Aeroprakt A32 demo flight

Via the cockpit video recorder, follow Yuriy Yakovlyev, A32 designer, Aeroprakt CEO and gold award-winning pilot as he takes the A32 through a demonstration flight routine at the 2017 Krakow Airshow in Poland..

It’s interesting to watch Yuriy’s use of throttle and flap and his control of airspeed throughout the 5-minute routine. This video shows what the A32 can do when flown by an experienced pilot.

However… PLEASE NOTE: most of the manoeuvres in this flight sequence are illegal in this type of aircraft in Australia! DO NOT try this at home – remember, Yuriy has many thousands of hours flying experience, not only in his own Aeroprakt factory aircraft but in many other types too.

As usual, click the picture or on this link to see the video: Yuriy flies the A32 at Krakow, Poland

Tyabb Airshow

Well, how quickly have another 2 years sped by? It’s time again for the bi-annual Tyabb Airshow, to be held this year on Sunday 11 March 2018. Gates open at 08.30 and the air display starts at 11.30. The theme of this year’s show is ‘War & Peace’ and there will be many of the old warbirds, for which Tyabb is famous, on display on the ground and in the air. In addition, many Tyabb hangar owners will be opening up their doors to show aircraft old and new.

The airshow this year is sponsored by BP and Eastlink, as well as the Peninsula Aero Club, which has a proud tradition of supporting local community service clubs from the proceeds of their airshows.

The 2018 Airshow is no different with the major beneficiary to be Riding for the Disabled (RDA). RDA Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that enables individuals with a variety of disabilities, ages and backgrounds to develop independence, a sense of freedom and to reach their equestrian goals, through adaptive coaching techniques and equipment.

The Aero Club will also be supporting the Tyabb CFA, a vital service for all of us, the Mt Eliza Lions Club which exists to support the comminity through a variety of initiatives and the Tyabb Football & Cricket Clubs which serve local youth.

You can save $5 per head by purchasing your tickets on line by clicking here. This will also save you having to queue at the gate to get into what is always a very popular show.

Foxbat Australia will have several aircraft on static display, including the Kelpie and Vixxen, as well as the evergreen Foxbat – come along to Hangar 11 and say hello – we are just across the grass to the south of the main club house.

Australian Airshow 2017 – Avalon wrap

Mike Rudd, in his own inimitable style, has produced an excellent short video covering the 2017 Avalon Airshow. Although majoring on the Foxbat Australia display, there are comments from Evektor Aircraft and Sling Aircraft, as well as a selection of interesting people who visited our static display.

As usual, click on the picture or use the following link to see the video: 2017 Avalon Wrap

AeroTV and Aeroprakt A22LS

dennis-at-delandAero-News Network Inc has published a short review of the A22LS (Foxbat) on their YouTube channel AeroTV. Headlined ‘Versatile AND Practical – The All-Seeing Aeroprakt A-22 LSA’  AeroTV’s Tom Patton interviews Dennis Long, Aeroprakt’s USA dealer at the recent Deland Sport Aviation Showcase, held in Florida each year.

The video includes some rather old flying footage of an early Australian A22L, plus some newer video of a glider tug A22LS at Benalla in Victoria.  The report gives Dennis a great opportunity to describe the aircraft and its capabilities – which he does excellently! I must remember some of the phrases he uses to use myself at the upcoming Avalon Airshow. Particularly coming to mind are: “…just the best handling light sport on the field.” And: “…taking off on gravel or sand, it does a very fine job of that because the nose comes up right away and you’re balancing just like a taildragger.”

God job, Dennis!

Foxbat Australia welcomes Ido Segev to the team

welcome-idoHere’s a short video welcoming Ido Segev to the Foxbat Australia team.

Ido is not only a commercial pilot and flying instructor, but also a world champion model aerobatic aircraft pilot. He is also a licensed commercial drone operator and has an RA-Aus Pilot Certificate!

Welcome Ido! I’m really looking forward to working with you at Foxbat into the future.

[Click the link above or on the photo to view the YouTube video]

Ausfly/Ozkosh is coming!

ozkoshThe Ausfly Airshow/Fly-in (now somewhat implausibly renamed ‘Ozkosh’) will soon be with us. The organisers promise an occasion bigger and better than ever, with a flying display on both public days, as well as a myriad of exhibitors from autogyros to biggish single engined GA aircraft and accessories suppliers.

Foxbat Australia will be there, look for us on display site 09 – although, based on the late changes in display sites during the last two Ausflys, you might be better off looking for our distinctive black ‘Foxbat Australia’ teardrop banners!

We are aiming to have a new all-singing, all-dancing A32 Vixxen on display, courtesy of its new owner, who will be pausing at Narromine for a couple of days on his way back to south east Queensland. The aircraft is equipped with a Dynon SkyView System with autopilot and transponder. This will be the 9th A32 Vixxen delivered in Australia.

We are also hoping to have a new Aeroprakt A22LS on display, specified with farmers and land owners in mind. Affectionately dubbed the ‘Kelpie’ (after the famous Australian working dog) this aircraft, produced exclusively for Australian customers, has a number of standard features which will appeal to those using their aircraft to help with stock spotting and managing their property. The main standard Kelpie ‘extra’ is a newly designed metal luggage bin behind the seats, with an external door on the left side (just behind the pilot door) for easy access. The bin can also be accessed from inside the aircraft and will be weight-placarded well above its partner aircraft, the A22LS Foxbat. Other standard Kelpie extras include a UHF radio, operating through both pilot and co-pilot headsets and push-to-talk buttons. This is not a mickey-mouse UHF: unlike many less expensive installations, full intercom functionality is retained even with the UHF in operation, and both pilot & co-pilot can use the UHF as well as the VHF. Adding to the list of standard kit are an Australia Warning Systems 100W siren, ‘tundra’ tyres all round, rubber mud flaps, a sun screen at the top of the windshield and a propeller optimised for take-off and climb.

Best of all, we will be offering a very special price for all Kelpie orders confirmed within 2 weeks after  the Ozkosh event.

The show days are Friday 07 October and Saturday 08 October. Location is Narromine Airport, near Dubbo in New South Wales. Come and say hello – we’d love to see you!

Foxbat flight into bad weather

deteriorating-visHere’s a nice helpful video – experienced Foxbat pilot James Pearce sets out on a trip with his wife to a celebration fly-in in the UK.

Watch how the visibility deteriorates and what James decides to do.

The video is over 12 minutes long but worth sticking with as it shows the visibility gradually reducing in real time. These circumstances are similar to those almost all VFR pilots will experience at some time during their flying. Let James’ experience help you ensure you don’t become a statistic!

As usual, to view, click on the picture or here: Foxbat flies into bad weather