|Role||Tandem seat ultralight aircraft|
|Designer||Jaroslav Dostál, Vlado Pekár|
|First flight||19 August 2009|
The Shark.Aero Shark is a conventionally laid out, single engine, low wing light aircraft which seats two in tandem. It was first flown on 19 August 2009 and is built in Slovakia by Shark.Aero s.r.o.. It has optionally fixed or retractable landing gear.
Design and development
The Shark, which was formally announced at AERO Friedrichshafen in April 2007, was designed to fit into both European UL and US LSA categories. Structurally it is a mixture of glass- and carbon-fibre composites (whilst fibreglass is utilised to a very limited extent), with PVC foam filled aramid honeycomb structures sandwiched between panels. The wing main spar is a dismountable two piece carbon fibre beam which joins under the front seat; an auxiliary spar carries the aileron and flap mountings. In plan the leading edge is elliptical and there is slight taper on the outer trailing edge where the ailerons are mounted. Single slotted, electrically operated flaps occupy the rest of the trailing edge. Like the wings, the slightly swept tailplanes are easily detached for storage of transport. There is an electrically operated trim tab in the elevator.
The fuselage of the Shark is formed with integral fin, seat backs, floors and instrument panel. The fin, set forward so the rudder trailing edge is above the elevator hinge line, is shaped like a shark's back fin, strongly swept and with a curved leading edge. There is also a small ventral fin. From the fin forward the upper fuselage line rises rapidly to merge into that of the side hinged, single piece canopy. There is a big baggage space behind the cockpit. Both of the adjustable tandem seats have flight controls; the Shark is flown by a sidestick. It is powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS or 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914 turbocharged powerplant, driving a three-blade or a two-blade propeller. The Shark UL has retractable gear and a variable-pitch propeller.
The design entered production in mid-2011.
The third Shark was registered in France as 83AJR with callsign F-JSOR in early 2011 but was destroyed whilst competing in the Paris-Madrid air race on 21 June 2011. It appears however that this aircraft was later rebuilt as the callsign was noted using hex-code 381BBD from May 2015. The fourth appears on the Czech register, flying as a demonstrator in Germany.
- Shark LS
- European UL, fixed undercarriage, fixed-pitch propeller.
- Shark UL
- European UL, retractable undercarriage, variable-pitch propeller.
- Planned US light-sport aircraft (LSA), longer span and heavier, with fixed undercarriage.
Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2011/12
- Crew: one
- Capacity: one passenger
- Length: 22 ft 0.4 in (6.715 m)
- Wingspan: 25 ft 11 in (7.90 m)
- Height: 8 ft 3 in (2.51 m)
- Wing area: 102.3 sq ft (9.50 m2)
- Empty weight: 606 lb (275 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,042 lb (472.5 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 100 L (26.4 US gal, 22.0 Imp gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS flat-four, air and liquid cooled., 98.6 hp (73.5 kW)
- Propellers: 3-bladed Duc Hélices variable pitch composite
- Maximum speed: 180 mph; 157 kn (290 km/h) (estimated)
- Cruise speed: 155 mph; 135 kn (250 km/h) economical
- Stall speed: 40 mph; 35 kn (64 km/h) flaps down
- Never exceed speed: 207 mph; 180 kn (333 km/h)
- g limits: +4/-2
- Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s) max, at sea level
- Jackson, Paul (2011). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2011-12. Coulsdon, Surrey: IHS Jane's. p. 533. ISBN 978-0-7106-2955-5.
- Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 79. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
- "Overseas Registrations". Air Britain News: 1036. July 2011.
- "Overseas Registrations". Air Britain News: 1727. November 2011.
- "Overseas Registrations". Air Britain News: 1575. October 2011.
- "Flugsportzentrum Shark". Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 75. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
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