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Victa Airtourer

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Airtourer T3A


In response to a 1953 Royal Aero, Club competition for a club trainer to replace the biplane Tiger Moth, aeronautical engineer Henry Millicer entered a winning design for a side by side, enclosed cabin, aircraft powered by a 65hp Continental A65 engine.
A wooden prototype was constructed as VH-FMM and first flew on 31 March 1959. Victa Consolidated Industries became interested and an all metal Airtourer VH-MVA was flown in December 1961 and, following type certifica-tion in July 1962 (the first Australian light aircraft design to be so approved), was put into production as the all metal Airtourer 100 and T2. Two versions of this fully aerobatic two-seater were available, powered by 100 hp and 115 hp engines.

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T3A


After producing 167 aircraft Victa closed down and during 1967 all production rights were sold to Aero Engine Services Ltd of Hamilton. They immediately continued pro-duction and built a further 80 examples and developed the 130 hp T3A. New Zealand's very first home-grown Airtourer ZK-COZ became airborne off Hamilton airport in October 1967. Progressively more horse-powered T3, T4, and T5 variants were developed.
Victa 100s were often later converted to V115 standard or, by AESL, to Airtourer T3A (130-hp engine).
In 1968 designed and built the first 150 hp T6/24 Super 150 Airtourer. A total of 80 were built in all. The T6-24 differed in having a larger engine, constant speed prop, electric flaps and trim.

The Glos-Air assembly line of Airtourers included 115s c/ns 525, 528, 529, 530, 531 and 533, 150s c/ns 535, 539, 540-549 and 550 in July 1971 with 535 flying as G-AZBE on July 19 These were imported from New Zealand for completion and assembly at Staverton.
The Airtourer has been out of production since 1973. The line was shut down, the jigs placed into storage until, as with ZK-DAH in 1979, Australian interests purchased the hardware and the rights to build the aircraft back in Australia. The Australian Airtourer Association provides spares for its members and Airtourers still flying worldwide.

 

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AT100
Engine: Continental O-200A, 100 hp
 
AT115
Engine: Lycoming O-235-C2A, 115 hp
Prop: fixed pitch
 
T2
Engine: Lycoming O-235-C1B, 115 hp
Wing span: 7.92 m
Length: 6.33 m
Cruising speed@65% pwr: 115 mph / 185 kmh
Fuel consumption @ 65% power: 32 lb/hr
Endurance @ 65% power: 5.45 hr
Stalling speeds (clean/flaps down): 58-52 mph / 93-83 kph
Useful load: 505 lb / 229 kg
Max. ROC: 900 fpm / 274 m/min
Accommodation: Pilot and one passenger  
 
T3A
Engine: Continental O-240A, 130 hp
Prop: fixed pitch
Wing Span: 25 ft 8 in
Length: 22 ft 3 in
Height: 6 ft 10 in
Load factor: +6 -3 G
Fully aerobatic
 
T4
Engine: Lycoming 0-320-E2A, 150 hp
Prop: fixed pitch
Wingspan: 26 ft 0 in / 7.92 m
Length: 21 ft 5 7/8 in / 6.55 m
Cabin length: 5 ft 8 in / 1.73 m
Cabin width: 3 ft 6 in / 1.07 m
Cabin max height: 4 ft 2 in / 1.27 m
Baggage space: 8 cu.ft / 100 lb / 0.23 cu.m / 45 kg
Empty weight equipped: 1165 lb / 528 kg
MTOW: 1750 lb / 793 kg
Max cruise 4000 ft / 1220 m: 122 kt / 140 mph / 225 kph
Max ROC SL: 980 fpm / 299 m/min
Service ceiling: 15,500 ft / 4725 m
Range max fuel: 542 nm / 625 mi / 1005 km
Seats: 2 side by side
 
T5
Engine: Lycoming 0-320-E1A, 150 hp
Prop: Constant speed
 
T6/12
Engine: Lycoming 0-320-E1A, 150 hp
Prop: Constant speed
 
T6/24 Super 150
Engine: Lycoming 0-320-E1A, 150 hp
Cruising speed@ 65% pwr: 125 mph / 201 kmh
Fuel consumption @ 65% pwr: 44 lb/hr
Endurance @ 65% pwr: 3.9 hr
Stalling speeds (clean/flaps down): 58-52 mph / 93-83 kmh
Useful load: 500 lb / 227 kg
Max. ROC: 980 fpm / 299 m/min
 
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Airtourer T2
 
 
 

 

 


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