Slepcev Storch

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Slepcev Storch
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Swiss registered Slepcev Storch
Role Type-certified, kit and ultralight STOL aircraft
National origin Australia, Serbia
Manufacturer Slepcev Aircraft Industry
Storch Aviation Australia
Storch Aircraft Serbia
Designer Nestor Slepcev
First flight 1994
Status In production (2015)
Developed from Fieseler Fi 156

The Slepcev Storch (English: Stork) is a Serbian type-certified, kit and ultralight STOL aircraft, designed by Yugoslavian-Australian Nestor Slepcev and currently produced by Storch Aircraft Serbia in several different versions. The ultralight version is a 3/4 scale replica of the Second World War Fieseler Fi 156 and is supplied as a kit for amateur construction or as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1][2][3][4]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was first flown in 1994. It was originally manufactured by Slepcev's company, Slepcev Aircraft Industry of Beechwood, New South Wales, Australia. The company was later renamed Storch Aviation Australia. The aircraft was type-certified in 1999 to the Joint Airworthiness Requirements - Very Light Aircraft (JAR-VLA) standard,[5] with contributions from aeronautical engineer C. W. "Bill" Whitney.[6] Production then moved to Serbia where a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category model was developed.[1][3][7]

Like the original Fi 156, the Slepcev Storch features a strut-braced high-wing, a two-seats-in-tandem enclosed cockpit, with extensive glazing, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration. It is made from welded steel tubing with its flying surfaces fashioned from sheet aluminium and covered in doped aircraft fabric. The ultralight version has a 10 m (32.8 ft) span wing with an area of 15 m2 (160 sq ft), large flaps and leading edge slots. The wings are supported by V-struts and jury struts. Engines fitted vary by model.[1][3]

Operational history[edit]

Slepcev Storch

The designer has a keen interest in Second World War history and wanted to use an example of his Storch design to re-enact the 12 September 1943 rescue of Benito Mussolini by Otto Skorzeny and his SS commandos from his imprisonment by Italian partisans on the Gran Sasso mountain. It took Slepcev a year to gain Italian approvals for the flight and on 24 August 1996, he landed a Storch Mk 4 at the site, 53 years after the original dramatic rescue had taken place.[4]


Storch/Storch Mk 4
Homebuilt kit version, powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS or 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914, with a gross weight of 550 kg (1,213 lb). Certification includes Australian and Spanish JAR-VLA. Available as a kit or as ready-to-fly.[1][3][2][7][8]
Storch Microlight
FAI compliant microlight 3/4 sized version, powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS, with a gross weight of 450 kg (992 lb). Available as a kit or as ready-to-fly.[1][3][9][3]
Super Storch
Full scale homebuilt kit version, powered by a 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360, with a gross weight of 862 kg (1,900 lb). Available as a kit only.[1][3][10]
Storch Moose
Full scale homebuilt kit version, powered by a 360 hp (268 kW) Vedeneyev M14P, with a gross weight of 1,500 kg (3,307 lb). Available as a kit only.[1][3][11]

Specifications (Microlight)[edit]

Data from Bayerl and Tacke[1][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 15 m2 (160 sq ft)
  • Gross weight: 450 kg (992 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 40 litres (8.8 imp gal; 11 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 75 kW (101 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 150 km/h (93 mph; 81 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 133 km/h (83 mph; 72 kn)
  • Stall speed: 40 km/h (25 mph; 22 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 6 m/s (1,200 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, pages 77 and 121. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 162. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster UK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 128. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "WDLA15" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ a b "Storch Aviation Serbia - About Storch Aviation". 1996-08-24. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  5. ^ Australian Type Certificate for the Slepcev Storch (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) Retrieved 2012-09-07
  6. ^ Macel, Arthur (September 2013). "Bill Whitney, Spirt of St Louis" (PDF). Sport Pilot. 27(9): 20–21. 
  7. ^ a b Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 68. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  8. ^ "Storch Aircraft Serbia - Slepcev Storch MK4". Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  9. ^ "Storch Aircraft Serbia - Slepcev Storch Microlight". Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  10. ^ "Storch Aircraft Serbia - Slepcev Super Storch". Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  11. ^ "Storch Aircraft Serbia - Slepcev Storch Moose". Retrieved 2012-09-06. 

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