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D-MMMJ Aeroprakt A32 c/n 150 - MLA airfield Dankern near Haren (Ems) in Germany - 5 August 2021 MLA Flugplatz Haren / Dankern

The Aeroprakt A32 is an Ukrainian-designed, metal-structured, side-by-side two-seater ultralight aircraft, with an excellent short take-off and landing (STOL) performance. The A32 is a development of the A22 Foxbat, however, unlike the A22 which can be purchased in kit form or fully assembled, the A32 Vixxen is supplied only as a ready-to-fly factory-built aircraft. The A32 was developed from the smaller Aeroprakt A22 during three years of research and development. The A32 has a new flush wing to body fairing design and all horizontal stabilizers as well as moulded baffling for improved engine airflow and cooling. Other changes include a wing that is 10 cm shorter, shorter lift struts and better wing tank fairing. Employing the same 100 hp Rotax 912ULS engine, the improvements results in a cruise speed that is 37 km/h faster than the A22. The prototype A32 was completed in January 2014 and the first production aircraft was shown in April 2015. History of Aeroprakt Kiev began in 1986 when Yuri Yakovlev, after graduating from Kuybyshev (now Samara) aviation institute, was invited to work at the Antonov Design Bureau in Kiev. Having met the fellows in his hobby Yuri founded together with them an amateur aircraft design club which received the name Aeroprakt nearly similar named as the Aeropract in Kuybyshev the club where Yuri begun his activity as aircraft designer and made his first successful steps in this area. Kiev Aeroprakt began its activity from aerodynamic research of Aeroprakt-8 aeroplane built by Yuri Yakovlev during his work in Kuybyshev Aeropract. The research was carried out in a wind tunnel of the Central Hydro-Aerodynamic Institute in Moscow. In winter of 1987 Kiev Aeroprakt started designing and building the two-seat primary trainer Aeroprakt T-8, and in 1991 the prototype A-20 was built by members of the Aeroprakt Aero Club at Kiev. Among the club members were aeronautical engineers employed by the Antonov company. The airplanes were designed by Yuri Yakolev, Aeroprakt started production of the A-20 "Chervonets" in 1993, initially with Finnish funding. The prototype of the A22 first flew in November 1996 and was designated the A-22 "Sharik". The A22 was a two-seat ultralight airplane combining the advantages of a traditional airplane layout (strut-braced highwing side-by-side two-seater with engine in front and tricycle undercarriage with steerable nose-wheel and traditional all-metal design. The continuity in structure of A-20 and A-22 (wing and tail), wide-scale use of traditional and reliable "metal" technology, high level of pilot comfort, excellent flight performance and "classic" appearance of A-22 are the warrants of its success in the light airplane market. At the present as well as the A22 and A32 are produced in series. When the conditions are met, the Aeroprakt A32 L is approved as glider tug for gliders with a maximum take-off mass of 700 kg.

The 2020-built Aeroprakt-32 s/n 150 was registered D-MMMJ in Germany. On 5 August 2021, Aeroprakt A32 D-MMMJ was seen at its home airfield Dankern.

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