Our Fleet

Our Fleet

RSW Aviation operates a fleet of EX – RAF Shorts Tucanos and Aero Vodochody L-39s. Our fleet has been upgraded with state of the art Garmin Avionics. We are pleased to have signed a Strategic Cooperation with Aero Vodochody to upgrade our existing L-39s and to purchase the new L-39NG.

L39 Specs

Aero Vodochody L-39

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 12.13 m (39 ft 9½ in)
  • Wingspan: 9.46 m (31 ft 0½ in)
  • Height: 4.77 m (15 ft 7¾ in)
  • Wing area: 18.8 m² (202 ft²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 64A012 mod
  • Empty Weight: 3,455 kg (7,617 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 4,700 kg (10,362 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ivchenko AI-25TL turbofan, 16.87 kN (3,792 lbf)

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 0.80 (609 mph, 980 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: 750 km/h (405 knots, 466 mph) at 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
  • Range: 1,100 km (593 nmi, 683 mi) (internal fuel)
  • 1,750 km, (944 nmi, 1,087 mi) (internal and external fuel)
  • Endurance: 2 hr 30 min (internal fuel), 3 hr 50 min (internal and external fuel)
  • Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,100 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 21 m/s (4,130 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 250.0 kg/m² (51.3 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.37
  • Climb to 5,000 m (16,400 ft): 5 min
  • Take-off roll: 530 m (1,740 ft)
  • Landing roll: 650 m (2,140 ft)

Armament

  • Up to 284 kg (626 lb) of stores on two external hardpoints

Shorts Tucano Specs

Shorts Tucano Training Plane

General characteristics

  • Internal Fuel: Four integral wing tanks (two each wing) with 184 US gallon total capacity; 3 gallons unusable.
  • Range: Internal fuel max range, 940 nautical miles; with external fuel 1300NM; Fuel Burn: 40 to 60 GPH
  • External Fuel: Provisions for two (one on each wing) under wing ferry tanks at 87 US gallons each, 174 US gallons total.
  • 3900 FPM initial climb, 5 minutes to 15K
  • 1720 feet T/O over 50’ obstacle 1720 ft
  • 1010 feet landing from 50 ft
  • 10 to 1 glide ratio @ 115 KTS, full feather prop;
  • 7G max positive & 3.6G max negative
  • Fully aerobatic
  • Spins: 6 upright, 4 inverted
  • 30 second inverted flight
  • 25,000 ft operating ceiling

Performance

  • 330 KTS max design speed (Vd)
  • 300 KTS max: MoD published limitation (Vmax = the service limiting speed – must be below Vd by an amount that will ensure Vd will not be reached. For a training aircraft MoD define this as 0.9Vd)
  • 300 KTS max airbrake operation
  • 280 KTS Normal operation speed (Vno)
  • 280 KTS rolling maneuvers (full aileron deflection)
  • 270 KTS max SL (max speed achieved by MoD at SL)
  • 230 KTS severe turbulence
  • 220 KTS economy cruising speed @FL20K
  • 200 KTS canopy bird-strike cleared speed
  • 65 KTS stall speed (landing configuration)
  • 145 KTS gear extension
  • 145/175 KTS flap extension – half/full respectfully
  • 230 KTS severe turbulence
  • 110 KTS max tire speed
  • 95 KTS max flicker maneuvers
  • 30 KTS cross wind component
  • 330 KTS flutter speed (cleared by flight test)
  • 380 KTS flutter Margin (cleared by analysis @ 15% beyond flight test clearance speed)

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