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Welcome to Foxbat Australia – home of Aeroprakt aircraft in Australia.

At the present time there are three Aeroprakt aircraft types availbale in Australia – the well known A22LS Foxbat (currently close to 170 flying in Australia), the A22LS Kelpie and the latest addition to the range – the A32. All three aircraft types are fully ASTM/LSA compliant and can be registered either VH- with CASA or 23- with RA Australia.

Which of these is right for you will depend on what you want to do in your aircraft. There are many differences between the three models – some obvious and some not so obvious. Below is a summary guide to each one.

A22LS Foxbat

The A22LS Foxbat has a proven record as a very sturdy and rugged aircraft, with exemplary low speed flight characteristics. It’s ideally suited to training, with its big wide cabin and forgiving flight envelope. It’s also gained a reputation as a great ‘station’ plane – capable of handling rough paddocks, mustering, stock counting etc.

An experienced pilot will be able to land and take off in many places where you’d think only a helicopter could do the job. The A22LS will legally carry around 200-210 kgs of people and baggage after filling full with fuel.

A22LS Kelpie

The Kelpie is basically a Foxbat which has been developed specially for the Australian market. In addition to all the usual Foxbat attributes – fantastic STOL performance, rugged build quality, spacious cabin and great load carrying capability

The Kelpie has, as standard, fat ‘tundra’ tyres with rubber mudguards, a very loud 100W mustering siren and a UHF radio which operates through the headsets. Perhaps the greatest difference from the Foxbat is the Kelpie’s large, metal luggage area (placarded at 30kgs) with side door access.

A32LS Vixxen

The newest member of the Aeroprakt range, the A32 is a landplane with a 600 kgs MTOW. It has been aerodynamically refined to give a higher cruise speed, coupled with low noise and high comfort levels. It comes standard with twin GA-style control yokes and faired landing gear, including wheel spats.

Apart from a higher cruise speed, it also has a greater baggage capacity than the A22, so is potentially more suited to longer distance ‘cruising’ flights. Although its flight characteristics are similar to the A22, the more slippery A32 will likely appeal to the discerning private buyer or school looking for a capable cross country aircraft.

Amphibians

Both the A22LS and A32LS are available with straight or amphibious floats. They will take off and land, fully loaded, in a genuine 150 metres of water (or 125 metres of runway if amphib floats are fitted). Maximum take off weight (MTOW) is increased to 650 kgs to allow for the floats, so you can still carry a respectable 190-200 kgs of people and baggage after adding full fuel.

Summary of the main differences between the Aeroprakt aircraft available in Australia:

Aircraft A22LS Foxbat A22LS Kelpie A32 Vixxen
Maximum gross weight 600 kgs 600 kgs 600 kgs
Fuel capacity (usable) 112 lts 112 lts 96 lts
Usable weight after full fuel 205-210 kgs 200-205 kgs 215-220 kgs
Maximum straight & level 105 kts 100 kts 125 kts
Typical cruise speed 40-95 kts 40-90 kts 40-115 kts
Stall speed with flap 28 kts 28 kts 27 kts
Primary instrumentation Analogue, digital option Analogue Analogue, digital option
Main wheels & tyres 15×6.00-6 Cheng Shin 8.00×6 ‘tundra’ Airtrac 15×6.00-6
Nose wheel & tyre 15×6.00-6 Cheng Shin 8.00×6 ‘tundra’ 15×6.00-6 Cheng Shin
Wheel spats Option n/a Standard
Mud flaps Option Standard n/a
VHF radio TRIG TY91 TRIG TY91 TRIG TY91
Intercom VOX in radio VOX in radio VOX in radio
Transponder Option Option Option
Flight controls Y-stick (yokes option) Y-stick (yokes option) Twin yokes (Y-stick option)
Elevator trim Electric (manual) Electric (manual) Manual
Stabiliser Fixed with elevator Fixed with elevator All-flying
UHF radio thru headsets Option Standard Option
100W siren Option Standard Option
Climb propeller Option Standard n/a
Metal luggage bin – 30 kgs Option Standard n/a
All models include: Carburettor heat box Fuel tester Key locking doors
Oil bypass thermostat
  (not A32)
Tie down kit Adjustable seats
Cabin heater 12v power socket External air vents
Luggage container Control gust lock Manual flaps
LED strobes/nav lights Battery master cut-off switch Fuel tank dipstick
LED Landing light 12-month/100 hrs airframe warranty Pitot tube cover
3-blade prop
 on-ground adj with metal LEs
18-month/200 hrs engine warranty
AU fly away inc GST $116,950 $125,950 $135,950

