Short SC.7 Skyvan
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Short SC.7 Skyvan

The Skyvan had its origins in the Miles Aerovan, the concept of which was taken on by Short in a radically overhauled design. The high aspect ratio SC.7 Skyvan prototype flew with Continental piston engines, but it was decided that turboprop power was required, so the prototype and early production (Series 2) examples were ultimately fitted with Astazou II turboprops. These engines were not ideal for hot-and-high conditions or American customers, however, so the Series 3 was upgraded to the specified Garrett type. In all, 149 Skyvans were built and sold to commercial freight/passenger 'bush' operators and military/paramilitary This sole example of the Skyvan sold to the Sharjah Amiri Air Wing was delivered in 1986. It was also the last Skyvan build completed. operators up until 1986. The Skyliner was a dedicated passenger-carrying version.

Short SC.7 SkyvanA three-view drawing (689 x 818)

 MODELSkyvan Series 3
 ENGINE2 x Garrett TPE331-201 turbo-prop, 533kW
    Take-off weight5670 kg12500 lb
    Empty weight3500 kg7716 lb
    Wingspan19.79 m65 ft 11 in
    Length12.22 m40 ft 1 in
    Height4.6 m15 ft 1 in
    Wing area34.65 m2372.97 sq ft
    Cruise speed325 km/h202 mph
    Ceiling6860 m22500 ft
    Range w/max.fuel1117 km694 miles
    Range w/max.payload450 km280 miles

Short SC.7 Skyvan

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John Whiddett, 29.10.2017

Does Martyn Haynes still have the radio control model plans ?

Paulus Waqué, 02.08.2016

Does anyone have construction drawings of the Shorts SC& Skyvan for the purpose to remanufacture and final assemble in Ontario Canada complete with Pratt turbo engines. Paul sr.

Leo Gutierrez, 28.06.2016


I would like to get information as to where to source Skyvan parts.

fernandp paternina, 19.05.2014

We have been in business for 54 years now, focused almost exclusively on the TPE331 series of turboprop engines. National Flight is the only Honeywell Authorized Service Center to offer a 5 year warranty on all of our engine work, which has turned out to be a great value to our loyal customers. We also boast the only Honeywell Authorized Component Shop in the world, which allows us to accomplish our quick turnaround time much more easily. In fact, many of our competitors send us the components from the engine jobs they are working on! National Flight Services also has 1 of only 2 Woodward Fuel Control Shops in the world, the 2nd being Honeywell themselves. With over $3.5m dollars in TPE331 parts inventory, you can also rest assured that should a problem arise with one of your engines, we will be able to deliver whatever is needed to keep your aircraft flying.

Tue, 23.12.2013

Hi Ayied Alahmadi,

Do you have more info on the 4 SC7 going on sale in Saudi? I reckon yur input was in midt February. But any more info I would appreciate.

Ron Holtane, 16.08.2013

WE also had this aircraft in Vietnam in the late 60's

Sven. (THE Sven), 16.02.2013

Just in case anyone thinks I left the comment about the more streamlined nose. It wasn't me!
A good aeroplane with a history that goes back to some other great aircraft.

AYIED ALAHMADI, 15.02.2013

there are four storage SC-7 is going for sale soon. they are base in Saudi Arabia.

Kelly Wellington, 17.10.2012

Yes...Airfix made a model of the SC-7, now OOP.

For those who want a more pointed nose (aerodynamic) and a longer range, I suggest you look into the Short Sherpa.

Jim Kreinhop, 06.08.2012

I waqs flown a couple of times in the Skyvan from Cape Romanzoff to Bethel, AK in 1974-75. I believe it was Wien Airlines.

Miguel Benjamin, 13.07.2012

Good day sir,

I am contacting you with hopes of finding a certify flight instructor for
the shorts SC7 skyvan. The Guyana Defence Force located in Guyana South
America is presently putting our skyvan back in service and need help in
finding an instructor to get the crew current. Any help would be welcomed.
Thank you

Miguel Benjamin

Fred60, 18.06.2012

Hi Martyn Hayes
I would love to build a Skyvan. If it possible i need a copy of the R/C plans for the Skyvan.
Thanks a lot.

Jon, 14.06.2012

Hi Martyn, would love to get a copy of the R/C plans for the Skyvan.

alfedo Moreno, 28.05.2012

Por favor si alguien me puede informar cuanto cuesta de fabrica y cuanto ya usado para tener una ida ya que hay un grupo de persona de

Martyn Hayes, 02.05.2012

I have plans for a balsa wood radio controlled flying model of the Skyvan if anyone is interested.

daniel, 14.01.2012

wasent this plane in the movie rio?

Pertti Lehtinen, 16.04.2011

Have flown both formerly BAW Transport and still flying passanger version of the type (OH-SBA) as well as the FAR 23 freighter version (OH-SBB). OH-SBA is still in a very active (Aalto University) role, so if anybody has any information of awailable parts, pls inform me asap. About Take-Off and Landing performance details I have both actual and Factory estimated(prior certification)numbers. If you have any further questions/info, tell me PLEASE!


Pertti Lehtinen

Sven, 11.12.2010

Now, THAT'S how a plane should look. Would prefer more pointed-streamlined nose and more range, 450kms is a bit, er, short, perhaps one could mount some extra tanks in the roofline if the load allows, 900kms would be brill, saving much time. Small but load-worthy planes like this are very practical, they can fly-in-and-out of just about anywhere, making it the Transit of the skies.

T. Morrison, 26.09.2010

Does anyone have a model of the SC7?. I would be interested in buying one.

rodo, 07.07.2010

do you remember this,totoche.polyglota

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