Aeropract A-23 Trainer / A-23 Coach / A-23M Baby Dragon
The Coach / Baby Dragon is a light light multi-purpose aircraft. It can be flown from land (wheels), snow (skis) or water (floats). The prototype A-23 first flew in 1992 with two RMZ-640 engines (replaced later by single 64hp Rotax-582) had a narrow angular fuselage. It served for four years in the pilot's club.
For series production, a more powerful Rotax-912 engine was chosen (while the original engine was still available in the economy package). Cockpit width was increased to 760mm providing sufficient comfort for pilot. Both composite fuselage and wing are now made in matrixes. The slab-type fiberglass tailplane unit was revised - raised to the top of the tailfin.
A-23M wings carry single "flaperon" each - there is no separation between aileron and landing flap.
The first flight of the A-23M took place on August 5, 1999. The A-23M prototype flew approximately 120 hours during Fall 1999. The only problem was insufficient compensation of the large flaperons.
The A-23M may be built (converted?) as a crop duster. Wheels, skis and floats are included in standard package.
Production was launched in the winter of 2000. First batch - 3 machines with different engines. Available as a kit.
On June 24, 2000 director of Aeroprakt-Samara I.A.Vakhrushev and co-pilot were killed in crash of the series A-23M. This happened on landing approach at Smyshliaevka airfield near Samara. Probable cause - tailplane flatter.
A-23M Baby Dragon