 

Q More about the A22LS Foxbat



If you're looking for a rugged aircraft that's easy to handle, has amazing short field performance, yet is capable of cruising at 90+ knots, while (legally) carrying a good load - you've come to the right place!

But first, here are six basic reasons to have a long hard look at a Foxbat:

It is a very short take-off and landing (VSTOL) aircraft
So what? Simply – control and safety. Getting off and back on to the ground quickly, at a slow speed, means less wear & tear on the landing gear, and less potential damage to the propeller from stones and gravel. And less inertia to bring to a halt if the unthinkable happens on take-off or landing!

There is a huge amount of room in the cabin
It’s probably the biggest, airiest cabin in its class. This means that whether you’re learning, or flying with a friend, you’re not jammed shoulder to shoulder, the controls are easier to use, and room to move makes for greater safety all round.

The visibility is, in the words of one owner, ‘almost scary’
The doors are glazed to the floor, the windscreen is massive and even the rear section of the fuselage is glazed. If you’re teaching in the Foxbat, this makes for superb circuit visibility. If you’re mustering, you can see almost straight down without banking. And if you’re touring, you can see everything on the ground for miles around. The seats are positioned correctly, so tall people do not get a sore neck having to duck down to see under the wing in flight and yet can easily see over the nose.

The flight handling is superbly balanced and safe
Stalling is a non-event, even without flap. There is no tendency at all to drop a wing and you can side-slip safely with or without flap. At slow speeds, the controls are light and effective - at higher speeds they firm-up and make cruising a more relaxed affair than in some sensitive ‘performance’ related aircraft.

It has a metal airframe
So? In two words, safety & durability.
Safety: an all-metal airframe has good impact characteristics. Metal will bend and absorb forces before breaking, helping to protect occupants in the event of an accident. In comparison, composites do not absorb impacts well, usually fragmenting suddenly without bending.
Durability: correctly proofed, metal structures are durable and resistant to the external environment. Unlike composites, metal is not susceptible to structural changes caused by UV radiation, high temperatures and other weather effects. For example, composites can become significantly weakened if the surface temperature rises above 40 degrees - very easily done in even mild sunlight on an outback summer day.

Last but not least, it’s easy to get into and out of
Fed up of contorting yourself to get over the control sticks? Or jamming your legs to get under the control yokes? Forget it in a Foxbat. The centre stick makes entry and exit as simple as getting into & out of bed! Even the optional control yokes are set high so you can just slide in under them.

Q More about the A32 Vixxen



The A32 is the latest addition to the Aeroprakt range of aircraft.

Before release, the A32 was in development and testing for over 3 years. Much of this development has centred on 'state-of-the-art' aerodynamics. The A32 has undergone an extensive flight-test programme to ensure that theoretical improvements actually work in practice. The results speak for themselves:

The aircraft is aerodynamically 'clean'
At a glance, it's easy to see the faired landing gear legs and wheels and the fairings at the top and bottom of the wing lift-struts. The fuselage is smooth with aerodynamic fairings fitted to the wing roots at the leading and trailing edges. What's not so easy to see at a glance is the work inside the engine bay to reduce significant areas of drag. All these changes result in an aircraft that flies fast, glides well, stalls slow and uses less fuel than many other LSAs.

