PZL-126 Mrówka

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PZL-126 Mrówka
PZL 126 Mrowka.jpg
Role Agricultural aircraft
National origin Poland
Manufacturer WSK-PZL
First flight 20 April 1990

The PZL-126 Mrówka (ant) is a Polish agricultural aircraft first flown in 1990. It is a diminutive low-wing monoplane of conventional if stubby appearance with a T-tail, an enclosed cabin and fixed, tricycle undercarriage. Significant parts of the design were undertaken by students at the training college attached to the PZL plant at Okęcie under the direction of Andrzej Słocinski,[1] with the whole project treated initially as a platform for design innovation.[2] Initial design work was completed in 1982 and detail work the following year.[3] Plans to fly a prototype by 1985 were delayed by revisions to the aircraft's equipment, although a mockup was displayed at an agricultural aviation exhibition at Olsztyn that August.[3] Legislation to outlaw certain agricultural chemicals was under consideration in Poland in the late 1980s, spurring interest in biological agents as an alternative and making a tiny aircraft like the Mrówka feasible as a useful piece of agricultural equipment.[2]

The prototype was eventually flown on 20 April 1990.[4][5] After initial testing, the design was revised and the prototype rebuilt as the PZL-126P, flying in this configuration on 20 October 2000.[5] Flight testing commenced in 2003 and was still underway in 2005.[5]


Specifications (as designed)[edit]

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1987–88[6]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 25 L (6.6 US gal) spray pod on each wingtip, plus retractable dispenser reel for 3 kg (6 lb) of biological agents under fuselage.
  • Length: 4.75 m (15 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 5.00 m (16 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.53 m (8 ft 7 in)
  • Empty weight: 230 kg (507 lb)
  • Gross weight: 375 kg (827 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × PZL-F 2A-120-C1, 45 kW (60 hp)

Performance

  • Cruising speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
  • Endurance: 6 hours
  • Rate of climb: 3.1 m/s (610 ft/min)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1987–88, p. 204.
  2. ^ a b Postlethwaite 1989, p. 14.
  3. ^ a b Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1987–88, p. 205.
  4. ^ Simpson 1995, p. 322.
  5. ^ a b c Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2005
  6. ^ Taylor 1988, p. 205.
Bibliography
  • "Agrolot PZL-126P Mrowka 2001". Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2005 (extract). London: Jane's Information Group.
  • Postlethwaite, Alan. "Poles back mini-ag aircraft". Flight International, 20 May 1989, p. 14.
  • Simpson, R. W. Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1995.
  • Taylor, John W. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1987–88. London: Jane's Publishing, 1988. ISBN 0-7106-0867-5.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions, 1989. ISBN 0-517-69186-8.