Business News, 15/03/2018

Ultralight Aircraft Manufacturing Relaunched in Kharkiv

The Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company resumes the ultralight aircraft KhAZ-30 production after a four-year break.

A two-seat, ultralight high-wing monoplane KhAZ-30, produced by the Aircraft Manufacturing Company, first appeared in public on May 22, 2012, and won wide approval from professional pilots after favorable testing assessment. Two planes were ordered at once by the Grizodubova Kharkiv Flying Club. In 2013, four aircraft were delivered to the Kozhedub Kharkiv University of Air Force for training pilots.

In total 10 planes were built until August 2013. The break in production was caused by the Russian invasion in 2014 and the difficult economic situation in Ukraine as a result. Renewing the plane manufacturing has become the sign of economic revival and people’s efforts to give the second life to a successful design.

“These airplanes are reliable, safe and easy to operate. Even emergency landing with a stopped engine is not difficult; it does not differ significantly from the regular mode,” says the director of the сompany’s international operations department Ruslan Boyko. “Therefore they perfectly suit those cadets who start learning to fly a plane.”

Although the main aircraft purpose is initial training, it has several modifications. The installation of additional special equipment facilitates its diverse usage for various air operations like patrolling or farming tasks. The plane can also be used for tourism and excursions being two-seat. Its reasonable price of about $60,000 may attract overseas buyers.

The international operations department informs that the manufacture of An-74 aircraft is included in the company’s production plans.

Currently, the major task of replacing the Russian parts for the aircraft is being solved successfully.

Reference: KhAZ-30 is a production version of the ViS-3 design, which fully complies with the requirements of the ultralight aircraft regulations. Its weight is about 650 kg and maximum speed is 200 km/h.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

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