Aeroprakt A32 Vixen

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Aeroprakt A32

Aeroprakt A32 Vixen Overview

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.' At a quick glance it's easy to see the finishings; 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 have resulted in an aircraft that flies fast, glides well, stalls slow and uses less fuel than many other LSAs.

The cabin is very light and airy. The windscreen curves up level with the top of wing, resulting in excellent headroom and refined aerodynamics. The fuselage 'monocoque' design 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 on the floor behind the seats.

The doors are fully sealed. 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.

The seats are set high. 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 any 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 and want to look downward. 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.

There is an all-flying tailplane ('stabilator') with an anti-servo tab.
There are three main reasons for introducing an all-flying tail plane on the A32 - 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.

Technical Data

(at 600 kgs MTOW, ISA standard conditions)

Take-off roll      under 100 m
Take-off to 50’  230 m
Crosswind limit (novice) 14 kts
Typical cruise TAS 40-115 kts
Best climb rate 65 kts
Best climb angle 54 kts
Vne (never exceed) 125 kts
Stall TAS (landing configuration)   27 kts
Flap limit speed 81 kts
Vno (manouvering speed) 81 kts
Best glide speed (no flap) 59 kts
Approach speed, full flap 49 kts
Landing roll   under 100 m
Landing from 50’  245 m
MTOW (land plane)  600 kgs
Typical empty weight  315-320 kgs
Fuel capacity 95 lts usable
Payload including fuel  280-285 kgs
Usable load after full fuel  215-220 kgs
Cruise endurance (912ULS)  4.5 hrs+res
Wing span 9.45 m
Length 6.27 m
Height 2.22 m
Main gear track 1.75 m
Cabin width at elbows 1.29 m
Operational load limits +4 -2 G
Tested at 650 kgs to +6 -3 G

Aeroprakt Safety Bulletins

Aeroprakt information bulletins and safety bulletins are issued from time to time. Usually when the manufacturer, CAA or part manufacturer, believes there is sufficient evidence to inspect, replace, modify or upgrade or take corrective action on a design or manufacturing deficiency in/on the aircraft or its components. Often a deficiency may appear on some aircraft after many hours of service and as a safety precaution. Often, ONLY certain serial numbers may be recalled for inspection or modification.

Unlike many manufacturers, Aeroprakt can pride themselves in keeping ahead of potential problems and solving them efficiently.

After a safety bulletin has been issued, all effected aircraft are grounded until they have complied and been signed out by an approved person. All subsequent aircraft produced from the factory will be upgraded automatically.

Bulletins are categorized into three groups:

  • Mandatory: The modification must be incorporated immediately or before the next flight but no later than the following service.
  • Advisory: The manufacturer recommends the change but does not mandate it.
  • Optional: This is the owners choice, usually an item that improves performance.

 

Rotax engine safety bulletins - http://www.rotax-owner.com/en/support-topmenu/service-bulletins

Service and Maintenance

Your new Aeroprakt aircraft will be delivered to you with a comprehensive Maintenance manual which details all service intervals and describes service requirements. The Rotax engine has its own detailed manual, including log Books, a CD-ROM maintenance manual as well as a separate propeller manual

Pre-flight inspections are the benchmark of any good aviators preparation. Correct maintenance starts with effective pre-flight checks, backed by regular and scheduled maintenance. Your Foxbat is powered by a liquid Cooled Rotax 912 series engine. It is always wise to ensure all hoses and Connections are secure before flight with no leaks.

As with a pre-flight, a post flight inspection should become habit. At the end of your flying day it is a good time to inspect the engine while it is still hot for any signs of impending problems.

SERVICE INSPETION INTERVALS

Your new Aeroprakt aircraft and Rotax engine must have a mandatory service at 25 hours, this includes oil and oil filter change. The next service will be due at 50 hours and 100 hours.
Rotax engine spares and parts are best secured directly through Rotax South Africa. Although we at Foxbat SA keep a small stock of the more common wear items, the turn around time on most orders for specific parts is ten days.

General maintenance

The Rotax 912 series engine has an enviable reputation for safety and reliability. Although hundreds of thousands of hours are safely flown globally there is no compromise when it comes to maintenance and reliability must never be taken for granted in aviation. By registering your Rotax engine serial number with the Rotax owner website http://rotax-owner.com/en/component/……??? you will automatically
receive any service bulletins that effect your engine via email.

Apart from the mandatory pre and post flight checks and regular maintenance there are a few other steps that you should incorporate into your routine, which all help to keep your engine operating as reliably as possible:

  • Follow and stick to the engine operating manual
  • Always warm the oil to 30c prior to taxi
  • Warm the oil to 50c before any engine run up
  • During long descents at continued idle, warm the engine every 1000 ft

Or every minute with at least 30 seconds of power.

