Aero AT-3

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AT-3
Aero AT-3 G-SPAT.jpg
Role Utility aircraft
National origin Poland
Manufacturer Aero Ltd
First flight 1997
Introduction 2002
Status In production
Developed from Pottier P.220S Koala

The Aero AT-3 is a two-seat, low wing, utility aircraft manufactured in Poland in ready-to-fly certificated form and as a kitplane. The aircraft is of conventional configuration and features fixed tricycle undercarriage. The structure is largely of all-metal construction.[1] It first flew in 1997 and deliveries to customers commenced in 2002. It is certified under European Very Light Aircraft regulation. Since July 2, 2010 Aero AT-3 holds FAA type certificate #A61CE in the United States of America.

Design and development[edit]

The AT-3 R-100 is a single-engined low-wing cantilever monoplane of all-metal construction and a fixed tricycle landing gear. It is powered by a nose-mounted Bombardier-Rotax 912 with either a two-bladed wooden or three-bladed composite propeller.[1]

Operational history[edit]

As of 2008, some dozen aircraft are used in Poland, among others by the Polish Aero Club, several are used in the United Kingdom, among others by Brooklands Flying Club at Sywell Aerodrome and Old Sarum Flying School, France and some other countries. Deliveries are in progress. Aeroclub Air France ordered 6 aircraft in 2008.

Aero AT-3 R100 at Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire, England. (2010).

Accident Record[edit]

Although only 14 AT-3's are currently registered and flown in the UK[2] the accident rate is much higher than other aircraft types[citation needed] with 10 separate AT3 accidents recorded by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch resulting in damage to the aircraft.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Variants[edit]

AT-3 SK
Special Kit, homebuilt variant.
AT-3 R100
Factory-built variant to JAR-VLA standards.

Specifications (AT-3)[edit]

Data from Official website

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 6.25 m (20 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.55 m (24 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 2.23 m (7 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 9.3 m² (100.6 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 350 kg (771 lb)
  • Useful load: 232 kg (511 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 582 kg (1,282 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912S, 100 hp (75 kW)

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

External links[edit]