MAK Aviation aircraft

 

MAK Aviation operates an expanding fleet of tried and tested aircraft types.These aeroplanes are renowned for their safety and reliability, and with their excellent handling characteristics are ideal flying machines for the student pilot learning to fly from a standing start, as well as the experienced licence holder

 

Piper PA-28 Cherokee Archer III ▼

Piper Cherokee Archer The many variants of the Piper PA-28 family are all-metal, single piston engine aeroplanes with low-mounted wings and tricycle landing gear. First introduced in 1974, the Piper Cherokee Archer differes from the Warrior not just in the horsepower department, but also in size, featuring a five-inch fuselage stretch, a bigger door, cabin, and stabilator area, not to mention a new version of the popular O-360 engine, a 50 pound gross weight increase and an instrument panel redesign. The Archer remains a much sought-after training and touring aeroplane - many of the type's admirers report  finding the Archer dependable and forgiving in its handling and a relatively easy aeroplane to land...also that it copes with crosswinds with ease, making it perhaps quite a 'flattering' aircraft from the pilot's point of view. This aircraft can carry up to four persons, cruising at about 125 knots (144 mph).

 

Piper PA-28 Cherokee Warrior II ▼

 

Piper Cherokee WarriorAnother highly successful member of the Piper Cherokee range, engineered to deliver an inexpensive aeroplane offering benign (safe) flight characteristics and respectable performance, the Piper Warrior II first rolled off the production line in 1977. The Warrior is primarily distinguished from the Cherokee predecessors by its double-tapered wing planform and two-foot-wider wingspan. Earlier Cherokee wings have the blocky, squarish, constant-chord wing planforms that came to be known as "Hershey Bar" wings. The innovative shape of the Warrior's wing means the aircraft is even more controllable in an aerodynamic stall than earlier models. Thanks to a more powerful engine delivering 10% more horsepower and those improved aerodynamics compared to earlier iterations of the Warrior, this aircraft is capable of cruising at up to 118 knots (137 mph) with a crew of four.

 

 Cessna C152 ▼

Cessna C152 First delivered in 1977, the high-wing tricycle gear C152 was concieved as a modernisation of the hugely successful Cessna 150. The 152's airframe is an all-metal construction -  primarily aluminium 2024-T3 alloy - although some components such as wing tips and fairings are made from glass-reinforced plastic. Key design advantages over the 150 are increased engine power and useful load, decreased internal and external noise levels and better compatibility with lower lead content 100LL Avgas fuel - as still used in most piston aero engines today. As with the 150, the great majority of 152s were manufactured at the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kansas but a number of aircraft were also built by Reims Aviation of France. Together, the C150 and 152 are the most popular two-seat light aircraft ever built. A classic training and utility aircraft, the C152 accomodates a crew of two at a maximum cruising speed of about 107 knots (123 mph).

 

 Cessna C172 ▼

Cessna C172 The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat single-engine high-wing aircraft and arguably the most recognisable design amongst that category of aeroplanes . An immediate hit with both flying clubs and private owners worldwide, the type first flew in 1955 and is still in production today. As of 2015, in excess of 43,000 examples have been built at plants in the USA and France. In terms of longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the single most successful mass produced light aircraft in history. This particular model is designed to cruise at around 139mph at sea level, or 131mph at altitude.

 

 Gulfstream AA-5 Tiger ▼

Cessna C172 A variant of the Gulfstream American AA-5, this low-wing four seater aircraft is another consistently popular type for touring and flight  training. Introduced in late 1974 as the new 1975 model, the AA5B 'Tiger' featured a number of improvements over the previous 'Traveler' and 'Cheetah' AA-5 models and despite being heavier than its predecessors offers higher performance thanks to a larger 180hp Lycoming engine. As with all models of the AA-5, entry to the Tiger's cockpit is via a sliding canopy - a very different design philosophy to the 'car door' approach implemented on similarly specified Piper and Cessna aircraft. The canopy can be partially opened in flight for increased ventilation (a very nice feature in the summer months especially when taxying on hot days). Like all members of the AA-5 family, the Tiger is also noted for its light and pleasant handling characteristics compared to competitive aircraft of the same era, as well as high cruising speed for the installed power. By the time the company ceased production of piston engined aircraft to concentrate on jets,1323 Tigers had left the factory. This aeroplane is held in great esteem by General Aviation pilots the world over and under ideal conditions will cruise at a maximum speed of 139 knots (160 mph)
 

 Gulfstream GA-7 Cougar ▼

Gulfstream American CougarThe Gulfstream American GA-7 Cougar is an all-metal aircraft of honeycomb and bonded metal construction  intended for the flying school twin-engined trainer market and also as a personal use aircraft. The prototype's single spar wing was upgraded to a double-spar configuration making possible a 'wet wing' with internal fuel tanks. The resulting aircraft was designated the GA-7 (for Gulfstream American) and was given the name Cougar in keeping with the existing Lynx, Cheetah and Tiger names for aircraft in the company's line. Essentially a development upon the design of the single-engine AA-5B Tiger, the Cougar is powered by a pair of wing-mounted Lycoming O-320-D1D engines of 160 hp and is widely praised by for its economical performance and forgiving flying characteristics. This well-equipped example serves as an excellent instrument training platform and will carry four people at a maximum cruise speed of 160 knots (184 mph).

 
 

 Piper PA-38 Tomahawk ▼

Gulfstream American CougarThe Piper Tomahawk is a two-seat single-engined aircraft featuring a 'bubble' canopy allowing excellent visibility from the cockpit and, unusually for a machine designed with pilot training in mind, a 'T'-tail. In fact its design and specifications were a direct response to input from some 10,000 flight instructors who Piper approached to complete a detailed survey asking what they would like to see in a new affordable two-seater. Apart from the high tail lending the PA-38 similar handling characteristics to larger touring aircraft, the surprisingly spacious cockpit and ease of access to the Lycoming engine represent a quite different design philosophy from Cessna's 150/152 twin-seaters. The Tomahawk has a maximum speed of approximately 109 knots (126 mph).

 

 

 

 

 

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