Alpha 2000

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Alpha 2000
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R2160 Alpha Sport
Role Multipurpose civil aircraft
Manufacturer Alpha Aviation
First flight 15 January 1976

The Alpha Aviation Alpha 2000 is a two-seat, all-metal training and general aviation aircraft built in Hamilton, New Zealand. It is a development of French Apex Aircraft's Robin R2000 series acquired upon Apex's purchase of the Avions Robin company.

History 1971–1994[edit]

Robin HR200/100 G-BVMM
Robin HR200/120B

The original Avions Robin HR200 was designed by Christophe Heintz,[1] to supplement the earlier Avions Robin designs of Jean Délémontez who also designed the popular post war wooden Jodel. The HR 200 prototype first flew on 19 July 1971, and entered production in 1973. The R2000 Alpha name was applied to a new aircraft which shared the fuselage of the HR 200, but had all new wing and tail surfaces. The prototype R2000 Alpha flew on 15 January 1976 and production followed in 1977 to 1983.

Licensed production was also undertaken in Canada.[2]

History 1994–2004[edit]

The R2160 model was returned to production with minor modifications in 1994 by Apex Aircraft.[3] It was stressed to +6 -3g and has a MTOW of 900 kg. There was also a fuel injected model (R160Ai) and a non-aerobatic 120 hp trainer

New Zealand Production 2004 – 2008[edit]

In 2004 Alpha Aviation of New Zealand bought engineering jigs and equipment and world wide production rights[4] to both the Robin HR200 and Robin R2000 series. Alpha Aviation has recommenced production of the Robin R2120 as the Alpha 2000 120T and of the Robin R2160 as the Alpha 2000 160A and 160Ai. Apex continues to market the aircraft in Europe.[citation needed]

Production of the New Zealand development began in 2006 against orders for nine aircraft and eighteen options (including orders from the UK, South Africa and Australia), with capacity to build four aircraft a month. An Alpha 160A, ZK-FXY, was first off the production line, being test flown on 12 April 2006. It was subsequently used as a company demonstrator. It made its first public appearance at the 2006 Warbirds over Wanaka airshow. In January 2008 production was halted due to the liquidation of Alpha Aviation by parent company Inventis.[citation needed]

Variants[edit]

Robin/Apex[edit]

R 2100A
Powered by 81 kW (108 hp) Lycoming O-235 engine.[5] 34 built[6]
R 2112 Alpha
Replacement for R 2100 with 83.5 kW (112 hp) Lycoming O-235 engine.[6]
R 2160 Alpha Sport
119 kW (160 hp) Lycoming O-320 engine.[6] Originally named Acrobin.,[5] R 2160 D: technically identical version with slightly reduced max. allowed RPM to meet German noise limitations.[citation needed]

Alpha Aviation[edit]

As of 2006 three variants are offered. The approximate horsepower of each is indicated by the type number.

Alpha 120T
the smallest and cheapest, envisaged as a trainer.
Alpha 160A
a more powerful fully aerobatic trainer.
Alpha 160Ai
a fuel injected engine and equipped for cross country touring as well as aerobatics.

Specifications (R2160 Alpha Sport)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1982–83[7]

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

External links[edit]