The cabin is very light and airy
The windscreen curves up level with the top of wing, resulting in excellent headroom and refined aerodynamics. The fuselage 'monocoque' needs no diagonal struts inside the windshield, so there is an unimpeded, panoramic view forward. Additionally, there is no horizontal cross-member behind the seats, resulting in easy seat positioning and a low CofG for the luggage compartment in the floor behind the seats.

The doors are fully sealed
The door design incorporates composite frames with convex polycarbonate transparencies, which seal against the airframe to keep noise and aerodynamic drag to a minimum.There is also a special design of door handle mechanism which requires no spring-loading, increasing service life and giving easy access and secure closing.

The seats are set high
The high-set seats have two significant benefits for pilots and co-pilots alike - a great view over the nose and excellent knee room. These benefits have been achieved without compromising one of Aeroprakt's great signature benefits - there's no need to duck your head to see under the wing when you're flying the aircraft. The seats, which tilt forward for luggage access, have storage pockets behind the back-rests and are adjustable fore and aft using a spring locator at the front of the seat.

There is an all-flying tailplane ('stabilator') with an anti-servo tab
There are three main reasons for introducing an all-flying tail plane on the A32 - the first on an Aeroprakt aircraft. First, control forces and trim drag are reduced. Second, an all-flying tail is simpler to produce; fewer moving parts means greater reliability. Finally, it has some aerodynamic advantages over a fixed stabiliser/elevator combination enabling more precise control of the aircraft - particularly when taking off and landing.

Q More about the A22LS Kelpie



If you're looking for a rugged aircraft that's easy to handle at low level, has amazing short field performance, yet is capable of cruising at 90+ knots, while (legally) carrying a good load - you've come to the right place!

But first, here are some basic reasons to have a long hard look at a Kelpie:

It is a very short take-off and landing (VSTOL) aircraft
So what? Simply – control and safety. Getting off and back on to the ground quickly, at a slow speed, means less wear & tear on the landing gear, and less potential damage to the propeller from stones and gravel. And less inertia to bring to a halt if the unthinkable happens on take-off or landing! The Kelpie propeller is a size bigger than standard, so take-off and climb are even more amazing

The flight handling is superbly balanced and safe
Stalling is a non-event, even without flap. There is no tendency at all to drop a wing and you can side-slip safely with or without flap. At slow speeds, the controls are light and effective - at higher speeds they firm-up and make cruising a more relaxed affair than in some sensitive ‘performance’ related aircraft.

There is a huge amount of room in the cabin and baggage area
It’s probably the biggest, airiest cabin in its class. This means that whether you’re learning, or flying with a friend, you’re not jammed shoulder to shoulder, the controls are easier to use, and room to move makes for greater safety all round. The Kelpie also has a large metal luggage bin behind the seats placarded at 30 kgs (up 10 kgs on the standard A22LS Foxbat) - easily accessed through an external side door, or from the cabin.

The visibility is, in the words of many owners, ‘almost scary’
The doors are glazed to the floor, the windscreen is massive. If you’re stock spotting or mustering, you can see straight down without banking. You can see everything on the ground for miles around. The seats are positioned correctly, so tall people do not get a sore neck having to duck down to see under the wing in flight and yet can easily see over the nose. Finally, you can fly with one or both doors removed.

It has a metal airframe
So? In two words, safety & durability.
Safety: an all-metal airframe has good impact characteristics. Metal will bend and absob forces before breaking, helping to protect occupants in the event of an accident. In comparison, composites and wood do not absorb impacts well, usually fragmenting suddenly without bending.
Durability: correctly proofed, metal structures are durable and resistant to the external environment. Unlike composite or wooden aircraft, metal is not susceptible to structural changes caused by UV radiation, high temperatures/humidity and other weather effects. For example, composites can become significantly weakened if the surface temperature rises above 40 degrees - very easily done in even mild sunlight on an outback summer day.

Last but not least, it’s easy to get into and out of
Fed up of contorting yourself to get over the control sticks? Or jamming your legs to get under the control yokes? Forget it in a Kelpie. The centre stick makes entry and exit as simple as getting into & out of bed! Even the optional control yokes are set high so you can just slide in under them.

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