  • In any conditions, if the oil temp will can not remain in the yellow arc

Consider fitting an oil thermostat.

  • If the variation in coolant temperature is erratic, consider using a

Waterless coolant. (NOT for use in newer 912/912IS)

  • Clean and change the spark plugs regularly as per the Rotax manual
  • Keep the carburetors dynamically balanced, check every 200 hours
  • Try to maintain 4800 to 5000 Rpm in the cruise since Rotax engines

Operate best in this range.

Aeroprakt aircraft are produced with three different types of propellers:

  • KievProp: composite with brass leading edge inserts
  • WarpDrive: carbon fiber with nickel leading edge additions (Taper

Or broad blade edition)

  • Bolly: carbon fiber with Kevlar leading edge inserts.

Looking after your propeller, a few tips.

  • Ensure all three blades are pitched exactly the same. The slightest

Variation will cause vibration which will eventually damage the Exhaust Systems and gearbox.

  • Smooth over and repair any stone induced damage to the blades

Or replace a blade if the damage is on limits

  • On loose gravel and dirt strips apply power slowly while lifting the

Nose as soon as possible. This will minimize stone damage.

  • Frequently flying in rain will erode the blades inner edges and backs

Rapidly.

  • Keep your propeller clean.

Standard Specification

Airframe, А-32  € 36,000.00
Standard aluminium seats  
Standard doors  
Wing without strut fairings  
Fuselage, standard glazing  
Standard dashboard  
Yoke control system  
Aileron drooping mechanism  
Trim tab, mechanical   
Engine electric system installation   
Stickers on fuselage "Aeroprakt-32"  
Painting: standard monochrome  
Options  
Wing fuel tanks 2х45=90 l. with electric fuel gauges and fuel system € 980.00
Aircraft wheels  6х6,00 with hydraulic system: main wheels  Air Trac 15x6.00-6 o.d. 371 мм, nose wheel Cheng Shin 15x6.00-6 o.d. 349 mm € 1,400.00
Wheels fairings, a set € 390.00
Parking brake, hydraulic € 105.00
Wing strut fairings € 320.00
Cockpit heating € 340.00
Luggage container € 70.00
Cables and bracket for safety system installation € 280.00
Landing light € 95.00
Cigarette lighter € 40.00
Battery main switch € 60.00
Cockpit cloth covering € 220.00
Cradles for transportation € 220.00
Engines  
Rotax-912 ULS 100 hp € 15,200.00
Engine installation € 640.00
Carburator heating box € 480.00
3-blades composite propeller with a spinner € 810.00
Options  
Strobes lights € 490.00
   
  € 58,140.00

Optional Enhancements:

Airframe  
Painting: 2 colours (surcharge) € 1,000.00
Painting: metallic grey (surcharge) € 1,400.00
Painting: metallic blue (surcharge) € 1,700.00
Wing fuel tanks 2х57=114 l. with electric fuel gauges and fuel system € 1,180.00
Aircraft wheels  5х6,00 with hydraulic system € 1,160.00
Aircraft wheels  6х6,00 with hydraulic system € 1,160.00
Mud guards € 140.00
Titan skis € 2,900.00
Plastic ceiling panel € 380.00
Non standard dashboard € 180.00
Magnum safety system 601 S-LSA + its installation  € 3,500.00
Key locks on doors € 90.00
Engines  
Exhaust system  € 820.00
Welding the exhaust temp probe nuts to the exhaust pipes € 70.00
Options  
 FLYdat + sensors installation € 1,060.00
Dynon 180D with compass and gauges + installation (equipment by agreement) € 4,200.00
Taсhometer Road XIF 4.0008.03 (http://www.road-online.de/katalog/roadkatalog/kataloglinieneng.php?var1=Anzeigeinstrumente%20/%20Gauges%20FLIGHT%20LINE) € 150.00
Cooling liquid tempr. analog indicator € 140.00
Oil temperature analog indicator € 140.00
Oil press analog indicator € 140.00
ASI BK-240 (240 km) € 175.00
ASI BK-3 (160 mph 140 knots)  € 175.00
VSI BC-10-1B (10 m/c)  € 190.00
VSI BC-2A (2000 ft/min)  € 190.00
Altimeter BG-6-2 (6,000m Mbar) € 360.00
Altimeter BG-3E (20,000ft Mbar) € 360.00
Compass CM-13 € 80.00
Dynon EFIS-D6 € 1,800.00
Slip indicator € 50.00
Radio € 1,400.00
Cables for radio installation, antenna wiring € 240.00