragedy, one of the nicest blokes you would ever meet and a good operator.

Barry, 24.04.2012

In the early 70s I was a photographer in the RAAF and had to fly to adelaide to photograph a camera installation in an army queenair.I flew in a RAAF Nomad and the pilot let me take the controls I actually flew all the way there and back except for the T/O and landing.
I had never flown before but knew the basics.
I was with the research and development unit in the RAAF at Laverton.
We did a lot of work with the Nomad trials and I think that a senior test pilot sadly was killed when the one crashed.
I enjoyed the flight to and from Adelaide it enabled the pilot sitting beside me to write his report It was tiring as there was no auto pilot but a memorable event

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