Zlin Trener & Akrobat
Country of Origin
One and two seat aerobatic and training light aircraft
The renowned Zlin series of two seat Trener trainers and single seat Akrobat aerobatic aircraft was a great success, winning numerous world aerobatic championship titles during the 1960s. The original Z 26 Trener was designed in response to a Czechoslovak government requirement for a two seat basic trainer for flying school and military use. The Z 26 was powered by a 78kW (105hp) Walter Minor 4III inline four cylinder engine, featured wooden construction and a fixed taildragger undercarriage. The prototype flew for the first time in 1947 and 16 production Z 26s were built before it was replaced from 1953 by the metal construction Z 126. Development over a three decade production run resulted in numerous further improved variants. In 1952 Zlin introduced the Z 226 Trener6 which featured a more powerful 120kW (160hp) six cylinder Walter Minor 6III engine. The Z 226 was also built in single seat Z 226A Akrobat, glider tug Z 226B and Z 226T trainer forms. The similar Z 326 TrenerMaster and single seat Z 326A Akrobat introduced retractable undercarriage, a feature that became standard on all subsequent models. Deliveries began in 1959. The Z 526 differed in that the pilot flew the aircraft from the rear, rather than the front seat, with optional tip tanks and a constant speed prop. The Z 526F introduced in 1968 had a 135kW (180hp) Avia M 137A engine, the otherwise similar Z 526L differed in being powered by a 150kW (200hp) Lycoming AIO360 flat four and was intended for export. Single seat Z 526s were the Z 526A, Z 526AS, and Z 526AFS. The Z 526 AFM was built between 1981 and 1984 and was powered by a 155kW (210hp) Avia M337 engine, had tip tanks and the Z 526AFS's lengthened fuselage. Final development was the Z 726 series, the Z 726 Universal had reduced span wing, the Z 726K a 155kW (210hp) Avia M 337 engine.
Z 226 - One 120kW (160hp) Walter Minor 6III inverted inline six cylinder piston engine driving a two blade fixed pitch propeller. Z 526F - One 135kW (180hp) Avia M 137 A inverted inline six driving a two blade constant speed propeller.
Z 226 - Max speed 220km/h (120kt), normal cruising speed 195km/h (105kt). Initial rate of climb 950ft/min. Service ceiling 17,390ft. Range 485km (260nm). Z 526F - Max speed 244km/h (132kt), normal cruising speed 210km/h (113kt). Initial rate of climb 1180ft/min. Service ceiling 17,060ft. Range with standard fuel 475km (256nm), range with wingtip tanks 837km (452nm).
Z 226 - Empty 570kg (1257lb), max takeoff 820kg (1808lb). Z 526F - Empty 665kg (1465lb), max takeoff 975kg (2150lb).
Z 226 - Wing span 10.29m (33ft 9in), length 7.80m (25ft 7in), height 2.06m (6ft 9in). Wing area 14.9m2 (160.4sq ft). Z 526F - Wing span 10.60m (34ft 9in), length 8.00m (26ft 3in), height 2.06m (6ft 9in). Wing area 15.5m2 (166.3sq ft).
Seating for two in Z 26, Z 126, Z 226, Z 326, Z 526 and Z 726. Pilot only in Z 226A, 326A, 526A, Z 526AF and Z 526AFS.
More than 1400 of all variants built, many against military and government flying school orders.
Zlin Trener & Akrobat
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