Not often you see a “tail-dragger” at Essendon YMEN but tucked in the corner on the evening of October 21, 2014 was an Aviat A1-B, VH-ZHY.
According to web sources, this aircraft was first registered in the United States in 2006, having had 3 owners, prior to being sold privately to a South Australian owner in 2011. It is not hard to see that this beasts original callsign was N363HY, as the cockpit cover used on this aircraft when seen had that very registration number on it.
The Aviat A1-B is a fixed wing, single engine 2 seater designed to operate in harsh conditions and often used in the outback of Alaska.
Over 650 have been built and operate around the world as an observation aircraft for private and government organisations.
Salient statistics for a typical Aviat A1-B are:
- Length: 6.88m (22 ft 7 in) (6.88 m)
- Wingspan: 10.82m (35 ft 6 in)
- Wing area: 17.0 m2(183 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 578kg (1,275 lb) on wheels
- Gross weight: 998kg (2,200 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 190 litres (50 US gallons )
- Powerplant: Single Lycoming 0-360-A1P 4 cylinder piston engine 180 hp (130 kW)
- Maximum speed: 233 km/h; 126 kn (145mph)
- Cruise speed: 122 kn; 225 km/h(140mph)
- Stall speed: 46 kn; 85 km/h (53mph) flaps down, power off
- Range: 695 nmi; 1,287 km (800 miles) at 55% power
- Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,096 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s)
Look forward to seeing VH-ZHY again and perhaps have the opportunity to watch this aircraft take off or land.
Photographs taken using a Fuji S200EXR and are copyright vkthreepi.
Photographs have been compressed for web presentation.