The all NEW A32 Vixxen
The A32 is the latest addition to the Aeroprakt range of aircraft.
Before release, the A32 was in development and testing for over 3 years. Much of this development has centred on ‘state-of-the-art’ aerodynamics. The A32 has undergone an extensive flight-test programme to ensure that theoretical improvements actually work in practice. The results speak for themselves:
The aircraft is aerodynamically ‘clean’ and at a glance, it’s easy to see the faired landing gear legs and wheels and the fairings at the top and bottom of the wing lift-struts. The fuselage is smooth with aerodynamic fairings fitted to the wing roots at the leading and trailing edges. What’s not so easy to see at a glance is the work inside the engine bay to reduce significant areas of drag. All these changes result in an aircraft that flies fast, glides well, stalls slow and uses less fuel than many other LSAs.
There are three main reasons for introducing an all-flying tail plane on the A32 with anti-servo tab – the first on an Aeroprakt aircraft. First, control forces and trim drag are reduced. Second, an all-flying tail is simpler to produce; fewer moving parts means greater reliability. Finally, it has some aerodynamic advantages over a fixed stabiliser/elevator combination enabling more precise control of the aircraft – particularly when taking off and landing.
The high-set seats have two significant benefits for pilots and co-pilots alike – a great view over the nose and excellent knee room. These benefits have been achieved without compromising one of Aeroprakt’s great signature benefits – there’s no need to duck your head to see under the wing when you’re flying the aircraft. The seats, which tilt forward for luggage access, have storage pockets behind the back-rests and are adjustable fore and aft using a spring locator at the front of the seat.
Fully sealed doors
The door design incorporates composite frames with convex polycarbonate transparencies, which seal against the airframe to keep noise and aerodynamic drag to a minimum.There is also a special design of door handle mechanism which requires no spring-loading, increasing service life and giving easy access and secure closing.
Light and Airy Cabin
The windscreen curves up level with the top of wing, resulting in excellent headroom and refined aerodynamics. The fuselage ‘monocoque’ needs no diagonal struts inside the windshield, so there is an unimpeded, panoramic view forward. Additionally, there is no horizontal cross-member behind the seats, resulting in easy seat positioning and a low CofG for the luggage compartment in the floor behind the seats.
So what? Simply – control and safety. Getting off and back on to the ground quickly, at a slow speed, means less wear & tear on the landing gear, and less potential damage to the propeller from stones and gravel. And less inertia to bring to a halt if the unthinkable happens on take-off or landing!
Superb Flight Handling
The flight handling is superbly balanced and safe. Stalling is a non-event, even without flap. There is no tendency at all to drop a wing and you can side-slip safely with or without flap. At slow speeds, the controls are light and effective – at higher speeds they firm-up and make cruising a more relaxed affair than in some sensitive ‘performance’ related aircraft.
It’s probably the biggest, airiest cabin in its class. This means that whether you’re learning, or flying with a friend, you’re not jammed shoulder to shoulder, the controls are easier to use, and room to move makes for greater safety all round.
The visibility is, in the words of many owners, ‘almost scary’. The doors are glazed to the floor, the windscreen is massive. If you’re sightseeing, you can see straight down without banking. You can see everything on the ground for miles around. The seats are positioned correctly, so tall people do not get a sore neck having to duck down to see under the wing in flight and yet can easily see over the nose. Finally, you can fly with one or both doors removed.
Last but not least, it’s easy to get into and out of! Fed up of contorting yourself to get over the control sticks? Or jamming your legs to get under the control yokes? Forget it in a Foxbat. The centre stick makes entry and exit as simple as getting into & out of bed! Even the optional control yokes are set high so you can just slide in under them.
It has a Metal Airframe
So? In two words, safety & durability. An all-metal airframe has good impact characteristics. Metal will bend and absorb forces before shattering, helping to protect occupants in the event of an accident. Unlike composite or wooden aircraft, metal is not susceptible to structural changes caused by UV radiation, high temperatures/humidity and other weather effects.
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