PODESVA TRENER BABY

TYPE: Tandem-seat ultralight/kitbuilt.

PROGRAMME: Designed and built as ultralight prototype by Peter Podesva; scale replica of Czechoslovak Zlin 126 Trener (member of Zlin 26 family, which was produced between late 1940s and mid-1970s). Production version built by son, Tomas Podesva at Hranice; certified and distributed by Flaming Air; second aircraft (OK-FUD 01) exhibited at ILA, Berlin, June 2000. Certification in mid-2001.

CURRENT VERSIONS: Ultralight: Wooden wings; MTOW limited to 450 kg (992 lb). Also available as kit, meeting '51 per cent rule'.
Experimental: Metal wings: 520 kg (1,146 lb) MTOW; kitbuilt.

COSTS: Kit €55,500 including engine (2003).

DESIGN FEATURES: Low wing with sweptback leading-edge and unswept trailing-edge; mid-mounted, braced tailplane. Replica of Zlin 126 aerobatic trainer to 80 per cent scale, except full-scale cockpit.

FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual. Split flaps. Flight-adjustable tabs on both elevators; ground-adjustable tab on rudder and port aileron.

STRUCTURE: Steel tube fuselage with fabric covering, except for sheet metal upper surface and engine cowling; fabric-covered empennage. Wings wood or metal, according to version, with aluminium leading-edge and fabric covering. Composites nose fairing.

LANDING GEAR: Tailwheel type; fixed. Mainwheels 5.00-5; tailwheel 200x50. Hydraulic brakes.

POWER PLANT: One 55.1 kW (73.9 hp) Walter Mikron III four-cylinder, in-line piston engine driving a Kremen two-blade, variable-pitch (electric), wooden propeller or Woodcomp fixed-pitch propeller. (VZLU two-blade wooden propeller on prototype.) Fuel capacity 35 litres (9.2 US gallons; 7.7 Imp gallons).

AVIONICS: To customer's specification.

 

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