A32 #011 being prepared after shipping
Response to the Aeroprakt A32 ‘Vixxen’ has been nothing short of phenomenal, since the first demonstrator arrived in July 2015. No less than 12 have been ordered through Foxbat Australia, including one to an Australian subsidiary company operating in South Africa. The surprising thing is that sales of the A22LS ‘Foxbat’ have remained unaffected.
The most recent A32 arrival – serial number 011 – is in ‘Pumpkin Orange’, a colour which is becoming more popular as an alternative to the more common yellow, white, red and blue. The lucky owner lives out Broken Hill way and after familiarisation training – courtesy of Rob Hatswell at Gawler (north of Adelaide) – he will be flying the A32 largely on farm duties.
The aircraft is due for some sprauncy decals in the next couple of days and will hopefully be signed off sometime next week for test flying. Although weather around Melbourne has been a bit tempestuous lately!
After the very first A32 arrived here in Mazda Spirited Green Metallic (have a look at the pre-delivery flight test video here: A32 check) it seems that A32 owners like their colours – the next two A32 deliveries, due later in May, are yellow and white, with a bright green one (but not metallic) due early in June.
Following on from our recent A32 Vixxen flight check video, here’s another one – this time in a stick-controlled A22LS Foxbat.
As before, Mike Rudd accompanies me through a series of checks to ensure the aircraft performs as it should and is ready for its new owner.
Click the picture to view the video on YouTube. Watch at the highest resolution you can, to see the figures on the dials
Don’t forget! This Sunday, 13 March, is the bi-annual Tyabb Airshow – themed ‘Winged Warriors’.
The airfield looks very smart and ready for all its visitors.
New aeroplanes, old aeroplanes, old cars, new cars, aerobatics, drones, open hangars, food of every description – there’s certain to be something for you on this great family day out.
The airfield is located just a few metres down Stuart Road from the corner of Mornington-Tyabb Road in Tyabb, just north of Hastings in Victoria. Gates open at 0830 and the flying display runs from 1030 – 1630.
For more information on the airshow website, click here.
Foxbat Australia’s Hangar 11 (the first hangar south across the grass from the Clubhouse) will be open, with a couple of A22LS aircraft and our A32 demonstrator on display.
Come along, say hello and and enjoy the day.
Australian Flying Magazine has published a review of the Aeroprakt A32 Vixxen in their November/December 2015 issue.
Editor Steve Hitchen flew the aircraft a few weeks back, on an ‘interesting’ weather day at Tyabb. I won’t spoil his article for you but he definitely seemed to like the aircraft!
Click on the photo to download a copy of the article – file size is about 2.5Mb. If you want a higher resolution copy, you’ll have to buy a copy of the magazine yourself – it’s on the news stands now. Happy reading!
A32 Sport Pilot Review
The September issue of Sport Pilot Magazine (the official publication of Recreational Aviation Australia) has a flight review of the new Aeroprakt A32 Vixxen. You can read the article by clicking the Sport Pilot link above and turning to page 30.
Written by Andrew Murray – an A22LS Foxbat owner – this is a candid, comparative and objective review of the A32 aircraft.
Thanks to Andrew for taking the time to write the article, which, I think you will agree, has a certain style about it which makes it an easy read.
PS – As you’ll read, the new A32 is not just a quick update of the A22LS Foxbat, it’s a whole new aircraft. As a result, the name ‘Vixxen’ is currently being used in Australia to differentiate the two aircraft.