Morava Zlin Aero Savage
Designed in Italy by Pasquale Russo with some help from Bonaldo, Franchini and Vizzini in 1997, and manufactured in the Czech Republic by the Morava Zlin Aero, at their Otrokovice factory, is a J3 Cub lookalike. The Savage is a single-engine, high-wing, two-seater tandem microlight aircraft.
With a Rotax 912S 100 hp performance is lively. There is ample baggage space behind the front seat, the one-piece door hinges up and fastens on and the aircraft can be flown with the door open. There are features such as sight glasses in the wing root to view the tank contents, an effective flap to 35 degrees, disk brakes and electric start. With a comfortable 95 kts cruise, the large balloon tyre undercarriage and fully castoring tailwheel allows for some off runway outlandings.
Available as a basic kitset through to a fully assembled option, the type is powered by the 100-hp Rotax 912S and turns a 183 cm propeller. An interesting feature of the Zlin tube framed aircraft is the option to pressurise the frame with an inert gas. Should the frame crack and the gas leak out, a drop in pressure will be detected through a gauge on the instrument panel. The two spar (fold-able) wing, with flaps, is fabric covered and contains two 34-litre fuel tanks.
Zlin Savage Bobber
The Zlin Savage Cub fleet includes the iCub (with docked Apple iPad) and its Bobber open-frame, totally customizable variant.
Engine: Rotax 912S 100 hp
Stall: 31 kt / 36 mph / 58 kmh
Cruise: 92 kt / 106 mph / 170 kmh
VNE: 111 kt / 127 mph / 205 kmh
Empty Weight: 288 kg / 635 lbs
MTOW Weight: 560 kg / 1235 lbs
Climb Ratio: 800 ft/min / 4,8 m/s
Take-off distance (50ft obstacle): 660 ft / 200 m
Landing distance (50ft obstacle): 520 ft / 160 m