Aero & Tech Nexth
|Role||European FAI microlight class and light-sport aircraft|
|Manufacturer||Aero & Tech|
|First flight||February 2012|
The Aero & Tech Nexth (or sometimes Next-H) is an Italian ultralight aircraft designed by Morelli Luca and produced by Aero & Tech of Fossato di Vico. Introduced at the Aero show held in Friedrichshafen in 2011, the aircraft is intended to be supplied as a complete ready-to-fly aircraft.
Design and development
The design features a cantilever mid-wing, two seats in side-by-side configuration, retractable tricycle landing gear made from titanium and a single 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke engine in tractor configuration. Cockpit access is by two gull wing doors hinged at the top. The aircraft was designed to meet aerobatic category requirements, including +9 and -4.5 g.
The aircraft fuselage is an aluminum sheet covered steel space frame, based on Formula One racing construction techniques. Its 7.90 m (25.9 ft) span wing employs winglets and flaps. Fuel is carried in a single fuselage tank and totals 130 litres (29 imp gal; 34 US gal), giving a range of over 1,700 km (1,056 mi).
Marino Boric, writing in the World Directory of Leisure Aviation notes that the Nexth fuselage is an unusual multi-faceted shape reminiscent of stealth fighter design. The prototype was painted black, which adds to the resemblance.
- Crew: one
- Capacity: one passenger
- Wingspan: 7.90 m (25 ft 11 in)
- Wing area: 9.23 m2 (99.4 sq ft)
- Gross weight: 472.5 kg (1,042 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 130 litres (29 imp gal; 34 US gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke, 75 kW (101 hp)
- Maximum speed: 275 km/h (171 mph; 148 kn)
- Cruise speed: 245 km/h (152 mph; 132 kn)
- Stall speed: 65 km/h (40 mph; 35 kn)
- Range: 1,700 km (1,056 mi; 918 nmi)
- g limits: +9/-4.5
- Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 12. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
- Vola il NEXT-H Biposto di Aero & Tech, Volare magazine n° 10, March 2012, (page needed)
- Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 12. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
- Aero & Tech (2011). "Why Nexth?". Retrieved 28 January 2015.